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How to Care for Porcelain Fixtures

Few items in a home match the beauty of a porcelain fixture. Beauty, however, can be fragile, and caring for your porcelain fixtures can prove challenging. Soap scum, stains, scuffs and scratches all work to mar porcelain's inherent grace. So how does one guard against the ravages of time (and chemistry)?

"Porcelain" can refer to a 100% porcelain fixture ("vitreous china"), or also to porcelain enamel, which is used to coat a steel or cast-iron fixture. Pure porcelain is most often found in bathroom sinks and toilets, while tubs and kitchen sinks are often cast-iron or steel with a porcelain enamel finish. In addition, there are many terms used to describe white "clay" fixtures - sometimes the terms are interchangeable and sometimes they are not.

For example, vitreous china and porcelain mean essentially the same thing. Vitreous china/porcelain sinks are made by baking a refined mixture of clay and other minerals at a high temperature after glazing. Vitreous china/porcelain is naturally mildew- and bacteria-resistant with a non-porous surface that is ideal for maintaining sanitation - hence its common use in lavatory sinks and toilets. Fireclay, on the other hand, is also molded from a clay and mineral mixture, but it is fired at a higher temperature than vitreous china/porcelain which gives it greater resistance to heat - making it ideal for use in kitchen sinks. Ceramic is sometimes used interchangeably with fireclay, vitreous china, or porcelain, and simply refers to a style of fixture that is molded from clay and baked.

Vitreous china, fireclay, and porcelain enamel (though generally all cleaned using the same methods) require a high degree of caution in cleaning, as the finish can be etched by acids or scratched by harsh abrasives. When this happens, the glossy porcelain look can become dull or discolored. Dirt and deposits find their way into the etched surface, becoming more difficult to remove. Thus begins a vicious circle in which these deeper-set stains can only be removed with abrasive substances, which in turn cause more etching and scratching, creating more and deeper stains. Don't despair yet though, we're here to help you break the cycle and learn how to properly care for your porcelain to help keep it looking its best throughout the years.

Source: PlumbingSupply

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How to Care for Porcelain Fixtures

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