Caring for Vitreous China (Ceramic) Basins and Toilets

Vitreous china products (toilets, basins, sinks, laundry troughs) are used for all the dirtiest jobs around the house, but it just takes a little bit of care to keep your Seima products looking at their best.

Ceramic basin

What is Vitreous China?

Vitreous china is formed from clay similar to wall or floor tiles, and are specially glazed to have a glass-like or “vitreous” surface. This glass like surface is what gives vitreous china its name and characteristic. It is incredibly durable and resistant to stains, however over time some discolouration may occur. Here are a few tips for keeping your ceramic products clean.

Toilet Care

Use toilet bowl cleaners on the inside of the bowl only. Avoid in-tank cleaners as they can damage the flush valve or other working parts. Wipe any splashes of cleaner solutions from plastic or plated surfaces immediately. Over time, hard water deposits may clog toilet rim holes & trapways. To handle this problem, purchase a commercial cleaner that’s recommended for the removal of hard water deposits. Follow all instructions on the package.

Basin Care

To keep your new ceramic basin looking brand new, here are a few tips.

For day-to-day care, all you need is water and a damp cloth.

A fast and easy way to remove water marks and grease or soap scum deposits is with a proprietary bathroom cleaner such as Ajax liquid, or similar products found in your supermarket.

Household vinegar or vinegar solution can be used to remove limescale deposits. For stubborn stains, cover with a piece of kitchen paper soaked in vinegar and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

You should be cautious of substances containing fluoride, such as rust removers and toothpaste. Make sure that deposits are removed immediately, as they can cause stains if left for any length of time.

Some stains cannot be removed by the methods described above. In these cases we would recommend using a cream bathroom cleaner such as Gumption (found in most supermarkets) but take care as they have the possibility of dulling the surface of the ceramic if overused. It is a good idea to test an area that is not highly visible before proceeding.

Harsh Chemicals to Avoid

DO NOT USE HARSH CHEMICALS SUCH AS DOMESTOS. THEY WILL DESTROY THE CHROME FROM OVERFLOW CAPS AND/OR CAUSE DETERIORATION OF THE RUBBER SEALS IN THE WASTES.

warningWARNING: NEVER MIX DIFFERENT CLEANING PRODUCTS
THE RESULTING CHEMICAL REACTION CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS.
ALWAYS READ THE LABELS.

3 thoughts on “Caring for Vitreous China (Ceramic) Basins and Toilets

Leave a Reply to Teiya Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *