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Majolica claddings are truly refined elements that enhance any setting with their particular elegance and visual appeal. But it is important to take appropriate care of them and use the most suitable product to keep them at their best, such as special detergents for majolicas and other ceramic materials.
To clean claddings you usually need to do the following:
- remove any dust from the surface of the cladding using a soft, dry cloth
- pour on the undiluted detergent and extend directly over the majolica
- wait a few minutes for it to dry completely
- remove the detergent with a soft, slightly-damp cloth
- dry the cladding with a dry cloth
N.B. If you do not know what detergent to buy, you can contact your nearest Piazzetta dealer who will suggest the most suitable product.
This effect is a true characteristic of Majolicas used to clad heating bodies: the “spider web” effect visible in some points of the Majolica cladding (especially at the points where the highest temperatures are reached), is the classic effect defined as crackle. The cracks occur due to the differentiated expansion coefficient between the internal “biscuit” (substrate) and the outer enamel: with the heat developed during use, the internal biscuit expands and produces these micro fractures that produce the so-called “spider web”. It is therefore a typical characteristic of Majolica that helps to make every single cladding unique, while also embellishing its appearance.
No, you cannot repaint Majolica cladding with other colours. Painting the Majolica panels is the last step in the production process of Majolica: once the “biscuit” has been produced, namely the still-unfinished ceramic panel, the enamel is applied to its surface by means of an airbrush. The application of enamel is a very delicate operation since it is necessary to apply the same quantity of enamel over the whole visible surface of the workpiece.
There are some enamels which require a single step i.e. the application of only one enamel; others require the application of two types of enamel and in some cases there are even three applications.
Once the workpieces have been enamelled, they have to be cooked again inside special ovens, to allow the enamel to fuse together. Through high-temperature firing, the enamel uniformly clings to the Majolica panel.