The advantages of porcelain compared to other ceramic products
It may seem that all tableware products are the same, but there are big differences in their quality, durability and safety for consumers. Due to the variety of materials available on the market, but especially because we need to be informed when choosing tableware for a HORECA location and beyond, we have chosen to present you the main advantages of porcelain made by Axa Porcelaine compared to other materials in the ceramics industry.
One of the most important aspects is porosity, meaning the percentage in which the plate retains moisture. In the case of porcelain, the porosity is 0%, so we can say that porcelain is almost waterproof. For the rest of the materials available in the HORECA industry, the porosity can reach 20%. Check what the products are made of before selecting them – ceramic, earthenware or porcelain.
What does porosity mean? When using knives on plates, microcracks can occur that are not visible to the naked eye. Traces of liquid preparations such as ketchup, mustard or various sauces will remain in these cracks. In the case of porcelain this does not happen, being sintered at 1400⁰C (the particles from which it is made are practically glued). Dishes with high porosity cannot be sanitized even at high temperatures.
The color of the tableware is another aspect that we must take into consideration. Surprisingly, most colored ceramics contain lead or cadmium. Lead was used in the glaze on the surface of vessels to make vessels durable and to make colored glazes. Cadmium is used to give glazes bright colors such as bright yellow, orange or red.
There is a good chance that the pottery contains lead or cadmium because they all use colored glazes. Lead and cadmium are easily found in vintage products (especially those made before the 1980s), South American terracotta, decorated Asian plates, handmade or brightly colored tableware.