Porcelain surfaces are very hard and durable. The nonporous surface also has the benefit of being stain resistant. These two properties combined make porcelain very resistant to household chemicals and detergents. This in turn means that porcelain can be cleaned with a variety of cleaners; making the maintenance easy compared to other hard surface materials like natural stone. Additionally, it is available as products designed to look like natural stone; though it is itself an engineered material.