How to care for Granite Worktops
Perform daily maintenance
Clean the counter top with warm water and a few drops of dish washing detergent or anti bacterial detergent using a soft cloth. If you spill something on your counter top, blot with a paper towel or soft cloth immediately. So don’t wipe the area as this can spread the spill. Flush the spill with warm water and detergent and rinse thoroughly. Dry the area with a soft cloth. Properly sealed stone will repel most stains if the spills are cleaned properly.
Do heavy duty cleaning
When granite has been neglected, you will need to use a heavy-duty stone and degreaser to effectively remove dirt, grease and grime. These products are concentrated and designed to deep clean without damaging the stone. It’s important to follow the manufacturers instructions carefully.
If you find you have a stain that is not easily removed by following the above directions for spills a “poultice” can be used to pull the stain from the stone. Stone poultice is a fine, non-acid, absorptive clay cleaning powder that removes deep set oil stains, grease and light cement grout haze from polished and unpolished natural stone. The poultice may dull the shine of the polished stone. If this occurs you will need to use a marble polish to restore the natural shine.
You can re-seal the counter top as often as every six months up to once every two years depending on how often you use the counter top. CSS Granite works recommends sealing the counter top once a year.
Hot cooking pots will not damage the surface, however extreme or constant temperature changes may harm your stone. Avoid leaving hot pans sitting on the counter for long periods of time, especially during winter.
DO NOT STAND ON YOUR COUNTER TOPS
USE TRIVETS OR MATS UNDER CERAMIC OBJECTS THAT CAN SCRATCH THE SURFACE.
Look after your tops and they can last a lifetime!
How To Care for Quartz Worktops
Quartz worktops are made from 93 percent natural quartz mixed with 7 percent pigment and bonding agents like resin. It is then heated and compacted to form an impenetrable and dense surface. The commercial quartz worktops available today are made this way and are called engineered stone. All manufacturers or engineered stone follow the same process. Introducing the pigment during the manufacturing process gives the stone and even colour and a variety of colour that might not be found in nature.
Quartz worktops are beautiful, highly-polished, durable, non-porous and stronger than granite. They are mould and mildew resistant as well as impervious to water and other liquids. It is more hygienic and food-safe due to its non-porous surface. This property also makes the stone highly polished without the need of a sealant.
Although almost maintenance-free, there are things that need to be considered and observed to keep a quartz worktop looking like new and in tip-top condition. Like all natural stones, quartz worktops still need to be cared for to keep its gloss, colour and shine and be used longer. Here are some care tips.
- Wipe the quartz worktop with a soft damp cloth or paper towel for routine cleaning. If there is some residue that needs more attention, use a mild cleanser that is chlorine-free and non-abrasive. Continued scrubbing with an abrasive material can eventually wear away and dull the surface of your quartz worktop.
- Quartz worktop will resists moisture and permanent staining but it is a good habit and hygienic practice to wipe off spilled liquids and food immediately. Some highly-acidic fruit juices can discolour the stone.
- Scrub dried and stubborn spills with a none-abrasive cleaning pad and a bit of glass and surface cleanser or a mild dish-washing detergent.
- Even if a quartz worktop is highly polished and do not require a sealant, avoid the use of bleach or cleaning agents containing bleach to preserve the colour of the worktop.
- Quartz worktop can tolerate moderate heat but continued exposure to high heat can damage its surface. Use trivets and hot pads underneath hot pots and pans to protect the beautiful surface of your quartz worktop.
- Use a plastic putty knife to gently scrape dried up food particles, gum, nail polish, grease or paint that have stuck to the surface of your quartz worktop. A used credit card will also do the trick.
- Use a degreasing product to loosen and remove grease build up on worktops. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using such products.
- Avoid the use of and exposing the quartz worktop to harsh chemicals and solvents such as paint and nail polish removers, oven cleaners and furniture strippers that contain methylene chloride or trichlorethane. These chemicals can damage the surface of the worktop and discolour the stone.
- Avoid using products that contain oils and powders that can leave a residue and mar the polish of your quartz worktop.
Take care of your quartz worktop. It will not only preserve the beauty of the worktop, it will also ensure that you will be able to use your quartz worktop for a very long time; perhaps it can even outlast your house.