Granite Cleaning, Quartz and Marble Stone Care Tips
Caring for quartz worktops
Quartz stone is a high performance, very low-absorbent surface material that is easy to clean and maintain. Because of its structure, Quartz is much more resistant to staining (but it is not stain proof) and odours. It also offers the lustre and beauty of natural stone without the worry that your new quartz kitchen countertop could be easily damaged.
Quartz can withstand exposure to heat from normal cooking temperatures on a LIMITED basis. However, since extreme heat may affect or damage any quartz kitchen worktop or work surface, the use of a trivet or pad is strongly recommended.
Please avoid spilling strong chemical solvents such as chlorides, trichlorethane, paint, varnish strippers, oil soaps, permanent inks, nail polish removers and also high alkaline/pH level products such as oven cleaners and bleach onto your quartz countertop.
How to clean quartz worktops – To clean quartz, a damp cloth is usually sufficient. For sticky spots detergent or a general cleaning solvent is suggested. As with any worktop, immediate attention to cleaning spills is encouraged.
For stubborn stains, household cleaning products such as Cif are effective. For extremely stubborn spills, a non-metallic scouring pad can be used without causing damage to the quartz worktop. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.
For removal of stains from grease, dried food, paint, nail polish or other substances, gently scrape away the excess with a blade or putty knife.
Please note that while quartz is an extremely tough material care should always be taken to avoid impacts, which may cause surface marking or chipping. Contact us for more information on our quartz worktop cleaner and how to clean quartz worktops
Caring for Granite Worktops and Marble Worktops
Purchasing granite or marble worktops for your home or office is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Granite and marble stone products require simple care and maintenance in order to preserve their appearance. Here are some recommendations for routine granite cleaning and care of granite, marble kitchen work surfaces:
- Clean the kitchen countertops or surfaces with a damp cloth, remembering to dry off water and/or soap residues.
- Surface shine can be maintained by using liquid all-purpose cleaners. However, the secret to cleaning granite or marble worktops is the drying process, and not any particular cleansing agent. Treat it like glass.
- DO NOT USE ABRASIVE DETERGENTS!
- Avoid spilling substances such as oven cleaners, juices, wine, oils, acids (vinegar, lemon juices), paint removers, nail varnish etc. Stone is porous and such elements can cause stains. The granite / marble is sealed during the manufacturing process. If spillage of potentially harmful substances occurs, remove the liquid as soon as possible. This will reduce the chance of any seeping through the seal. If a coat of sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces.
- Do not chop food on the kitchen worktops. The granite / marble may be scratched and your knives will become blunt. Please contact us for further information on matching chopping boards.
- It is possible to place hot things directly onto granite or marble countertops, but if you use the same area over a period of time the stone could eventually crystallize and discolour. You may wish to have stainless steel rods or studs inserted into the stone near hobs, ovens, microwaves etc. To use as a hot stand etc.
- Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
- Use fine steel wool #000 grade to remove any hard food residue, lime scale. Etc.
- Your worktops will be sealed twice prior to installation. Resealing at home can be done at your discretion. You can purchase a care kit and we would advise you to follow the instructions carefully. Never use any other chemicals, sealants or detergents other than those specifically suited to granite or marble stone. Call us for more information on our marble worktop cleaner and granite worktop cleaner
- How to clean granite worktops – Sponge, soft cloth, warm water (see above for care tips)
- How to clean marble worktops – Sponge, soft cloth, warm water (see above for care tips)