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Care & Maintenance
General maintenance guidelines
- Although Granite and Quartz are regarded as the most practical and durable work surface available for household kitchens they are not indestructible. Care must be taken when using sharp or heavy objects not to scratch or chip the surface.
- Don’t cut or chop directly onto the surface; it is better always to use a chopping board. This applies equally to marble surfaces. Don’t put hot objects directly onto the surface, always use a trivet or similar protective buffer to protect your worktop
- If spills onto the surface take place, then it is best to wipe them up quickly
- Do not use highly acidic cleaners as these can damage the surface layer
Sealing the stone
Sealer for granite and marble would need to be applied approximately every twelve months or sooner if any surface undergoes heavy use.
Some sealers on the market today can protect for up to two to three years before requiring resealing. Use leading brand names: Lithofin, Dry Treat, LTP and Nu Life.
Simply use a neutral detergent i.e. mild soapy/fairy liquid and warm water solution, using a clean non abrasive soft cloth and buff dry. (e.g. a ratio of 4:1 water to washing-up liquid). Do not use bleach or chemicals to clean.
Ask our staff for advice on which products to use. Unlike granite, quartz does not need to be sealed and water repellants and sealants should not be used on the surface.
Avoid thermal shock
We would recommend using a trivet in order to prevent hot pots and pans causing any such sudden changes. Beware that placing something extremely hot on cold granite could shock the surface and may well leave a permanent mark on a quartz surface.
Caring for quartz surfaces
Quartz is fairly easy to clean and maintain. However you should avoid spilling strong chemical solvents such as paint, varnish strippers, permanent inks, nail polish removers and also high alkaline/pH level products such as oven cleaners and bleach onto your worktop.
Caring for granite surfaces
Granite and marble worktops constitute an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. They require simple care and maintenance in order to preserve their appearance.
Granite is a robust material, resistant to scratching, suitable for tough environments. Following the tips below will help you keep it in pristine condition:
- Don’t allow spills to sit on the surface for too long. Granite is porous and foods such as lemon juice, beetroot, wine and oil can be absorbed and cause staining.
- Use either clean warm water or a pH neutral detergent to clean the worktop.
- Don’t use abrasive materials or scouring detergents.
- Don’t place hot saucepans directly on the surface; instead use a heat resistant mat.
- Use coasters for drinks, especially hot or alcoholic drinks.
- Do not place excessive weight on the worktop edges.
Caring for marble surfaces
Marble is a natural stone that looks stunningly beautiful but can be damaged over time through wear and tear. How do you keep your marble worktops, fireplaces and vanities in good condition? In addition to the maintenance tips above, the following tips specifically apply:
- Clean marble stains as soon as possible. Marble is prone to marking because it has a calcium carbonate makeup, which reacts with any acids. Spills from wine, fruit juice, tomatoes and some soft drinks are harmful to marble. You can use a commercial marble stain remover if the stain persists.
- For daily cleaning, less is definitely more. Simply use a small cloth, microfiber, with warm, distilled water to clean marble countertops. This is mostly after contact with food and other day to day dirt.