Do I need to seal my worktops again from time to time?
Yes. Although granite is treated before leaving the factory to help resist staining it is a porous material so needs to be treated at least twice a year in order to retain it’s resistance to spills. Be aware that some sealers can enhance the colour of the worktop and darken it slightly, giving it a ‘wet look’. Quartz worktops do not need to be sealed.
How do you clean stone worktops?
Clean with a warm damp cloth. A non-abrasive light neutral (PH7) detergent may be used. Don’t use abrasive materials such as metal pads, scouring detergents and wire wool, or cleaners that contain bleach, ammonia or other household cleaners.
Can stone worktops be physically damaged?
Stone is very tough however do not hit your worktop with something blunt and heavy. It can crack, chip or even break (the edges are most likely to be damaged if physically abused). Applying too much force near joints is a bad idea, and abrasive materials such as unglazed ceramic bases may cause scratching.
Can a stone worktop be repaired if it is damaged?
To a degree but it is hard to remove scratches on the surface. In the case of quartz it is much harder to repair as these worktops are generally have a single colour and colour matching can be very difficult.
What can stain stone worktops?
The most risk is from highly alkaline or acidic liquids (such as lemon juice or vinegar), oil based substances (such as butter and cooking oils - hot oil splattering from cooking pans around the cooker), wine, detergents and alcohol. It’s good practice to clean up spills quickly to reduce the risk of damage. Chemicals such as paint stripper, brush cleaner, oven cleaner, nail varnish remover, degreasant or similar products should be avoided. This is less of an issue with quartz as they are not as porous as granite but the same basic principles of maintenance should be applied.
How do I remove stains from my granite worktop?
Use water based stain remover for the removal of stains of an organic nature, such as wine, coffee, nicotine, fruit juices etc. Use alkaline degreaser for removal of dirt of an organic and greasy nature, spots, grease, pollution, smoke stains, lamp black, wax coating etc.
Can I put hot pots/pans on the stone worktop?
Yes, you can place pans on the workop for short periods of time but we would recommend that you generally avoid this practice.
Should I use a chopping board?
Stone is highly scratch resistant and is likely to dull your kitchen knives. However we would advise the use of a chopping board as a preparation centre to reduce the risk of damage to your stone worktop.