Tel: 02380 669300

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Unit 16 South Hampshire Industrial Park
Eddystone Road, Totton
Southampton, Hampshire
SO40 3SA

 

Care and cleaning of your worktops

Domestic

Care & cleaning

Granite & Quartz

To keep your granite looking as good as the day it was fitted, it needs to be properly maintained. Day to day cleaning requires no more than the use of a mild detergent or paper towel and a soft cloth (Eco-cloth).

Depending on the hardness of your water you may experience a gradual build-up of lime scale around the taps and sink. This may appear as a loss of polish, but it can easily be removed with a green scourer or fine wire wool. From time to time you can enhance the surface by using any brand of household polish and buff with a soft dry cloth.

We treat the granite surface with a proprietary sealer, but anything acidic left on for a prolonged period of time may damage your worktops. Products that may cause staining include:

• Cooking Oil
• Beetroot
• Lemon Juice
• Icing
• Food Dyes
• Alcohol

In the case one of these spills on your worktops, you should clean it up immediately.

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With lighter coloured granites, you may experience slight darkening on the granite where water has been allowed to stand but this should fade with time. Granite should not be damaged by heat but there is a risk of thermal fracture due to changes in sudden temperature. Granite is very scratch resistant but not scratch proof, so the use of a chopping board is advisable when cutting. Additionally, although granite is very strong, it can be susceptible to chipping if anything heavy is dropped on to it.

Stubborn marks on the granite are easily removed by firstly wiping the area clean with water and then applying Cif or another recommended cleaning product to the area. Rinse with water after cleaning and then buff with a soft dry cloth. Dried on food can be removed by gently scraping the Granite with a piece of wire wool and repeating the cleaning process mentioned above.

Quartz

Quartz worktops require very little maintenance as its unique production process creates a surface with low porosity, which prevents fluid absorption. Under normal circumstances, day to day cleaning is handled using a mild detergent and warm water to wash down the worktops. You can then dry the surface by using a paper towel, and then using a dry soft cloth, you can buff your worktops to a shine.

Quartz has a low porosity so it does not need the application of any surface sealants. It is also naturally highly resistant to surface staining from cooking oils, wine, coffee, and other products. Any stubborn stains or dried spills should be removed by firstly wiping the area clean with warm water, and then by applying Cif or another recommended cleaning product. Lastly, using a soft dry cloth, you can buff your worktops to a shine.

Quartz is extremely resistant to heat and it can withstand high temperatures for brief periods of time without damage, however it can be damaged by sudden and extreme temperature changes which shocks the colour. For this reason we strongly recommend using trivets or pot stands to protect the surface.

We recommend

that you avoid exposing your Quartz worktops to strong chemicals and solvents. Items to avoid include nail polish remover, neat bleach, caustic soda, paint strippers, and cleaning solutions that contain trichlorethane, methylene, or dimetilchlorine. You should also avoid highly aggressive cleaning agents like oven and grill cleaners that have high alkaline or PH levels. If any of the above come into contact with your Quartz worktops, rinse the surface off immediately with plenty of water and clean the area affected.

Quartz is extremely scratch and heat resistant, but we strongly recommend that you protect your Quartz worktops by using chopping boards whenever you are using knives. The above guidelines have been developed with you in mind, in order to ensure that you continue to get maximum enjoyment from your Granite and Quartz Worktops.

If you would like to arrange a discussion, request a quote or some free samples, call us today on 02380 669300.