If you’ve had new granite or quartz worktops installed, or are considering them, it’s important to know how to keep them looking their best. They don’t require complicated routines or products, just a bit of TLC.
For both quartz and granite wipe up any spills immediately using a soft microfibre cloth.
Quartz worktops are made from a mix of crushed quartz and resin that creates a composite material that is hard-wearing and very strong. Quartz is non-porous and is stronger and harder than marble and granite, it is scratch and stain-resistant and requires little maintenance.
Quartz worktops are durable and low-maintenance surfaces that can enhance the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom. To keep your quartz worktops in excellent condition, here are some essential care tips:
- Wipe spills immediately: Quartz is non-porous, but it’s still best to clean up spills promptly to prevent potential staining.
- Use mild soap and water: For regular cleaning, use gentle dish soap or a pH-neutral cleaner diluted in warm water. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners that can damage the surface.
- Avoid harsh chemicals: Avoid using bleach, oven cleaners, or abrasive cleaning agents, as they may cause discolouration or damage the quartz surface.
- Everyday Maintenance:
- Use a soft cloth or sponge: Use a non-abrasive cloth or sponge for wiping down your worktops. Microfiber cloths work well for cleaning quartz surfaces.
- Gentle scrubbing: For stubborn stains or dried spills, you can use a non-scratch sponge or soft-bristle brush to gently scrub the area. Rinse with water and wipe dry.
- Avoid Heat and Impact:
- Use trivets or hot pads: Quartz can withstand heat, but it’s best to use trivets or hot pads when placing hot pans or pots directly on the surface to prevent thermal shock.
- Use cutting boards: While quartz is resistant to scratches, it’s still a good practice to use cutting boards to avoid potential damage from sharp knives or heavy impact.
- Preventive Measures:
- Use coasters and placemats: When placing glasses, bottles, or containers on the worktop, use coasters or placemats to protect the surface from potential staining or etching.
- Avoid direct sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause discolouration over time. Consider using blinds or curtains to limit UV exposure.
- To keep your worktops looking their best we recommend you use Q-action cleaner periodically to remove any ingrained dirt.
- General Tips:
- Test in an inconspicuous area: Before using any new cleaning product or method, it’s wise to test it in a small, hidden area of the worktop to ensure it doesn’t cause any damage or discolouration.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: Always refer to the care and maintenance guidelines provided by the manufacturer of your specific quartz worktops for any specific recommendations.
By following these care tips, you can maintain the beauty and longevity of your quartz worktops for years to come.
If you’re looking for an easy-care work surface that will add a wow factor to your kitchen, quartz is the product for you.
Granite worktops are known for their durability and beauty, and with proper care, they can maintain their appearance for many years. Here are some tips on how to care for granite worktops:
- Clean spills promptly: Wipe up any spills on your granite worktops immediately to prevent staining. Even though granite is relatively stain-resistant, certain substances like wine or oils can penetrate the surface if left for an extended period.
- Use mild cleaners: Use a pH-neutral or mild soap-based cleaner specifically designed for granite surfaces. Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the sealant and the surface of the granite. Harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia should also be avoided.
- Avoid abrasive materials: When cleaning granite worktops, use a soft cloth or sponge instead of abrasive scrub brushes or scouring pads. Rough materials can scratch the surface of the granite.
- Seal regularly: Granite worktops are usually sealed during installation, but the sealant can wear off over time. Check with the manufacturer or your installer to determine the recommended sealing schedule for your specific granite. Applying a high-quality granite sealer at regular intervals will help protect the surface and prevent staining.
- Use cutting boards and trivets: Although granite is resistant to heat and scratches, it’s still a good idea to use cutting boards when chopping or slicing food. Also, use trivets or hot pads to place hot pans or pots on the worktops, as extreme temperature changes can potentially cause damage.
- Avoid sitting or standing on the worktops: Granite worktops are strong, but they can crack or chip under excessive weight or pressure. Avoid sitting, standing, or placing heavy objects on the worktops to prevent any damage.
- Regularly dust and wipe down: Keep your granite worktops clean by dusting them regularly with a microfiber cloth or soft duster. Additionally, wipe down the surfaces daily with a damp cloth to remove any residue or dirt.
By following these care tips, you can ensure that your granite worktops remain beautiful and well-maintained for years to come.
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