How to Clean Your New Countertops from Stoneworks

September 19, 2018

Do's and Don'ts for Maintaining Your Natural Stone Countertops

The nonporous surface of this manmade stone is virtually maintenance free—but that doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. You’ll still need to follow a few simple maintenance rules when caring for your quartz …

 

  • Wipe up spills immediately. Quartz is stain resistant—not stain proof.

  • Clean with a soft sponge or dishcloth and water, using a dollop of dish soap or Stonetech® cleanser for stubborn/greasy messes. Make sure to use a non-abrasive cleanser, and thoroughly rinse off with water after use.

  • Enlist the help of a plastic knife for careful removal of gummy/hardened materials. Do not use abrasive pads to clean tougher dirt as abrasives can damage the finish/sheen of your countertops.

  • Use a trivet/hot pad beneath hot pans, crock pots, and other heat-generating items to protect your countertop.

  • Again, quartz is heat resistant but can be potentially damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes. Do not put hot cookware directly on the countertop.

  • Quartz surfaces are scratch resistant; however avoid using sharp knives and other sharp instruments directly on the surface. The use of a cutting board is always recommended.

  • Do not try to seal your quartz. It’s a nonporous surface and doesn’t require any sealing to resist stains.

  • Never stand on your countertops, as they may be susceptible to cracking or fractures.

 

  • Clean stone surfaces with Stonetech® cleanser, stone soap, or mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.

  • Similar to any item cleaned in your home, an excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Follow manufacturer recommendations.

  • Use a clean soft cloth and rinse thoroughly after washing with the soap or cleaner.

  • Do not use lemon, vinegar, Windex® or other cleaners that contain acids, as they may etch or dull your countertops.

  • Do not use scouring pads, powders or creams which often contain abrasives that may scratch your surfaces.

  • Use a trivet/hot pad beneath hot pans, crock pots, and other heat generating items to protect your countertops.

  • Again, granite/natural stone is heat resistant but can potentially be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes. Do not put hot cookware or pans directly on your counter top.

  • Natural stone surfaces are scratch resistant; however, avoid using sharp knives and other sharp instruments directly on your stone surface. The use of a cutting board is always recommended.

  • Never stand on your granite/natural stone countertops, as they may be susceptible to cracking or fractures.

 

Proper care and maintenance will allow you to enjoy your new countertops for years to come.

 

 

 

 

For proper maintenance we suggest

Stonetech Tile & Stone, a professional cleaning product we recommend for daily use on various tile and stone.

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Stoneworks is the region's leading source for marble, granite, stone, quartz, & tile products for use in countertops, fireplaces, kitchens, baths, and more. Serving the South Carolina coastal region and the communities of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort, Kiawah Island, Savannah, Georgia, and more. StoneWorks offers free design consultations with an outstanding team of experienced designers. Our fabrication and craftsmanship are highly regarded. Countertops, vanities, sinks – if you can imagine it – we can create it for your next remodeling project or new home.

 

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