Care and Maintenance
of Natural Stone

Maintenance of Natural Stone

Hard Stone
Such as granite show an impressive resistance to aggressive substances. Acidic foodstuffs, cleaning agents and similar materials generally should not cause problems on these stones. The hardness of the stone also provides a good protection against scratches.

helpfultips-wcaptionReconstituted (Man Made) Stone
is 91%-95% quartz based product that has outstanding properties to ensure ease of maintenance and longevity of your surfaces. It will withstand exposure to tea, soda, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and strongly coloured substances.
Everyday cleaning requires very little maintenance to keep the surface looking like new. For everyday routine cleaning, we recommend wiping the surface with warm soapy water (a mild detergent) and a damp cloth or alternatively use a quality spray and wipe cleaner.

Polishing
As Reconstituted (Man Made) Stone is nonporous, it will keep its lustrous gloss and ultra smooth surface without polishing. It will never need sealing.

Soft Stone
Such as marble, limestone and other variations are rarely used as kitchen bench tops. These stones tend to scratch easier and they react with acid, leaving unsightly dull or light patches. They are permanent and difficult to mask / remove. They require more maintenance and care.

What’s Recommended for Marble or Granite
Polish cream is highly recommended since it renders all surfaces less sensitive to etching. Slight scratch marks and dull spots can also be touched up in this way.

MAINTENANCE TIPS
Hot oil or grease can penetrate the natural stone surface easily and even impregnated surfaces should be cleaned as quickly as possible. Splashes of hot grease generally occur around the stove. If there are oil stains they may possibly be partially removed, ask the Stone Mason.
Do not clean with acid containing cleaners such as lime scale remover or vinegar based cleaners. Many foodstuffs also contain acids eg. wine, champagne, fruit juices, cola, ketchup, fruit etc. Using coasters will effectively reduce problems. Wipe clean the bench top immediately after any of these foods or liquids are spilled.

Extra stubborn dried spills and stains
For removal of these or if you want t ogive your bench top a thorough clean then we recommend Reconstituted (Man Made) Stone Cream Cleanser and a Scotchbrite or Never Scratch All Purpose Scrubber, which can be used without damaging the stone, or alternatively apply a soft damp cloth. To remove adhered materials like food, gum, and nail polish, first scrape away excess with a sharp blade. If there is any grey material marks on the surface, a mild detergent will remove it. Household bleach can generally be used as an effective cleanser to remove stubborn marks, but care should be taken as some products are considerably stronger than others.

What to Avoid

Avoid Aggressive Cleaning Agents

Avoid Aggressive Cleaning Agents

Avoid any highly aggressive cleaning agents like oven/ grill cleaner and dishwasher agents that have high alkaline PH levels. Do NOT use scouring cream, scouring powder or a scouring pad. The stone surface is sensitive to mechanical abrasion.

Avoid HOT Items

Things to consider...

Extra care for your product

Avoid HOT pans from the stove directly onto the stone. Do not use electric cookers on the stone unless you have a heat resistant board underneath.
Strongly pigmented foodstuffs (beetroot, cherry juice, blackberry juice, red wine etc.) should immediately be wiped off light coloured stone surfaces.
Although the granite is scratch resistant avoid using chemically sharpened knives on the surface. Also avoid sliding on the unglazed porcelain baking dishes, cups and plates etc.