care and maintenance
Engineered quartz benchtops are renowned for their durability – but they still need regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. Quartz surfaces have low moisture absorption, making them resistant to stains caused by everyday products like tea and coffee, wine, lemon juice, liquid food colouring and spices. While they are super durable, they can still discolour and mark which in most cases can be removed using the correct products and cleaning technique.
As with any product the composition and manufacturing process and finish (such as the polish level) can vary from brand to brand, which can influence the ease in which a surface cleans. Some surfaces may have a lower polish level than others, which means the pores on the surface, even on a microscopic level, are larger and more open. This is particularly true of honed surfaces. What appears to be staining can often be the food pigment sitting on the surface area of the pore.
This type of discolouration or staining can need a little more attention but here are the three main cleans you need to know about.
First time clean of your quartz benchtop
When a quartz benchtop is first installed it has been through the manufacturing process, several transportation processes, and the fabrication process to turn the raw material into your beautiful benchtop. Adhesive from the protective film, dirt and grime can be left on the surface of your benchtop and needs to be thoroughly cleaned before use.
Remove all items from the surface and wipe down with a damp, non-abrasive cloth removing any grime and grit that could scratch the surface. Squeeze a generous amount of quartz clean Deep Clean Surface Cream onto the bench and mix with water to help spread the product evenly across the benchtop. Gently move in circular movements across the full surface area of the bench making sure not to scrub. Avoid scrubbing your benchtop, which can remove the polish level resulting in dull patches.
Leave for a few minutes to let the natural cleaning properties of the essential oil blend dissolve grease and grime that can remain trapped in the surface pores. Use a clean damp cloth to remove the cream cleanser making sure to remove all residue.
To complete the clean and achieve a pristine, streak free finish, use quartz clean everyday surface cleaner removing all moisture with a dry, clean cloth.
It’s important to clean your benchtops daily with a PH neutral liquid cleaner, such as quartz clean Everyday Surface Cleaner to remove everyday spills (that left on the surface longer can be harder to clean) and the built-up of grease and grime on the surface which can cause discolouration.
Clean up spills when they first occur to prevent long-term damage to the surface. This daily maintenance routine will ensure your quartz benchtops look and perform their best for years.
To achieve a pristine, streak-free, clean remove all spills with a clean damp cloth. Spray quartz clean Everyday Surface Cleaner and wipe over the surface with a dry, clean cloth to remove all moisture. The unique blend of citrus and peppermint oil in quartz clean everyday cleaner with cut through grease and grime and leave your surfaces beautifully fragrant.
It’s not always practical to immediately remove spills that may stain or discolour your benchtop such as a coffee cup, a wine glass or even the ink that may have leached from a newspaper, magazine or shopping bag. Don’t panic as most stains can be removed from your surface with a little know-how, confidence – and using the right product.
quartz clean Deep Clean Surface Cream has been designed to remove pigment from the pores of your quartz surface. The unique blend of essential oils, non-abrasive cream cleanser and naturally derived surfactants are designed to lift stains from the surface.
Simply dab a small amount of cream to the stained area and leave for a few minutes. Using a nonabrasive scrubber (quartz clean scrubber coming soon) gently move the cleanser across the stain in circular movements.
Always rub in gentle, circular motions or for stubborn stains gently massage the cream cleanser into the stain with your finger. Do not scrub.
Finish by spraying quartz clean Everyday Surface Cleaner and wipe over the surface with a dry, clean cloth to remove all moisture.
There are some big no-no’s when it comes to cleaning quartz benchtops. These including avoiding exposure to products with high pH levels such as oven cleaner, bleach, paint strippers and nail polish remover. Prolonged exposure to these types of products can cause chemical burning of the resins and irreversible damage and discolouration to your benchtop.
Should your surface come into contact with such products, rinse immediately with water to neutralise the effect, and then follow the usual cleaning procedure.
Avoid excessive heat from hot pans, even radiating heat from a gas burner. Heat can burn the resin in the surface causing discolouration and damage that is irreversible.
Remember to choose the right cleaning agents that are:
- pH neutral
- streak-free formula
Avoid products that may damage your benchtop. Do not use or expose benchtops to:
- abrasive scouring pads or sponges
- alkaline cleaners, such as bleach or oven cleaner
- acid cleaners
- Extreme heat
- chopping food without a cutting board
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