Natural Stone aftercare
Although Natural Stone is among the most durable of materials you could choose. It is porous to some extent and therefore on the basis that prevention is better than cure, it would be prudent to follow some basic housekeeping rules in order to keep it tip top condition. The following guidelines will ensure your tops will look amazing forever.
1. Do wipe up spillages as soon as possible with a clean cloth especially liquids with a high acidic content such as fruit juices or oils.
2. Dry up water splashes. Water deposits if left can lead to an unsightly build-up of limescale.
3. Use warm slightly soapy water and damp cloth to clean your surfaces, avoid copious amounts of water. A dry cloth to buff up will leave it nice and shinny. Do not use any abrasive, acidic or caustic cleaner - a tiny amount of multi surface or washing up liquid will suffice.
4. Protect your surfaces by using chopping boards and pan stands – do not put hot pans directly on the surface.
Quartz (Man-made) stone aftercare
Even though all the quartz surfaces we fabricate are highly stain resistant some difficult stains may still occur. It is important to let us know if you are having any trouble removing stains. Always avoid using products such as solvent or acetone to clean quartz surfaces. Scouring pads should not be used, we advise you use a microfiber cloth or wet paper.
Things to remember:
As with natural stone, do not leave water on the surface for long periods of time. Especially around susceptible areas such as sinks.
Avoid the use of sharp tools to cut directly onto your worktop surface. Always try and use a chopping board or other protective materials.
Be careful not to expose your surfaces to high levels of ultraviolet light radiation, this may cause the material to change.
When handing heat radiating or hot pots/pan's do not place them directly onto your work surface. Quartz surfaces are heat resistance however, weakening may occur with repeated exposure to high level heat.
Do not try to re-polish, or use materials such as sealants on the work surface yourself. Please ask for advise.
It is not advisable to use any paint strippers, or caustic soda on your worktops. If solutions such as bleach or solvents come in contact with the surface apply plenty of water to rinse away any remaining acid. Never leave such products in permanent contact with the surface, as they may affect it affect it after 12 hours. Avoid the use of any chlorine-based products and any contact with Hydrofluoric acid.
Using cleaning products that contain microparticles and scouring pads may cause scratching of the work surface, always avoid.
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Masonry Works, 80 Dollman Street, Birmingham, B7 4RP