Care and Maintenance
Maintaining your Granite or Quartz worktop is remarkably easy, keeping it looking as fresh as the day it was installed. We have included a maintenance care package and simple recommendations to keep your worksurface hygienic and in the perfect condition.
- Your Granite/Quartz comes treated with a liquid silicone sealer which reduces the materials natural porosity and provides a protective coating. This sealer will need to be re-applied after cleaning with mild detergents at intervals of no more than 12 months, and more frequently on worksurfaces that undergo heavy use.
- Sealer/cleaner available from CSS Note: the sealer does not protect against acidic liquids. (see below)
- In normal use, clean the surface regularly with water containing soap or a mild detergent and a soft cloth or E cloth. Rinse off the surface with clean water. Polish dry with a soft dry cloth or E cloth.
- Avoid use of abrasive materials: scouring powders, steel wool, metal brushes etc.
- Never use bleach or any other hyper chlorate (chlorine) based cleaners, acids, photographic development liquids, alkalis (caustic soda) and concentrated disinfectant on the work surfaces. If any of these come into contact with the stone, clean off immediately, otherwise surface damage may occur.
- Do not allow surface deposits to build up on worksurfaces, e.g. powder detergents, salts etc.
- Strongly coloured foodstuffs, such as blackcurrant, beetroot and red wine can stain some Granite surfaces. Acidic foodstuffs such as citrus juice, vinegars, white wine and fizzy drinks could also stain the surface. Clean any spills as soon as they occur. Regular use of a liquid sealer will reduce the materials tendency to stain.
- Where possible, use pan stands or trivets to protect the surface from heavy/rough/hot pots & pans. Direct contact from heavy/rough iron, steel, ceramic, copper etc. Could scratch and stain the surface.
- It is not essential but most people feel more comfortable using a chopping board rather than cutting directly on the Granite worksurface.
- Remember – Stone is a natural material. The variations in its structure, pattern and colour are characteristics and constitute part of its appeal & value.