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Maintaining Countertops Made Of Engineered Stones

Maintaining Countertops Made Of Engineered Stones

Are the countertops in your kitchen made of engineered stones? Have you noticed stains from spilt beverages, food scraps on it? If so, you might be wondering what type of solution you could use to clean the ugly mess. With that said, different materials used to design and manufacture countertops requires special care and maintenance. For instance, you cannot use the same cleaning solution on wooden tops, which are specifically used on stainless steel and vise versa. For that matter, it’s important to make sure what could be used and how it should be applied. As a fact, it would preserve the surface of the countertops longer and it would look brand new.

The pointers that would be highlighted in this piece of article are not rocket science, but simple to understand. Moreover, you could contact the company and request for a brochure on tips for cleaning these surfaces. Given that, this article focuses on pointers for maintaining countertops made of engineered stone. These stones include granites, quartz, etc. Here are some useful pointers for consideration:

  • No to strong detergents or cleaners

One of the no, no’s for maintaining natural stone benchtops in Melbourne is avoiding the use of strong detergents. The strong chemicals used in bleaching, drain solutions, over cleaning, etc. could damage the surface further. As a fact, only use warm water and a regular cleaning solution (diluted in the water) for cleaning.

  • No scrubbing!

Homeowners, wash pots and pans with scrubs, many are under the impression that it would be suitable for these surfaces too. However, cleaning the surfaces with harsh scrubs would bruise the surface, leaving lines. Therefore, make it a point to only use a soft cloth, sponge or wipes on the engineered material.

  • Avoid keeping hot pots and pans

The property of heat resistance is one reason for individuals to invest on engineered marble, granite, etc. benchtops. It could handle only mild exposure to mild temperatures. Yet, many homeowners place piping hot pans on these surfaces. As a fact, it results in damage, thermal shock, etc., which in turn reduces durability.

  • Sealing the countertops biyearly or yearly

On the other hand, the countertops that are manufactured are sold with a sealant to protect the surface. However, with time, the sealant could be damaged due to external factors such as spills, exposure to heat, etc. As a matter of fact, the reconstituted natural stones should be resealed once every biyearly or yearly.  

Have you noticed fractures on the countertops? Or, you might have finally noticed the hard stains been left on the surfaces. There are plenty of reasons for these scaring, bruising, etc. You might not have thought about it, however, have you kept piping hot pans taken directly from the stove? Therefore, be mindful and maintain these countertops for long lasting appeal and effect.