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Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance of Granite Countertops and other materials

In case anything spills on the countertop, you should wipe it away immediately. This is especially important if the liquid contains some type of corrosive substances.

You should never use any acidic cleaner in wiping your kitchen countertops. Stick to recommended cleaners only.

Ensure that you use a soft piece of cloth for wiping.

Avoid placing hot things such as dishes on the countertops, as this tends to affect all natural stones. However, granite is relatively heat resistant.

You may also consider using a protective sealant over countertops made of natural stone. You can seek the advice of an expert to give you proper advice on home care and maintenance services

Taking proper care of CaesarStone

How to maintain Quartz surface

The surfaces made of CaesarStone quartz will give you a unique combination strength, ageless luxury, and great sophistication. Maintenance and care of the surface will require a simple routine. You should preferably use a mild detergent with warm water, using a soft cloth.

Little maintenance

You will not require any sealing in order to maintain the luster because the surface is hard and non-porous. Using either a mild detergent or soap is enough to clean the surfaces.

Dried spills and other stubborn stains

In this case, you may use a household cleaner that is not abrasive to maintain the shiny appearance. Rinse to remove any residues. If the staining substance has stuck to the surface, you can use a plastic knife to scrape it away before applying a damp cloth to remove any marks. If the substance does not respond, you ay use a non-scratch Scotch-Brite pad and a non-abrasive cleaner.

Heat

CaesarStone is quite resistant to heat - more than many other stones, and any temperature below 100 degrees Celsius will not affect it. Never the less, you should protect it from sudden temperature changes. You should therefore avoid placing hot pans and pots directly on top of it. Use a hot pad under any cooking unit.

Scratches

Although CaesarStone is very resistant to scratches, you should never the less avoid using sharp objects on the surface.

Watch out against these cleaning agents

In your care and maintenance of CaesarStone, you should avoid any strong chemicals, which can create irreversible damage. You should therefore not use cleaners that contain either Methylene chloride or Trichlorethane. Do not use such aggressive cleaners as oven cleaners or dishwasher polishing agents with high PH values. In case such substances get into contact with it, you should use clean water immediately to rinse in order to neutralise them.

Maintenance and care of DuPontTM Corian®

There are usually three different types of countertop finishes, namely semi-gloss, high-gloss, and satin/matte. All the sinks are finished with matte. Many ammonia-based cleaners are enough to clean the surfaces. In case the residues prove too stubborn, you may need to use a cleaner that is a bit stronger.

There are more than 100 colours, some of which need to be cleaned more regularly than others. For instance, darker colours tend to show scratches more readily than lighter ones, hence they will need more care and maintenance. As you use and maintain the countertops, their finishes will change over time, developing a patina. If you want to get a fresh look, there are necessary guidelines that you need to follow.

How to clean finishes

General dirt and residue Ammonia-based cleaner and soapy water. Avoid window cleaner. Wipe dry after rinsing. Commercial solid surface cleaners Clean EnCounters® can also be used
Avoiding hard watermarks Clean up any spills immediately and wipe dry after rinsing
Removing hard watermarks Apply specially formulated cleaners like Lime-Away and CLR
Stubborn residue Use a deep cleaner to spray the residue, ensuring that you follow instructions. Use soapy water to wash. Rinse and dry well. If this fails, take the steps below.
Disinfection Use diluted household bleach to wipe the surfaces from once in a while. Use water to rinse the top and dry well

 

Cleaning lavaratories and sinks 

Cleaning Use the steps mentioned above, or green Scotch-Brite® pad and Soft Scrub® to get rid of residue. Rub the green Scotch-Brite® pad all over the sink. However, you should never apply Scotch-Brite® on countertops.
Disinfection Use diluted households bleach to fill the sink to 1/4 its capacity, ensuring that some get in the overflow opening. Leave the solution in the sink for fifteen minutes before letting it drain as you clean the sides and bottom. Use clean water to rinse the sink.
   
  • Keep the bleaching agent from bare skin and eyes. Follow the manufacturers safety measures.
  • Use recommended countertop polish in the care and maintenance of high-gloss and semi-gloss finishes.

Scotch Brite® is a registered trademark of 3M Company
Soft Scrub® is a registered trademark of The Dial Corporation
Countertop Magic® is a registered trademark of The Hope Co.

Although Corian® is resistant to heat, you should avoid letting direct contact with hot things. You should use either hot pads or heat trivets before placing hot appliances on your countertop. Let all cookware cool down before you put them into the sink.

Appropriate maintenance and care to prevent damage

Although you may be able to repair the damage on Corian®, you should strive to prevent the damage. Here are necessary steps.

  • Ensure that no substance that contains strong chemical gets in contact with your countertop. In such a case, you should use clean water to rinse the surface immediately.
  • When you are cutting, you should not do it directly on the countertop.
  • Get into the habit of running cold water as you use hot water in your Corian® sink.

Getting rid of blotchy appearance and fine scratches

If you have been letting hard water to dry on your countertop, it will develop a blotchy appearance over time. To take care of this problem, you need to take these steps.

  • Use either a piece of cloth or damp sponge with mild abrasive liquid. Make circular rubbing motions over the area. Make overlapping movements to clean the whole area well.
  • Use clean water to rinse thoroughly and then dry the surface very well.
  • Repeat the process in all affected parts until the stain disappears.
  • This process will help in getting rid of fine scratches, but deeper ones may still remain. In such a case, you may consider the steps below, or seek professional assistance.

Getting rid of minor scratches

  • Wash the affected part thoroughly. Use the Peach-coloured portion of a cleaning pad top rub on the surface before it dries. Do not exert a lot of pressure, which will just heighten the scratches. Change the direction of rubbing at right angles. You should also clean the pad as you keep rubbing to remove collected residue.
  • After getting rid of the scratch, use clean water to rinse the surface and dry it well. Determine the appearance of the area you have worked on relative to the rest of the surface.
  • If this process does not remove the whole scratch, you can turn over the Aqua coloured side and then the grey coloured part.
  • Rinse the pad well and let it dry in the air
  • If this still fails, get in touch with your dealer for assistance.

Maintenance and care of stainless steel countertops

Stainless steel is very durable, and it will hardly fade, rust, stain, or chip. However, this does not mean that it is beyond destruction. For example, although steel is among the hardest materials, it can still get scratched.

Stainless steel requires very minimal maintenance, but frequent cleaning will help in making it maintain its new appearance. This is especially important when you consider that watermarks and fingerprints will show readily on stainless steel.

Place a cutting board over the top instead of cutting directly on top of it. If the surfaces receives minor scratches, they will not be removed. Using the bare surface will also damage your knife anyway!

Maintenance and care of stainless steel surfaces requires the use of diluted vinegar, baking soda, or mild detergent. Clean, rinse, and dry the surface well.

Stainless steel usually develops grains during polishing. You should therefore clean along the polish lines when you use abrasives.

Watch against these

Never use any chlorine-based cleaner. Avoid steel wool except when it remains the only option. Its small iron particles will stick onto the surface and begin to rust, which will give the impression that the stainless steel is rusting. The surface will get a white stain if you leave lemon juice, ketchup, salad dressings, mustard vinegar, mayonnaise, and salt on the top for a long time. You can use a fine Scotch rite pad to remove this stain. Avoid scrubbing across polish lines.

Sanitation

In case you are concerned about bacterial contamination of your countertop, You should opt for either stainless steel or granite. Scientific studies were carried out to measure bacterial resistance of six materials used in making countertops, and these two materials came on top.

The Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management used E coli to contaminate the materials (with about two billion micro-organisms) before Taking usual care and maintenance measures. The results were as shown below.

Surface Microorganisms Eliminated by Cleaning
Stainless Steel
Granite
Laminate
Ceramic Tile
Concrete
Wood
85,113,804
79,432,823
498,884
293,765
32,810
2,080