Maintaining Your Stone
Different types of stone in different applications will require varying forms of maintenance and upkeep to ensure the stone itself is preserved and continues to look amazing. We have put together a one-stop guide on caring for your stone:
One of the reasons that engineered stone remains an extremely popular selection for home applications is its easy maintenance. In every day cleaning we recommend that you use warm, soapy water or a mild detergent with a damp rag or spray and wipe cleaner.
For bigger messes and larger stains, we recommend you continue to use a mild detergent or soapy water, but with a quality scrub pad. As engineered stone is non-porous, the chance of serious staining and bacteria absorption is more limited than in the case of a natural stone.
In all cases, we advise staying away from placing hot objects directly onto your stone as it can lead to cracking and damage. Strong chemicals should also be avoided.
Natural stone is typically a lot more porous, malleable, and soft in nature than an engineered stone. Although the beauty of natural stone cannot always be mimicked – which is why the use of natural stones remains popular – it will require some more aggressive everyday maintenance and cleaning to ensure the beauty of the piece is upheld. We recommend avoiding letting wet dishes or stains sit on the natural stone benchtops for too long as bacteria and mess can absorb. Although it may seem tempting to take out strong chemicals such as bleach or acid-based cleaners, these should not encounter your stone. Like engineered stone, the best way to clean a spill is warm and soapy water.
The exact type of stone you have could change the frequency of which you should seal your stone (with a stone sealer), but it is in your best interest to invest a stone sealant and apply it to the natural stone periodically.
Due to the softness of natural stone, more abrasive cleaning materials such as scrubbing pads may also cause scratching and damage to the Benchtops. In most cases, a cloth will be the best tool in keeping your marble clean.