||Although almost maintenance-free, there are things that need to be considered and observed to keep a quartz worktop looking like new and in tip-top condition. Like all natural stones, quartz worktops still need to be cared for to keep its gloss, colour and shine and be used longer. |
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It is highly recommended that you remain vigilant when it comes to cleaning up spillages of common household items such as tea, coffee, wine, vinegar, fruit juice, cooking sauces etc. It is far easier to clean up these spills when they happen, before they become dried in and stubborn. To clean, you should prefer products specially designed for quartz and avoid using highly acidic or bleach containing cleaning products. Abrasive materials may also damage stone surface.
For more stubborn items use a household cream cleaner with a non-abrasive cleaning pad. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry with paper or cloth towels and for best results, wipe and dry in smooth circular motions with a lint free cloth.
Removal of Dried-in Spills
Some items harden as they dry and become more difficult to remove from your worktop surface. To tackle these kind of spillages, firstly remove any excess with a blunt plastic scraper, then clean the surface with a damp cloth and if necessary a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive household cream cleaner. Rinse thoroughly and dry with paper or cloth towels.
Avoiding Oils, Chemicals, Dyes and Solvents
Avoid using stripping agents, grease removers, caustic soda or products that have a PH value above 10 on Quartz. Do not use solvents that contain dichloromethane, chloromethane or methylene chloride.
Oils, chemicals, dyes, and solvents can permanently damage your work surface. If you do spill any of these types of product on your work surface, blot up IMMEDIATELY and rinse with plenty of clean water, repeating if necessary. Dry with paper or cloth towels and for best results wipe and dry in smooth circular motions with a lint free cloth.
Please note: Oils and dyes capable of staining can be found in common food items such as curries and popular take-away options. Therefore, please do not allow spillages from these types of products to remain on work surfaces for any prolonged amount of time.
Avoiding heat damage and scratches
Quartz is not completely heat resistant, i.e. it can stand the heat only temporarily and may crack as a result of a thermal shock. It may also cause heat damage to the worktop (e.g. trace of a hot cookware)as the resin in the composition of quartz melts at high temperatures. For example, we strongly recommend using special trivets when placing hot objects on the surfaces containing mirror flecks in order to prevent damage to the surface. We do not recommend placing hot objects directly on quartz surfaces, even temporarily.
Although quartz is rather scratch resistant, we still recommend using special cutting boards to avoid possible damages.
When used indoors, polished quartz worktops do not require impregnation (i.e. treatment with specialsealant), because quartz does not absorb liquids. When used outdoors, quartz may change its colour over time.