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Stone Care

Stone Care and Maintenance

With proper care, you stone benchtop will look good and last a long time.

Some things that may statin your benchtop are:

  • Red wine
  • Pumpkin
  • Cordial
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tandoori paste
  • Permanent markers
  • Detergents containing alkali, acid, metallic salts and/or other strong substances can actually attack the surface of natural stone and are not to be used
  • Nail polish remover, bleach, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps
  • Do not use vinegar or acidic substances to clean marble or limestone
  • Do not clean any stone with thinners or mineral turpentine

To ensure that these types of things do not leave a stain, get on top of it straight away and wipe the top.

Note: this is not an exclusive list of items that can stain reconstituted and natural stone. Stains caused by cooking, cleaning and other products could potentially void the warranty.

To maintain natural stone, always clean up spills as soon as possible to limit any absorption. Clean regularly with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Scourers can used gently to remove difficult deposits.

Non silicone based spray and wipe products such as:

  • Simple Green – All Purpose Cleaner
  • Glitz – Stone & Hard Surface Cleaner
  • Glitz Spray On Wipe Off

Some things that may stain your benchtop are:

  • Red wine
  • Pumpkin
  • Cordial
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Tandoori paste
  • Permanent markers

To ensure these type of things do not leave a stain, get on top of it straight away and wipe the stone.

Sometimes spills occur and dry on the benchtop. For materials that harden as they dry (such as gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint), remove by gently scraping away the excess with a plastic putty knife.

Permanent markers and inks may adhere to the surface and should be avoided. Should their agents come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined in Routine Cleaning. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with a cream cleanser, or a comparable product and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.

Avoid exposing engineered stone surfaces to strong chemicals and solvents; especially paint removers or furniture strippers.

Keep nail polish remover, bleach, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps away from engineered stone.

If any of the substances listed above come into contact with engineered stone, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with water.

DO

  • Any spills must be removed/cleaned immediately. In the case of marble it is a porous material (even with a proprietary sealer) any spills will penetrate into the stone and cause stains or etching etc. The application of sealers does not stop staining but may reduce the chance of staining by delaying liquid penetration into the stone.
  • Spills can be very different in nature from one to the next. Most of them, however, will turn out to be detrimental to stone if unattended immediately. Orange juice, lemonade, wine, vinegar, liquors, tomato sauce, yoghurt, salad dressing, perfume, aftershave, wrong cleaning products, etc. will etch polished marble, travertine, limestone and onyx. Clean the stone thoroughly using fresh warm water or if necessary using only neutral detergents (always do a small sample area as a test).
  • You may clean all stones with methylated spirits (such as acetone). After the stone has dried, wipe it with a clean cloth to remove any streaks.
  • You may, every 3 to 6 months apply a liquid stone wax to both marble and granite. Apply the wax with a natural fibre cloth and rub in until there is no more wax residue remaining on the surface of the stone. Any residue can be removed with ’00’ grade dry steel wool.
  • Sealers are sometimes applied to stone benchtops, however they are not effective against acidity.

DON’T

  • Don’t use your stone benchtop as a work bench.
  • Detergents containing alkali, acid, metallic salts and/or other strong substances can actually attack the surface of marble and are not to be used.
  • Keep cosmetics and fragrances away from stone surfaces and make sure the legs of any trays or appliances have felt tips.
  • Do not use scourers or any type of abrasive products on the stone.
  • Do not drag heavy sharp objects over the surface of any stone.
  • Do not sit or stand on areas of weakness such as the front or rear of sink and hotplate areas, or the overhang side of an island bench.
  • Do not place hot items such as roasting trays or boiling pots directly from the oven or burner and onto the stone. This can crack the stone.
  • Do not use vinegar or acidic substances to clean marble or limestone.
  • Do not clean any stone with thinners or mineral turpentine.

When using hot pots, saucepans and heat emitting appliances, ensure you use a heat pad or trivet to protect your benchtop.

Engineered stone has been designed to withstand exposure to moderately hot temperatures without the risk of damage, however extreme temperature changes can permanently damage the surface and crack your benchtop.

The use of cutting boards is recommended to help ensure the long lasting beauty of your engineered stone benchtop. It is not recommended to chop directly on your benchtop as this may mark the surface.

About This Cleaning Advice

This information is offered as a general guide only. This guidance does not preclude the use of other methods, materials or equipment; however the user should undertake careful evaluation and make suitable enquiries as to the suitability of alternative methods, materials or equipment, before using them.

All reasonable care has been taken in producing this information, however The Edge Glass & Stone makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of, and disclaims all liability, direct or indirect and whether or not arising out of the negligence, default or lack of care of The Edge Glass & Stone for any loss or damage (whether foreseeable or not) suffered by the recipient or any other person arising out of, or in connection with, any use of reliance by any of them on this information. Liability which cannot legally be excluded is limited to the maximum extent possible.

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