Stone Benchtop Care
Before considering a stone benchtop cleaner or how to care for your kitchen stone benchtop it’s important to distinguish between the various types of stone. In particular the natural stones versus the engineered types.
Engineered stones such as Caesarstone, Silestone, Eurstone, , Quantum Quartz, Dekton and the like, are easier to care for than natural stones. Engineered stone is much less porous than natural stone so won’t tend to absorb stains. Spillages can simply be wiped off though, as in all cases should be wiped as soon as possible. You don’t need a specialist cleaner, wipe over with a damp microporous cloth or wash with a mild detergent. Occasional polishing with a normal household silicone polish should be all that’s needed to keep your benchtop sparkling like new.
Natural stones on the other hand are porous and will absorb stains. Your natural stone benchtop will have been sealed as part of the manufacturing process but the seal will wear off over time and can also be penetrated by scratches and scuffs. So natural stone benches do need more care and more regular polishing. Again, normal silicone household polish will suffice on a regular basis.
Regular polishing will make your kitchen benchtop look nicer of course. The way to tell if your stone benchtop really needs a polish is to spill clean water on it. If it beads (forms small drops) on the surface, the seal is good. If the water soaks into the surface, it needs attending to. Over time, simply polishing a natural stone benchtop won’t be enough and it will have to be deep cleaned and resealed properly. There are companies that provide this service and products to use.
For daily care though, you don’t need a special stone cleaner. A wipe over with a damp microporous cloth or a wash with a mild detergent will do.
The following list is of the more common natural stones used in kitchen benchtops that must be sealed:
Natural Stone Care Tips
Just a daily quick wipe over with a damp microporous cloth should do. Greasy areas can be cleaned use a mild dish-washing liquid and a soft cloth, rinse off and dry.
- Spills should be blotted immediately with a paper towel or with a soft cloth. Then wash the area with a mild detergent and rinse off any detergent residue. Then wipe with a dry cloth.
- Never use abrasive powders or an abrasive cloth. These will leave scratch marks on the benchtop and damage the seal.
- Liquids that will cause staining such as tea and coffee, wine, vinegar and liquor, should be blotted immediately before they cause long-lasting damage.
OOPS! Better wipe it up before this turns into..
This can happen with natural stone that’s not properly sealed and the spill not wiped up immediately.