Top Tips For Looking After Your Kitchen and Bathroom Surfaces

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Top Tips For Looking After Your Kitchen and Bathroom Surfaces

After picking out and purchasing your new worktops you want to make sure that they will look their best for a long time, not to mention that they last a long time. Each stone surface is different, so each surface will require different surface care and maintenance. When selecting the surface that will work best for you, you should consider care tips, features of the surface and how this fits your needs. Another piece of advice is to ensure when selecting a surface that it comes with a warranty or guarantee. Here at The Surface Collection all our worktops come with a warranty, so you can rest assured your surfaces are covered. This is 15 year domestic and 10 year commercial.

We have compiled a list of our top surface care tips for looking after each of the most popular stone worktops in the UK to ensure you’re getting the most wear and longevity from them…

Silkstone Surface Care

Quartz is fast becoming one of the most popular surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms due to its durability, versatility, and low maintenance in comparison to other surfaces available – we ourselves have our own range, Silkstone. Quartz is a man-made material that has been engineered to resemble natural stone without the high maintenance. Despite this, you should still take care when looking after your surfaces.

General Care

  • Quartz is pretty durable when it comes to what everyday life can throw at it, but it’s best to avoid putting your surfaces through too much, so avoid excessive heat such as placing hot pots and pans directly on the worktop
  • Use chopping boards or a butcher’s block when chopping food to avoid scratching
  • Avoid cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals like bleach or chlorine, as these can discolour quartz worktops
  • Prevent oil from spilling onto the surface, and don’t use cleaning products that contain oils, as it can leave a residue and dull a polished finish

Cleaning Advice

  • Keep quartz tops looking their best by regularly cleaning them with a damp cloth and a mild soapy solution and then wiping dry with a soft cloth
  • Use a degreaser for more heavy-duty cleaning, you can also purchase specific quartz cleaners
  • Quartz isn’t a porous surface so won’t stain easily, but it’s always a good idea to ensure you wipe up any spills quickly
  • Never use abrasive cleaning products such as metal pads or abrasive creams as these may mark your surface

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Atlas Plan Surface Care

Porcelain is another man-made material, which makes it durable and low maintenance. Unlike quartz, this is made using 100% natural occurring materials and our Atlas Plan is 0.01% porous. Staining and chips occur where there are pits in a surface so because this has such a low percentage of pores, the material is difficult to stain or damage making surface care easier. However, just as with Quartz there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to care and cleaning.

General Care

Porcelain is highly resistant to heat, scratching, and staining so you can put hot pans direct onto the surface, chop without a board and leave spillages. BUT as with any surface that you would like to get the most out of, we do still advise to care for your worktops. As such the following points are not vital but we still recommend:

  • Avoid excessive heat such as placing hot pots and pans directly on the worktop
  • Use chopping boards or a butcher’s block when chopping food to avoid scratching
  • Prevent oil from spilling onto the surface. Don’t use cleaning products that contain oils, as it can leave a residue and dull a polished finish

Cleaning Advice

  • Regularly clean porcelain with a damp cloth and a mild soapy solution and then wiping dry with a soft cloth
  • For tougher stains, particularly on the more pale porcelain, eg white and cream, use a cleaning spray with a bleach additive
  • Avoid cleaning solutions with hydrofluoric acid in as this can damage the surface
  • Porcelain is non-porous surface so won’t stain easily, but it’s always a good idea to ensure you wipe up any spills quickly
  • Never use abrasive cleaning products such as metal pads or abrasive creams as these may mark your surface

Marble Surface Care

If you’re a bit of a foodie then you might be drawn to marble surfaces due to the cooling nature of the surface, which makes it ideal for baking and pastry. This cooling comes from the surface being porous which is great for dough, but not so great for staining and surface care. To avoid any staining mishaps be sure to take extra care when cleaning.

General Care

  • Don’t let water build up on the worktops, especially in hard water areas. Why? Marble absorbs water. Evaporating water can leave behind calcium deposits – more commonly known as limescale. As marble is also made of calcium, removing limescale build up without shifting the marble can be somewhat of a nightmare
  • Do not stand or sit on your worktops. Marble is not as strong as granite or quartzite, so applying heavy direct pressure can cause damage
  • Avoid excessive heat and when taking hot pans and pots from the hob or oven place them on a trivet and not directly on the worktop
  • Marble can be prone to etching and scratching, so use chopping boards or a butcher’s block

Cleaning Advice

  • Marble is very porous and can stain easily, so always ensure you wipe up any spills quickly, especially for the usual staining culprits like red wine and curry, but also for acidic spills such as lemon juice
  • For a deeper clean or for stubborn dried on food use an all-purpose kitchen/bathroom cleaner and a soft cloth

Granite Surface Care

Granite is a robust material, which makes it perfect for heard wearing areas like kitchens especially as it’s highly heat resistant and very hard to scratch. It is also a good choice for outdoor areas as it is not easily stained by moisture or sunlight. However, Granite still requires care to keep it looking its best, so here are our top tips for keeping your granite tops looking top notch…

General Care

  • As Granite is porous it is sealed with chemicals to fill the natural pits in the surface. Some liquids are highly abrasive, so avoid getting the following on your worktops: oven cleaners, paint removers, stripping agents, nail polish removers, and acidic juices and liquids such as vinegar, lemon and lime. These can pluck out the sealant
  • Avoid exposing your new worktops to excessive heat as even though granite can handle high heat its always best to avoid it. When taking hot pans and pots from the hob or oven place them on a trivet and not directly on the worktop
  • Use chopping boards or a butcher’s block when chopping food so you can avoid scratching your work surface or damaging your knives.
  • Avoid staining your worktops by wiping up any spills of food and drinks that can cause staining, such as curry, blackcurrant, coffee and beetroot
  • You will need to seal your worktop properly on an annual basis, and this is to ensure that it isn’t left open to any potential damaging effects due to the porous nature of the stone

Cleaning Advice

  • Never use abrasive cleaning products such as metal pads or abrasive creams
  • Avoid alkaline and chlorine based cleaners and do not use bleach
  • Keep your granite tops looking their best by regularly cleaning them with a damp cloth, mild soapy solution and drying off any excess water or cleaning agent residue – granite is porous, so will soak up excess water
  • If there are marks on your worktop, use a PH neutral washing up liquid or cleaning solution with some warm water, wipe with a damp cloth and buff up with another

 

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