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While it's tempting to wipe down your countertops with whatever multipurpose cleaner you've got at home, it could be dulling or damaging them. There’s more to cleaning kitchen countertops than just swiping at the counter with a cloth and cleaning products. To clean your countertops properly—and without damaging the material your counter is made from—you need to know what types of cleaners are safe for your countertops, as well as those you should avoid at all costs.
We've put together a list of tips to care for your countertops and keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
Thermal shock or “hazing” can occur when a hot pot, pan, dish, kitchen tool, or any other hot receptacle or object is put on the countertop. After using certain kitchen utensils, such as frying pans, pots, and other items that give off heat, do NOT place them directly on the surface. Trivets or hot pads should always be used.
One of the most notable features of Silestone quartz is their high impact resistance, however you should avoid any impacts on your countertop, as chips are caused by impact. Quartz is also extremely scratch resistant; however it can be scratched when proper care is not used. Do not cut food or other items directly on your countertops, instead use a cutting board as part of your proper homeowner maintenance.
Due to their low porosity, Silestone surfaces are highly resistant to household stains. We recommend you use a cleaner specially formulated to clean Silestone surfaces such as Weiman Quartz Clean & Shine. The best alternative would be water and neutral soap. Finish off by rinsing the surface with plenty of water and drying it with a soft cloth.
For difficult stains, spray quartz cleaner onto the affected area and leave on for 2 minutes. Scrub with a gentle scouring pad (the same ones you can use for glass-top stoves), rinse with plenty of water, and dry.
|STAIN TYPE||CLEANING PRODUCT||CLEANING TOOL|
|Food||Neutral Soap & Water||Wet Soft Cloth|
|Grease Stains or Oil||Neutral Soap & Water or Windex||Wet Sponge|
|Rust or Metal||Hydrochloric Acid*||Paper Towel|
|Limescale||Limescale Remover* or Vinegar||Wet Sponge|
|Other Stains (Food Coloring, Wine)||Diluted Bleach||Wet Sponge|
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