Kitchen Worktops, Marble, Granite, Quartz Stone, Interior design ideas
22
Apr

How To Clean Kitchen Worktops: Marble, Granite and Quartz

Kitchen Worktops, Marble, Granite, Quartz Stone, Interior design ideasImage Credit – Pinterest

Don’t fret! That stain on your stone worktop can be removed and, more importantly, prevented. Stone worktops not only add an expensive touch to kitchens, baths, and multi-purpose rooms, but they are an excellent choice for durability. 

In saying that, marble, granite, and quartz each have their selling points—and their cleaning and maintenance needs. It’s critical to know what you’re signing up for before you buy – your worktop material must serve your design, but be practical, too.

To keep any surface looking good, you want to make sure you are taking the correct precautions and preventing any scratching or intense heat exposure. Whether you prefer marble, granite, or quartz, it is essential to determine how to care for each type of stone to prevent damage. 

Beyond buying a cutting board and steering clear of direct surface-to-heat contact, here are some general care tips that apply to all types:

  • Always protect worktops from hot pans and dishes of food. Excessive heat can cause a thermal shock, which may crack stone worktops.
  • Pay attention to spills and wipe them up immediately. Most stone is sensitive to acidic foods like wine, citrus juices, vinegar, and salad dressings.
  • Avoid chopping or slicing directly on the stone counter to prevent scratches. Always use a cutting board.
  • Never stand or sit on stone countertops. Small fissures in the stone may cause cracks if subjected to excessive weight.
  • Remember stone worktops finished with a sealant will not last forever. Normal wear and tear removes the finish. Light coloured stone usually needs to be resealed every one to three years, while darker colours can go three to five years.

Now we will take a look at the proper care of each specific type of stone worktop and some of the best ways to clean them.

MARBLE

Marble Kitchen Worktops, Natural Stone Worktops, Modern Farmhouse DesignImage Credit – Architectural Digest

Tools:

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tape

Cleaning:

For everyday cleaning use a mix of warm water and mild dish soap, following up with a microfibre towel to shine up the stone. And remember to avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners, which can strip the sealer and etch the stone.

Stain Removal:

For oil-based stains on marble worktops, clean with a paste of baking soda and water, or for water-based stains use hydrogen peroxide. 

Apply the paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges. Leave it overnight, and then rinse off the paste after 24 hours. Repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely gone. 

Before attempting to remove any stains, do a spot test first to make sure the method won’t affect the colour or finish of the stone.

Sealing:

Marble surfaces need to be resealed regularly to protect them from stains. Our suggestion is to reseal your surfaces once a year.

Marble is a classic and elegant worktop treasured by professional chefs for its cool surface temperature. Marble is quite porous though, therefore it stains and scratches easily. Sealing will help with stains but acidic foods will etch marble very quickly. 

  • The key to keeping marble looking great is prevention. Wipe up food and drink spills as soon as possible. Clean your surfaces daily with mild dish detergent and warm water using a soft cloth. Do not use a scrubbing sponge, and never use vinegar, glass cleaners with ammonia, or any type of harsh cleaner.
  • Marble worktops should be resealed once a year to protect them.
  • For food stains or rust marks left by metals, create a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Apply liberally and allow to dry before wiping away. Repeat as needed.
  • To remove scratches and etching, use a marble polishing powder. Follow the product instructions carefully and use the lightest scrubbing touch to prevent damage. Make sure to reseal your surfaces after polishing.
Marble stone slabs black with white veins and brown and blackFeaturing Marble stone slabs from our suppliers page

GRANITE

Granite Worktops, Natural Stone Worktops, Kitchen Design IdeasImage Credit – Pinterest

Tools: 

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tape

Cleaning:

Granite slabs are known for their hard-as-rock durability. They also come in a multitude of colours and formations, which is why it’s one of the most popular stone worktops for kitchens and bathrooms. 

Granite is naturally antibacterial; our recommendation for daily cleaning is warm water and mild dish soap for an easy-to-care-for finish.

Stain Removal:

For difficult stains like red wine or beetroot juice, form a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a dense paste. 

Just like with marble, make sure to coat the mixture about one-fourth inch thick over the stain, wrap with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges to hold it in place. 

Allow the mixture to remain on the stain for 24 hours. Then remove the plastic wrap and allow the mixture to dry thoroughly. Once the compound is dry, you can wipe it away. Repeat as needed until the stain is gone. 

Sealing:

After cleaning, you will need to reseal the surfaces to prevent further staining – we suggest resealing your surfaces every 1-2 years. 

  • Keep your granite worktops shiny with a daily cleaning method of dishwashing detergent and water. Mix them in a spray bottle, and after food preparation, give your surfaces a quick spritz, wipe with a soft microfibre cloth and allow​ to air dry.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals like foaming bathroom cleaners or anything acidic like vinegar or lemon juice that dull the finish of granite.
  • Always use a cutting board and trivets to prevent scratches from sharp objects and gritty items. Follow our guidelines on resealing granite worktops as recommended. 
Granite stone slabs white with silver specks and black with white and brown marblingFeaturing Granite stone slabs from our suppliers page

QUARTZ

Quartz Kitchen Worktops, Engineered Stone, Kitchen Design Ideas, Black surfaces, Sleek KitchensImage Credit – Silestone

Tools:

  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Non Abrasive glass or surface cleaner
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Non Abrasive sponge

Cleaning:

Quartz worktops are made from resin-bound quartz crystals; engineered stone re-creates the look of its natural counterparts without requiring the same maintenance. 

You can wash your surfaces with mild soap and water, as well as non-abrasive glass and surface cleaner.

Stain Removal:

Quartz worktops are mostly stain-resistant, but if you come across a persistent mark that soap and water can’t handle, use a glass cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge. 

Sealing:

Engineered stone worktops don’t need any resealing to stay in pristine condition. While quartz is a naturally occurring mineral found in many stones, quartz worktops are not a solid slab. They are engineered stone 93% quartz and 7% resin. Formed by combining randomly sized quartz crystals with resins and coloured pigment to create a slab. 

Quartz worktops don’t need any resealing to stay in pristine condition. It is an engineered stone made from 93% quartz and 7% resin – Formed by combining randomly sized quartz crystals with resins and coloured pigment to create a slab. 

One benefit of this manufacturing process is that quartz worktops are nonporous and do not need to be sealed or resealed. However, you will need to avoid placing extremely hot items on the surface, which can mar the resin.

  • Quartz is one of the easiest stone worktops to care for since it is not affected by acidic foods and does not scratch easily. Use a glass cleaner or any non-abrasive household cleaner for daily cleaning, and stay away from abrasive scouring pads.
  • Not much will stain quartz. If you find dried paint or nail polish on your surfaces, use a plastic putty knife and carefully scrape it off. Permanent ink is a tricky stain to remove, so always protect your surfaces when using Sharpies.
Quartz slabs white with blue veins and black with white veinsFeaturing Quartz stone slabs from our suppliers page

If you have stubborn stains that you cannot remove using any of these methods, please contact us today, and we can advise you further.

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