FAQ: How to clean engineered stone benchtops?
The kitchen is the heart of many people’s homes and can be a very high traffic area. With so much day to day use, kitchen benchtops are constantly exposed to food, liquid, spills, accumulated dirt, and – overtime – wear and tear. So how do you keep your benchtop looking beautiful forever? Keep reading to learn how you can remove even the worst of marks from quartz surfaces.
How often should I clean my engineered stone?
If the stone surfaces are in contact with food and beverage or day to day dirt, grime and bacteria we recommend you clean your benchtop daily after food preparation.
Please note that matte, honed, textured and non-gloss surfaces are as durable as gloss surfaces, but require more frequent cleaning to keep free from marks and fingerprints.
What cleaning agent should I use for quartz surfaces?
For routine cleaning, use small quantities of non-bleach, non-abrasive cleaners together with warm water and a damp cloth or sponge. Liquid spills including fruits, vegetables, food colourings and curries, should be wiped up immediately and cleaned with a mild detergent and water.
For everyday cleaning of all Essastone surfaces, we recommend our new Essastone Cleaning Kit. While other cleaners may contain ingredients that could damage the engineered stone or diminish the polished surface over time, the Essastone Cleaner is safe to use. It efficiently cleans the surface from dirt, oil and grease and also protects and maintains the stone surface.
- Pleasant fragrance
- Free from phosphates
- Recyclable bottle made from environmentally friendly material
- Comes with FREE Essastone microfibre cleaning cloth
All Essastone surfaces are acid and scratch resistant. Other engineered stone surfaces may be etched or stained by items that contain acids such as vinegar, fruit juice and wine.
What cleaning products should I avoid using on engineered stone surfaces?
Avoid using the following chemicals and solvents as they can cause damage to quartz surfaces:
- Concentrated bleach (such as undiluted Domestos)
- For Gloss surfaces – avoid cream cleaners entirely (many cream cleansers have been found to contain abrasives that may damage the polished surface).
- Oil soaps
- Furniture cleaners
- Oven cleaners
- Drain cleaners and chemicals with high alkaline pH levels
- Paint remover
- Paint and stain strippers
- Nail polish removers
If a strong chemical or solvent comes into contact with your surface, first, rinse immediately with plenty of water, then follow with the normal cleaning procedures.
How do I remove nail polish and chewing gum?
For gloss quartz surfaces, if routine cleaning procedures do not remove these spills and stains, use a non-abrasive cleaning pad such as a household sponge, along with a glass and surface cleaner. If chewing gum, nail polish, or similar substances are stuck on the surface then remove them with a plastic scraper and follow the routine cleaning procedures listed above.
Note: we recommend avoiding using cream cleaners on your gloss engineered stone surfaces – many cream cleansers have been found to contain abrasives that may damage the polished surface.
For matte, honed or textured quartz surfaces (NOT GLOSS), the careful use of “Jif Cream Cleanser with microparticles” can be used in conjunction with the following procedure:
- Wet the surface with water and apply a small amount of “Jif Cream Cleanser with micro-particles” with a damp soft cloth.
- Only use light pressure and clean the surface with a swirling motion.
- Keep the area wet with small amounts of water to allow the fine cleaning particles to gently remove the
- Wash and wipe the surface to remove the cleaning agent and dry it with a soft cloth.
For all finishes, should the spots or stains persist even after following the above procedures then, use a spot of acetone. However, this should be your last resort! We highly recommend testing the acetone on an inconspicuous area before applying it on top of your benchtop, as colour change or surface damage resulting from the use of acetone might not be recognized under the warranty.
How can I remove stains from red wine or permanent marker from quartz surfaces?
To remove red wine and other tannin based stains use a diluted bleach solution (a 50:50 mix of “Domestos Regular cleaner” and water). Do not allow the bleach to remain on the surface for longer than one minute. Afterwards, wash the surface with water to remove the diluted bleach and dry it with a soft cloth. Repeat the process, if this has not been successful.
Help, there’s glue on my benchtop!
Don’t worry, if the glue has not yet dried on the benchtop, you can remove it with a soft cloth. If adhesives such as super glue or something similar have dried onto the surface, first, try removing them with a soft plastic scraper. If this does not help, carefully apply a white spirit cleaner (spot test first) and immediately wash it down with water.
Is there a way to repair scratches on my quartz surface?
Light scratches and burn marks can normally be repaired on the surface of engineered quartz by specialised technicians experienced in the art of stone restoration. Deep scratches or full depth scorch marks may be at least visually improved.
These cleaning tips have been developed for Essastone by Laminex surfaces. You may find these tips work for other quartz surfaces with gloss finish, however you’re best to check with their warranties first and to follow specific care and maintenance instructions for the maintenance of any product.
For more tips on how to clean and maintain Essastone surfaces, please download our Care and Maintenance Guide.