Both granite and quartz are very tough and in most cases will just wipe clean with a damp cloth. Routine cleaning with mild soap and water will keep your worktops looking like new for a long, long time. But bear in mind although granite and quartz are tough and easy to look after, they’re not indestructible!
Here are some guidelines for keeping your stone surfaces in tip top condition:
- Wipe away spillages immediately, especially those of oil, strongly coloured food and drink and acid spillages, such as lemon juice and vinegar, wine, detergents, paint stripper, brush cleaner, nail varnish remover or similar products.
- Soft drinks, coffee, tea, and fruit juices contain mild acids and can etch the polished surface of a stone and stain quite rapidly. These should be cleaned off immediately with a mild soap and warm water.
- Never use abrasive cleaning products such as metal pads, scouring detergents or wire wool on the granite worktop, as these can affect the finish over time.
- Avoid alkaline and chlorine based cleaners and never use bleach.
- Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of many stones.
- Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the surface.
- Do not allow the build-up of salt or detergent on your granite worktop.
- Place mats and coasters should be used under items such as china, ceramics and silver or other objects that could scratch your surfaces.
- Use chopping boards to help reduce the risk of damage to your surfaces, and your knives!
- Avoid standing on your worktops. This can damage the joints.
- Do not drag pots, pans or any other kitchen utensils or appliances across the surface because even with just a grain of salt underneath, it may result in a scratch.
- Do not hit your granite worktops with anything blunt and heavy. It can crack, chip or even break, with the edges most at risk.