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Care & Maintenance.

Stone Suppliers

Reconstituted (Engineered) Stone

Unlike granite, marble and limestone, sealer is not required on reconstituted stone.

Everyday Cleaning

We recommended using warm water and a mild detergent with a damp soft cloth or a non-scratch cleaning pad or sponge.

For stubborn stains, a specialised cream cleanser or an “Easy Clean” spray and wipe stone cleaner can be used. Please contact us for more information about this cleanser.

Avoid exposing strong chemicals such as paint strippers/removers, furniture cleaners, oven cleaners, bleach, drain cleaners and chemicals with high alkaline pH levels or similar aggressive substances.

Heat Resistance

Reconstituted stone has been designed to be resistant to heat and can withstand exposure to moderately hot temperatures without being damaged, however hot temperatures and long contact with a high heat can lead to thermal shock, discolouration or damage.

We strongly recommend not placing hot cooking items such as pots, electric frying pans, trays or similar directly on the stone. The use of a hot pad, trivets, chopping boards or similar is advised.

Granite, Marble & Limestone

Prior to any natural stone bench top being installed it is sealed within our factory with a specialised penetrative sealer. Granite, marble and limestone should be sealed every 6–12 months.

Dark colours are slightly porous and require a protective sealer.

Light colours are reasonably porous and require an additional 1–2 coats of sealer.

Everyday Cleaning

Stone is made of natural minerals that may react adversely to cleaning chemicals and acids not intended for stone care use. Particular varieties of natural stone consist mainly of calcium carbonate and are extremely sensitive to acid (e.g. granite, marble and limestone).

  • Fruit juices, wine and harsh chemicals must be removed from the surface of the stone immediately.
  • Use a clean cloth for best results.
  • Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
  • Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on natural stone as the high acid content may etch the surface.
  • Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Change the rinse water frequently.
  • Do not use scouring powders or creams (e.g. Jif or Gumption); these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

We Recommend

  • Dusting surfaces frequently.
  • Cleaning surfaces with specially formulated stone cleaner.
  • Thoroughly rinsing and drying the surface after washing.
  • Blotting up spills immediately!

Please Avoid

  • Using vinegar, lemon/orange juice or other cleaners containing acids.
  • Using cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners.
  • Using abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • And for safety, never mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas!

Can I place a hot pot on my Marble countertop?

Marble does have the potential to burn, so hot pots, pans and electric frying pans should not be set directly on Marble bench tops. The use of a hot pad, trivets, chopping boards or similar is advised to protect the Marble surface.

Can I place a hot pot on my Granite countertop?

Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earths crust. A lit flame placed under the Granite will have neither a melting effect nor will it leave a burned or scarred mark. However heat from hot pots, pans and electric frying placed directly onto the Granite you could potentially burn the protective sealer which is applied. Also on any and all natural surfaces thermal shock can occur. This is where a hot surface meets a cold surface. Granite can take hot temperatures however a quick change of temperature, a fracture can occur on the natural Granite slab produced by Mother Nature. The use of a hot pad, trivets, chopping boards or similar is advised

Thermal Shock on Wikipedia