Engineered quartz recreates the beauty of natural stone but with superior durability. The benefits include resistance to heat, scratching and chipping, stains, chemicals and mildew. Unlike natural marble, engineered quartz is non-porous and does not require sealing.
Like all stone material, engineered quartz can be damaged by sudden and rapid heat changes (this is called thermal shock) so we always recommend that hot pots and pans never be placed directly on a stone surface but onto a heat trivet or chopping board. Placing hot pots or pans on your benchtop can also cause your benchtop to scorch due to the resin content.
When you first get your new benchtop there might be a film on it for transporting it safely. This might leave a residue on your benchtop which can absorb liquids, making your benchtop appear to be stained. It is important to give your benchtop a thorough clean with a non-abrasive cream cleanser mixed with warm soapy water. Gently wipe over the entire surface with your cleanser and then remove with a non-scratch cloth. Remove all cleaning product and to finish wipe down with a clean, dry cloth to restore the original shine. Never excessively scrub your benchtop.
- To keep your benchtop clean, simply wipe with a soft cloth and a pH neutral household liquid detergent.
- Products with a honed finish may be moderately harder to clean than regular polished surfaces.
- Avoid exposure to products with high pH levels such as oven cleaner. If your stone comes into contact with such products, rinse immediately to neutralise the effect, and then follow usual cleaning procedure.
- Avoid exposure to paint strippers, paint removers, bleach and nail polish remover. Rinse immediately with clean water to neutralise the effect, and then follow usual cleaning procedure.
- Avoid exposure to high impact, especially on the edges. • Avoid excessive weight being placed on the benchtop, such as tradespeople standing on the benchtop when carrying out other work in your home such as painting or electrical work.