Caring For Your Stone Benchtop
The Do’s and Don’ts Of Caring For Stone Benchtops
Stone or marble benchtops, a defining feature of many contemporary properties, are popular with owners and renters alike due to their polished and sophisticated appearance. They create a sense of luxury that laminate simply cannot replicate. However, damage to stone surfaces is surprisingly easy to occur and can be VERY expensive to repair. To maintain the natural beauty of your stone or marble surfaces –
- Clean up spills as quickly as possible. In the case of marble especially, the material is porous and will penetrate the stone, causing stains or unsightly etching**
- Regularly clean with a soft, damp cloth, or sponge with warm water and a mild detergent (or specialty stone cleaner).
- Use a chopping board for food preparation and place mats and coasters if serving food and drink.
- Keep cosmetics and fragrances away from stone surfaces.
- Use your stone bench top as a work bench.
- Sit or stand on bench tops or vanities, especially in areas of weakness such as the overhang side of an island bench.
- Leave metal objects that are prone to rust, like steel and iron, resting on the surface.
- Place hot roasting trays or boiling pots directly from the oven or burner onto the stone.
- Use detergents containing alkali, acid, metallic salts, bleach, thinners or turpentine.
- Clean with harsh scourers or drag heavy objects across the surface.
**The impact of different spilled substances will vary from one to the next, however most will detrimentally impact your stone or marble surface if not cleaned up immediately. Tea, coffee, wine, liquors, orange juice, lemonade, tomato sauce, yoghurt and vinegar in the kitchen, or perfume, aftershave, make-up, hand-soap etc…in the bathroom WILL leave a mark.
So stock up on the microfibre cleaning cloths, err on the side of caution with a mild cleaner and remain vigilant to your more accident prone family and friends, to enjoy a pristine property you’ll be proud to call home.