Caring for your stone
Engineered (reconstituted) Stone
Unlike granite and marble, sealer is not required on engineered stone.
You can use warm water and a mild detergent with a damp soft cloth or a non-scratch cleaning pad or sponge, or diluted methylated spirits.
For stubborn stains, a specialised cream cleanser can be used (or jif, gumption), diluting it with methylated spirits and gently rubbing will give best results. However, avoid over rubbing as it is abrasive and can dull the surface polish of the stone.
A cleaning suggestion – Wash with clean hot water and Methylated Spirits (8 parts water to 1 part Methylated Spirits). Wipe surface dry with soft clean cloth after cleaning, this will leave you a streak free finish.
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. If spills do occur, wash quickly with clean water.
Do not use your counter top as a cutting board. This can cause permanent deep scratching.
Avoid dropping heavy or sharp objects on the counter as chips and cracks cannot be easily repaired.
Do not use oil-based cleaners, i.e. turpentine, kerosene, etc.
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
Prior to any natural stone bench top being installed it is sealed within our factory with a specialised penetrative sealer.
Granite and marble should have an application of sealer re applied every 6–12 months, more so for the Lighter colours as they tend to be more porous.
Stone is made of natural minerals that may react adversely to cleaning chemicals and acids not intended for stone care use. Some natural stone consist mainly of calcium carbonate and are extremely sensitive to acid (e.g. granite, marble and limestone).
Fruit juices, wine & harsh chemicals if spilt must be removed from the surface of the stone immediately, use a clean cloth.
Rinse the surface thouroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth.
Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
Do not use scouring powders or creams eg. jif or gumption as these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface, and avoid using cleaners containing acids such as lemon/citrus.
We recommend using Methylated spirits to leave a streak free finish or cleaning with a specially formulated stone cleaner.