How to care for your Unistone kitchen worktops
Posted by GON Granite & Marble Ltd on 14 December 2016 at 10:39am
Follow this advice to keep your new Unistone quartz worktops looking as good as the day they were fitted:
- Spilled liquids and/or food must be removed and cleaned from the surface as quickly as possible. Especially coffee and tea, which can create stains that are harder to remove due to their strong or aggressive colouring properties. Particularly never leave strongly coloured fluids to dry-out.
- If you do end up with stains that cannot be removed with water and a sponge, most can be removed using a non-abrasive cream cleaner and a soft sponge.
- Products which harden after drying (e.g. chewing gum, mustard, grease) need extra care. Use a plastic scraper - such as the type used for tile grouting - and begin by removing as much of the product as possible with the scraper. Follow up with either a non-abrasive cream cleaner, or a mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse with clear water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Never put hot pots or pans directly onto a Unistone quartz surface. Use pot stands or silicon mats designed to protect your worktops from damage.
- Never use bleach products on your Unistone worktops, nor products based on ammonia, products with a pH-value higher than 10, or strong solvents. Some aggressive chemicals, such as oven cleaners, can permanently damage the surface.
- Never use products that contain trichloroethane or chloromethane (also called methyl chloride), such as paint remover or stripper.
- Avoid contact with marking or printing inks.
- Your Unistone worktop is harder than metal (e.g. a kitchen knife), so metal marks can stay on the surface if you cut or chop something on it. Always use a chopping board when cutting vegetables. Metal marks can be removed with non-abrasive cream cleaner.
- Beware of contact with abrasive products or strongly scratching components. Always use a soft sponge when cleaning; not steel wool.
- Due to the great hardness of your Unistone quartz worktop, the impact of a falling or bouncing hard object can cause a small pit in the surface. This can be repaired with a special repair-kit (for example RepairLux from König) for kitchen worktops made of compound/quartz materials.
- Never use colour enforcing products or multiple layers of impregnation products. A film will be created that is difficult to remove.
- Never use waxes, oils, greasy soaps or shine-improving products on your worktop as again, a film will be created.
- After cleaning, always rinse well with clear water as even volatile cleaning products like acetone can leave a thin film on the surface.
- Direct sunlight can alter the colour of a Unistone worktop, so we recommend that this product is not installed outside. However, since glass filters out UV-rays, positioning a Unistone worktop behind a window - as in a kitchen sink-surround, for example - will not pose any problems.