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Stone worktops are some of the most hygienic options for your kitchen. Quartz and Sintered-Stone in particular are classed as non-porous and so doesn’t allow bacteria to grow.

As a result, keeping your stone worktops clean is a relatively easy task. Here we have broken down the best advice depending on what type of stone you have in your kitchen or bathroom.

Don’t use Soap or Soapy Water

Before we get into our cleaning advice it is important to mention using soap and soapy water for cleaning your worktops. This is something we do not recommend you do.

While the soap does not damage any of the stone worktops, it can leave a thin film of residue over the surface of the stone. Over time, this can build up and make your worktops look dull, as if they have lost their polish. This residue can also absorb materials, looking as though your worktops have stained.

If this happens, this is easy to rectify. Simply cover the area with Cif cream, let it work for a few minutes, and scrub off with a scouring pad designed for non-stick pans.

Granite

Juperana Columbo – Kitchen by RGB Holsworthy

Being a natural stone, granite needs the most maintenance to keep it looking its best and staying hygienic. This little extra work pays off though, as this natural stone is both stunning and unique.

Sealing

Granite looks solid, but it is a porous material. Depending on which granite you have, the density and porosity can be different. Our granite worktops are sealed twice during fabrication and so come to you fully sealed. Over time though, this will break down and so the stone will need to be periodically re-sealed.

If you bought your Granite from us, you will have a care kit which includes a bottle of Lithofin Stain-Stop sealant. Simply apply this to your stone worktops and let it work into the Granite. The stone will only take what it needs and any excess can be easily wiped off.

Keeping your Granite worktops sealed will reduce the porosity of the stone making it more hygienic and less prone to staining.

If you run out of sealant, the best place to buy more will be on Amazon. You can check out the product page HERE.

Day to Day Cleaning

The best day to day cleaner for Granite worktops is a normal, anti-bacterial cleaning spray and a cloth. Keep to using anything as close to a neutral pH as possible (around 7).

Supermarkets will sell specialised granite cleaning sprays which you can use if you wish, but we find that normal anti-bacterial kitchen spray works just as well and is hygienic too.

Do not use bleach products or oven-cleaner etc.

Stubborn Marks

If you have any stubborn marks which your normal cleaner will not remove, the best product we would recommend is Cif cream.

Simply cover the area with Cif cream, let it work for a few minutes, and scrub off with a scouring pad designed for non-stick pans.

If this still doesn’t sort the issue, then the substance may have absorbed into the stone. If this happens, please get in touch with us as we may be able to help remove the stain. Whatever you do, do not re-seal this area as this would cover the stain, making it impossible to remove.

Quartz and Sintered Stone

Both quartz and Sintered Stone worktops are incredibly easy to keen clean as their surfaces are smooth and non-porous.

Day to Day Cleaning

The best day to day cleaner for Quartz and Sintered worktops is a normal, anti-bacterial cleaning spray and a cloth. Keep to using anything as close to a neutral pH as possible (around 7).

Do not use bleach products or oven-cleaner etc.

Stubborn Marks

If you have any stubborn marks which your normal cleaner will not remove, the best product we would recommend is Cif cream.

Simply cover the area with Cif cream, let it work for a few minutes, and scrub off with a scouring pad designed for non-stick pans.

Matt and Textured Surfaces

Any non-polished quartz and sintered stone surfaces still share that great non-porous feature that you will get from polished worktops, however they do take more effort to keep clean, especially for lighter worktops. If you are looking at purchasing matt worktops, it may be better to ask us for a sample for you to test before making your choice.

If you have any questions about cleaning your worktops then please get in touch with us by email or phone and we will be more than happy to help.