While natural stone is resilient and hardwearing, it is not invincible to what life throws at it. Get into these 7 habits and you will extend the quality and life of your beautiful kitchen benchtop.
1.Seal, seal, seal…
Sealing your new benchtop is essential to prevent liquids from soaking in and being absorbed by the material, causing unwanted marks and stains that can be a pain to get rid of.
2. Wipe up spills
The quicker you clean up those wine or curry spills, the less likely they are to leave permanent stains on the stone. All you need is warm water and a clean microfiber cloth.
3. Coasters, mats and chopping boards
While marble is known for its heat resilience, it is important to get into the habit of using coasters, place mats and mats under hot serving pots to prevent discolouration in the stone. Rapid changing temperatures on some stones can also potentially cause cracks. And always cut your ingredients on a chopping board to protect your surface.
4. Gentle soap and avoiding harsh cleaners.
Clean your benchtop with a gentle soap, stone cleaner or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Less is more – too much cleaner or soap may leave streaks and residue that can cause discolouration in the stone.
5. Avoid harsh cleaners
Do not use cleaning products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone benchtops. You may be using these products elsewhere in the kitchen but remember that acids will corrode the stone. Also avoid abrasive scouring powders or sponges that may scratch the surface.
6. Citrus and tomatoes – the silent killer!
While spilling red wine on your white marble benchtop looks frightening, citrus and tomato juice spills often go undetected. Natural stone, especially marble, reacts on contact with acidic foods like lemons, tomatoes and vinegar and can physically corrode the material, called etching.
7. …And seal again
We generally recommend resealing your kitchen benchtop every 5-7 years to get the most out of the material.