The choice of a stone kitchen benchtop is definitely one you will not regret. From the intricacy and uniqueness of each benchtop’s design to the refined and luxurious aesthetic, there are 101 reasons to love it.
But even stone benchtops need a little tender love and care. Keeping it stain free, clean and sparkly doesn’t require fulltime maintenance, but it does mean you need to be aware of what to do and what not to do. We’re going to breakdown all of the Do’s and Don’ts of how to clean your stone benchtop. For preventative care, make sure to check out our blog, 9 Ways To Protect Your Natural Stone Benchtops.
The 6 Do’s To Keep Your Stone Benchtop Clean
The best way to ensure your stone benchtop remains crystal clear and sparkly clean is to implement a simple, quick routine for everyday maintenance.
What does that entail? Good question! Nothing difficult or complicated. Just take a warm, soapy cloth and wipe down the entire surface of your stone benchtop and the sides as well. If you’re going to buff it, make sure you use a soft, clean and dry cloth.
Wipe Up Spills Straight Away
Life happens and spills are a part of life. If something spills on your stone benchtop the best thing to do is to soak it up immediately with paper towel and wipe it away. Then grab a clean, damp cloth and wipe the same spot to ensure that no residue is leftover.
Wiping up any spill as soon as possible will ensure than there is no ‘etching’ and no long-term, unsightly stains left.
Use The Right Soaps
You need to be very careful with what sort of cleaning soaps and detergents you use on your benchtop. Generally, we recommend a neutral soap with a mild PH level. Gumption can also be used for great results, and a moderate usage of methylated spirits can keep your top streak free.
There’s a ton of things we highly recommend you DON’T use for cleaning your stone benchtop, but we’ll save them for the next section.
Use A Plastic Utensil
If you missed a stain and only found it once it’s hardened, or simply didn’t get there in time, it’s important you don’t scratch your stone trying to clean it. You could end up doing more damage that way.
The best way to remove a hard stain is to get a plastic knife, spoon or spatula to gently—and we repeat, gently—remove the stain. Be patient: it’s worth being safe rather than sorry.
Use A Poultice
So, you’ve got a stain that won’t come off with a warm, soapy cloth, and can’t be removed with a plastic utensil. Our next suggestion for deeper, stronger stains is to use a poultice.
A poultice is a liquid cleaner that is mixed to produce a white paste and can be applied to stubborn stains. Make sure you use an appropriate poultice by reading the label and following the instructions carefully.
Get It Professionally Cleaned
If it’s time to bring out the big guns to clean your stone benchtop, make sure you get it done by a real professional. (We’ve got a bunch of them waiting to help you!)
Whether your stone needs to be repolished, resealed or resurfaced, don’t try and save a few bucks by going the cheaper, unprofessional route. It’ll cost you big time down the track!
THE 6 DON’TS TO KEEP YOUR STONE BENCHTOP CLEAN
Of course, the saying goes, “don’t cry over spilt milk”. At Euro Marble, we like to say, “don’t panic over spilt ANYTHING!” We certainly understand how heart-stopping it is to see something spill across your stunning stone benchtop.
But panicking isn’t going to help anyone and will possibly even cause you to damage the benchtop more by making a silly mistake trying to clean it up.
Don’t Leave Spills
Yes, panicking is no good. But neither is being Mr Loosey Goosey. Don’t leave spills! Grab some paper towel and a cloth to get rid of the stain as soon as possible.
The sooner you get rid of the spill, the less likely it is your stone benchtop will stain. Be especially vigilant with wine, pasta sauce, coffee, citrus juices etc.
Don’t Wipe Before Blotting
Your glass just spilled. But you know what to do: you don’t panic and grab some paper towel and…. If your first instinct was to wipe, you’re not alone. It’s a common mistake. But wiping the spill first might achieve nothing more than spreading it across your stone benchtop.
It’s vital that you get rid of as much of the spill as possible before wiping the surface down. Grab paper towel and use it to soak up the liquid by blotting as much as possible. Once you’ve done this, then you can grab the clean, wet cloth and wipe the rest away.
Don’t Use The Wrong Cleaners
This one is super important! Stone benchtops look exquisite and need to be treated exceptionally, so making sure you use the right cleaners and avoid the wrong ones cannot be overstated!
Avoid silicone-based spray & wipes, oil soaps, harsh chemicals, highly acidic cleaners, bleach, and abrasive cleaners. Using the wrong detergents can cause extensive damage. Always check the label of any cleaning product to ensure it’s the right one. And of course, it goes without saying that you should never use paint removers, nail polish remover or furniture stripers on your stone benchtops. Ever.
Don’t Use Harsh Scrubbers
It’s not just the chemicals you use that’s important: it’s also the cleaning cloths. If you use a harsh cleaning cloth or pad, you could scratch the stone of your benchtop.
So, no scouring pads or steel wool or anything like it. Instead, you can use clean, soft and damp clothes or soft sponges.
Don’t Forget Your Fat/Oil Stains
If you want to keep your stone benchtop clean, you should keep an eye out for all the different stains that don’t immediately come to mind. A common one is the fat or oil stains often found around stoves, hot plates, or surfaces over which you carry your food.
Keeping an eye out for these sorts of stains and wiping them down quickly, and as part of a thorough wipe down at the end of every day, will ensure a completely clean benchtop!
Want To Know More?
If you want to know more about stone benchtops, read our articles about 8 interesting facts you didn’t know about natural stone or find out about the best benchtops to add magic to your home.
And, as always, if you want to get in touch with our expert team of stone-pros give us a call on (02) 8585 2999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.