Marble, granite, onyx, bluestone, limestone are just a few types of stone that are naturally occurring in mother nature. Of these natural stones, marble and granite would have to be the most commonly used for benchtops.
Reconstituted\engineered stone, as the name suggests, is composed of 93% quartz combined with 7% pigments for colour and bonding agents to manufacture a stone that has superior properties. One aspect that makes engineered stones a superior product is its strength and non-porous nature.
Making it a hygienic product that will remain lustrous and bacteria-free for the term of its life.
We recommend you read about the maintenance of stone so your stone surface retains its superior qualities.
Stone Care and Maintenance
To keep your stone surface looking attractive throughout its lifetime, we advise that you stick to these simple guidelines:
- Scratching: Dragging coarse items across your stonetop, and abrasive cleaning materials or chemicals can scratch your benchtop.
- Staining Acid: Some natural stones are porous, such as marble, and extra precaution must be taken. In general, you should clean spills straight away. Some spills are acidic to begin with, such as lemon or vinegar. Just to note, most spills will become acidic over time. Fluids that ooze out of meat, such as blood, will become acidic. These will destroy the lustrous (glossy) polished surface of you stonetop, giving it a dull and stained look.
- Everyday Cleaning: You may clean your benchtop with your everyday dishwashing detergent or warm soapy water. An occasional use of bleach to wipe off stubborn stains will not damage your benchtop provided it is wiped off and not left to dry. We do not recommend using bleach as an everyday cleaner.
- Heat: Although stone is highly resistant to heat, any material can potentially be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes. Therefore, it is not advisable to place hot saucepans directly onto your benchtops. We advise particular care where the two pieces of stone have been joined together (the join). Hot surfaces, such as hot saucepans straight off the stove, could potentially damage them, but warm substances will not cause any damage.