Quartz sealing, cleaning and care
Do I need to seal quartz?
Quartz worktops will never need sealing, they are completely non-porous, this means no liquids or stains will penetrate the surface.
Quartz is virtually maintenance free, no re-polishing is required just regular cleaning with warm soapy water.
Quartz worktops will last a lifetime with very little maintenance, we’ll tell you exactly how to care for you worktop on installation, however, if you would like to know the difference between quartz and granite call us for free guidance.
To keep your quartz surface in perfect condition here are some guidelines:
- do not clean with abrasive cleaners as they will strip the shine from the surface
- never let the worktop come in to contact with harsh chemicals such as oven cleaners or paint strippers.
- warm soapy water is all you need to clean these beautiful worktops, for hard, caked on the mess it’s recommended to leave a wet soapy dishcloth overnight and wipe clean in the morning.
Quartz is virtually indestructible to your everyday life in the kitchen and the maintenance is very low, however take great care in putting your worktop in direct contact with extreme heat such as casserole dishes and boiling pans, use grates or pads to protect the worktop and also use a chopping board to cut your salads and vegetables etc instead or cutting directly on the surface.
Granite sealing, cleaning and care
All our granite comes sealed and stain resistant
Granite is moisture resistant but is a porous material and does require sealing to prevent liquids and stains penetrating the surface, any liquids with colour like red wine and even grease from pizza or splatter from stir-fry will absorb into the surface and cause staining so it’s important that your granite is sealed perfectly.
But don’t worry all our granite is sealed in the unit and also tested on site before we leave and if further sealing is required we will apply onsite as different granites have different rates of absorption.
How often should granite be sealed?
It’s recommended that you seal your granite yearly but as mentioned some granites are different to others.
So a simple water test can be done by putting a few drops onto the surface and if it beads up then the worktop is fine if it soaks in its time to reseal.
We offer this service and will happily book you in for resealing but if you would like to do this yourself it’s very straightforward and we can show you onsite and even sell you the correct sealer for your granite.
Day to day care of granite
- Unlike quartz, granite can take extreme heat and will withstand hot pots and pans directly onto the surface.
- When sealed it is very hygienic and easy to clean with warm soapy water.
- You can cut directly on the surface but it’s advised to use a chopping board to protect the sharpness of the knives and also some acidic foods like lemon although won’t damage the granite will over time break down the sealer.
If you would need help comparing the difference visit our page Granite vs Quartz or feel free to give us a call and we’ll run through differences over the phone and help you pick what works for you and suits your existing kitchen.