At Pennywell, we have years of experience when it comes to fabricating high quality kitchen worktops and countertops, so we also know the ins and outs of how to clean kitchen worktops in order to keep them well maintained for years to come and get the best value out of your investment. Read below for a comprehensive expert guide on how to clean granite, quartz, Corian and Silestone worktops.
Our tips are sure to keep your kitchen worktops and countertops in a gleaming, perfect state for years to come.
How to clean a granite worktop
Granite worktops have become especially popular in modern times, particularly among those looking to upgrade their kitchen worktops, and it is little wonder when you consider that granite is not only a hard-wearing, durable material, but it also provides aesthetic appeal to enhance the appearance of your kitchen.
One of the best things about granite worktops is that they are relatively simple to maintain in top condition. Granite is a tough material and is usually resistant to markings, stains and scratches, although extremes of these could leave a lasting impression on the worktop. Also, even a material as tough as granite is not immune to damage from extreme heat or scratching, so never place boiling hot crockery directly on it; nor should you chop or slice anything without placing a chopping board underneath.
What is the best way to clean granite worktops?
If you spill something on a granite worktop, wipe it off immediately, as coloured/acidic products could leave stains that may be impossible to eradicate. When washing a granite worktop, warm soapy water, a mild or gentle dish soap and a soft cloth will suffice. Abrasive products such as Windex, vinegar, lemon and lime should never be used in the cleaning of granite, while wire wools are completely unsuitable. This is because they could damage the sealant on the worktop in the long run.
To disinfect the worktop and get rid of bacteria, mix water and isopropyl alcohol (available from pharmacies) together in equal quantities and spray it onto the granite surface. Leave it sit for 3-5 minutes and then rinse with water before drying with a clean microfiber cloth. If you wish, you can purchase made-for-purpose granite cleaners by contacting Pennywell to order directly.
If you’re trying to eradicate a particularly tough stain from a granite worktop, baking soda is quite effective in doing the job. It can be mixed with water for oil-based stains or hydrogen peroxide for water-based stains to form a paste, which you should spread liberally over the stain. Leave it for a few hours before wiping away the paste and then clean the area with a warm cloth and a small amount of dish soap. Always test this in a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that there is no damage being done to the surface.
How to clean a quartz worktop
Quartz worktops remain a leading choice for homeowners everywhere due to their enormous durability. Not alone is it a very reliable material, but its man-made nature allows for plenty of scope in terms of design and no shortage of colours from which to choose. It is resistant to stains and scratches and easily withstands chipping. It can comfortably handle almost any household task, ensuring that its good-as-new appearance will last long after it is first fitted.
However, even a material as durable as quartz can be damaged if it is not maintained properly. Chopping or slicing directly onto your quartz worktop is not recommended, as this will ultimately affect its appearance, and the same applies to placing boiling hot crockery directly on top of quartz. Always use a pot stand, trivet or chopping board between the pot/dish and the quartz top.
What is the best way to clean quartz countertops?
It is always easiest to wipe up spills immediately. Warm water and a clean cloth will clear minor spillages; for tougher spillages, a non-abrasive cleaner or vinegar solution may be required. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners such as bleach, oven cleaners, harsh powders and steel wool. Cif worked to a lather, left on the surface for 5 minutes and then wiped off with a clean cloth will remove almost anything.
Any gum, grease or paint that is affixed to your quartz countertop can be removed with a plastic putty knife – do not use a metal knife. Other greases should be removed immediately with a specialised degreasing cleaner. Ink or permanent marker stains can be removed with an oil-based cleaner; rinse the area with warm water immediately after the stain is removed.
How to clean Corian countertops
Corian worktops have enjoyed increased popularity in recent years due to their seamless nature and huge range of colours. They really complement a modern kitchen design and are also known for being highly versatile in their design. They require very little maintenance and are resistant to stains and liquids. Also, any scratches which may appear can easily be removed by sanding. Always use a trivet instead of placing hot objects directly on the worktop.
Tips for cleaning Corian worktops
The good news is that most Corian worktop stains can be cleaned with warm soapy water or dedicated worktop and countertop cleaning products such as Cif. When cleaning Corian worktops, it is advised by the manufacturers that you wipe them immediately until they are completely dry, as any water left to dry on the surface of some colours may lead to a slightly blotchy appearance. Also, darker colours will normally require more attention and care than lighter colours.
If blotches do appear on your worktop, get a wet cloth and add a small portion of a gentle commercial scrubbing product like Cif. Using a circular motion in alternating directions, gently rub the blotches, then rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.You should never use scouring pads or scrubbing pads on a Corian worktop, as this will dull the surface.
How to clean Silestone worktops
Silestone manufacturers Cosentino demonstrate how to clean Silestone worktops.
Silestone is a composite material made up of 94% quartz and is manufactured from natural quartz bound with resin. The Silestone brand is among the leading products in the quartz market and is versatile enough to suit almost anyone’s tastes.
Silestone worktops come with a bacteriostatic protection system which lasts for the entire duration of the worktop and allows it to retain its good-as-new quality long after it is first purchased. They have a non-porous surface, which makes it resistant to all but the extreme toughest of stains.
It is scratch resistant and it can also comfortably absorb heavy impacts which would damage many other worktops. Never place boiling hot crockery directly on top of a Silestone worktop. Always use a pot stand, trivet or chopping board between the pot/dish and the quartz top.
Silestone requires minimal maintenance and also comes in a wide variety of colours and finishes, allowing you to combine durable quality and visual elegance. Although Silestone is resistant to almost any common domestic stain, it is not invulnerable and stubborn stains can leave an imprint on your worktop if they are left for a long time without cleaning.
In the manufacturers’ guide to cleaning and maintaining Silestone worktops, they endorse a product named Q-Action, or alternatively water and mild/neutral soap. Grease stains can be cleaned by applying Q-Action, leaving for 2 minutes and scrubbing gently with a scouring pad. For limescale stains, apply an anti-limescale product to the affected area and, after 1-2 minutes, rinse with water.
Silicone marks should be eradicated when the worktop is installed, but in the event of such marks still being visible after installation, you can treat them by gently applying a silicone remover using a blunt spatula.
Products which should never be used for cleaning Silestone worktops include abrasive cleaners, polish, metallic scouring pads, paint strippers and caustic soda.