Every Day Maintenance
Some things that may stain your benchtops are:
To ensure that these types of things do not leave a stain, get on top of it straight away and wipe the top.
How do you repair a scratch?
A: This depends on the type of scratch (including the depth, location and colour of the material). Potentially if it is too deep it may not be repairable. This needs to be assessed and completed by a stonemason.
Engineered Stone scratches can't be repaired.
Can a chip on an edge be repaired?
Depending on the size of the chip, location and colour of the material, both Engineered and Natural Granite may be repaired. This needs to be assessed and completed by a stonemason.
Are joins visible?
All joins are visible, some more than others. This also depends on the material colour and location.
Removing difficult spills and stains
Sometimes spills occur and dry on the benchtop. For materials that harden as they dry (such as gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint), remove by gently scraping away the excess with a plastic putty knife.
Permanent markers and inks may adhere to the surface and should be avoided. Should their agents come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined in Routine Care and Maintenance. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with a cream cleanser, or a comparable product and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.
Avoid exposing engineered stone surfaces to strong chemicals and solvents; especially paint removers or furniture strippers.
Keep nail polish remover, bleach, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps away from engineered stone.
If any of the substances listed above come into contact with engineered stone, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with water.
When using hot pots, saucepans and heat emitting appliances, ensure you use a heat pad or trivet to protect the benchtop.
Engineered Stone has been designed to withstand exposure to moderately hot temperatures without the risk of damage, however extreme temperature changes can permanently damage the surface and crack your benchtop.
Essential Stone recommend the use of cutting boards to help ensure the long lasting beauty of your engineered stone benchtop. It is not recommended to chop directly on your benchtop as this may mark the surface.