Worktop Protection

Presuming correct manufacture and installation of your engineered surface, very little should go wrong with your worktop. But, the unexpected should be expected, at least occasionally! Hopefully a few simple avoidance techniques will rectify the few issues that may arise to help you protect your worktop. As with anything, staying calm and reacting as promptly as possible, most issues can be easily resolved. Each issue is connected in various ways, identical avoidance techniques will emerge that are best for worktop protection.

Colour Choice

Unless you are really excited and are willing to be digilent on all the factors above you may want to reconsider a pure white or black worktop! Apart from the issues above, black and white will show every crumb, every spill and yes, dust can build up on a kitchen surface! It must be remembered that a flat black or white polished surface perpendicular to windows, can and will be like a mirror in the light. So if you are considering white, you may need to consider the light!

Staining

Using chemicals and acidic substances on engineered quartz worktop surfaces are the biggest culprits in the staining of quartz worktops. Strong, concentrated or dilute acids and chemicals left on countertops for extended periods of time, will either stain the binding resin, or worse still, eat away at the surface. Similarly, there are several food stuffs that can also discolour the worktop surface, and although not always permanantly, they can cause distress.
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Avoidance

  • Using chopping boards for foods that stain
  • Wipe away spills as soon as possible
  • Use place mats or coasters for bottles and drinks
  • Keep outdoor items off your worktop
  • Ditch cleaning chemicals
  • Use only warm soapy water and a soft cloth to clean and then wipe dry
  • Limescale / Hard Water

    Limescale build up through hard water is a Very common issue that can be easily prevented. Calcium carbonate dissolved in tap water will, over time, precipitate as limescale as it dries, especially around taps and on drainer grooves. As backward as it may sound, OCD worktop wiping can dull a polished surface. Wiping worktops with a cloth rinsed in tap water and leaving to dry should be no issue. Over a period of time, a layer of limescale will build up on the surface. The good thing is that limescale is a surface coating and as long you do not resort to abrasives and strong chemicals to remove it, its reversible. Limescale avoidance techniques Quartz Worktop Protection

    Avoidance

  • Wipe away water spills especially around taps and on grooves
  • Get a water softener or filter
  • Reconsider having draining grooves
  • wipe your surfaces monthly with freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • use only warm soap water to clean and wipe dry
  • Heat Damage

    Heat damage from pots and pans are the most common cause for heat damage, which can appear as rings of yellow discolouration in quartz worktops. Unfortunately, there is no remedy for removing or repairing damage already caused. Worktop protection in the form of trivets and mats will prevent further damage.

    Avoidance

  • Using Trivets for pans and hot dishes by ovens and microwaves
  • Use place mats or coasters for hot and cold items
  • Keep exposed heated implements such as irons and curlers away
  • Scratching and Chipping

    A hard day at work does not mean a tough worktop surface needs to take the brunt, or boxes and parcels keenly awaiting to be delivered needs some engineered logic to open on a worktop. These two examples may seem mundane but throwing keys, and staples in boxes will scratch your quartz worktop. Keep your worktop for your kitchen! get used to saying "Not there - its still new!". Although the hardness of steel is equivalent to the hardness of a quartz, granite and quartzite worktop, cutting and chopping involves force and will scratch your worktop. Surface scratch marks, cannot be removed with out repolishing the surface, which, will no doubt be more expensive than replacing your worktops.

    Avoidance

  • Chopping boards
  • Do not use abrasives when cleaning
  • Using matts or coasters for bottles and drinks
  • Keep outdoor items off your worktop
  • Use a workbench for non-culinery skills