Maintaining Your Caesarstone Countertops: Key Guidelines for a Pristine Surface
When considering options for a kitchen countertop or other surfaces in your home, it's important to take into account a few key factors:
- Is it resistant to stains and scratches?
- Is it durable?
- Does it offer a wide range of colors to match your design scheme?
- Is it easy to maintain?
- Can it withstand spills from lemon juice, tea, wine, and other household accidents?
While there are many beautiful surface materials that may align with your vision, they often require extra care and attention. But who has the time for that?
Caesarstone quartz surfaces provide a luxurious and low-maintenance option that allows you to prepare meals, entertain guests, and go about your daily life without the added worry of maintaining your countertops.
Here are some helpful tips for cleaning your Caesarstone surface and keeping your kitchen countertop looking pristine:
1. Gentle CleaningThanks to the hard, nonporous, and stain-resistant properties of Caesarstone surfaces, there's no need to vigorously scrub away at cracks and stains. For your everyday cleaning routine, simply wipe the surface with warm soapy water, a mild detergent, or a quality spray to maintain its shiny appearance. Make sure to thoroughly dry the countertop with a soft cloth or paper towel, and for extra shine, wipe in a broad circular motion.
- Apply the cleaning product
- Rinse with a damp paper towel, cloth, or sponge
- Dry with a paper towel
Unlike marble and granite countertops, Caesarstone surfaces don't require regular sealing to protect them from stains, mold, and mildew.
2. Non-Abrasive CleanersFor removing fingerprints, coffee rings, and water marks, you can perform a more thorough clean using non-abrasive household cleaners like Soft Scrub Liquid Gel, a gentle cleansing cream, or a mild household bleach. Apply the cleaner to a damp cloth or sponge, wipe the surface, and then dry with a paper towel.
If you prefer environmentally-friendly cleaners, you can create a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water for your cleaning needs.
3. Tackling Stubborn StainsCaesarstone surfaces can handle spilled oil, vinegar, soy sauce, curry, turmeric powder, red wine, food coloring, makeup, ink, permanent markers, and metal marks from keys without a problem. To remove these tougher stains, gently apply a cleanser with oxalic acid to a non-abrasive sponge and wipe the surface. Remember to rinse and then dry with a cloth.
For more stubborn stains, household alcohol and a soft cloth can be used, or a small amount of household bleach can be effective on lighter-colored surfaces.
- Oil: Mild degreasers can be used to remove olive oil, canola oil, and even machine oils.
- Dry or sticky substances: Scrape them off with a plastic putty knife and wipe clean.
- Nail polish: Use a small amount of nail polish remover immediately, and then clean and dry as usual.
- Blood, candle wax, glue, and hard water deposits: Apply a mild degreaser to the surface, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Finally, wipe dry.
4. Be MindfulWhile Caesarstone surfaces are highly strong and durable, they are not indestructible. Avoid using abrasive sponges on the surfaces, and refrain from directly using the following items on your countertop:
- Dangerous chemicals and cleaners: Harsh chemicals and cleaners such as oven/grill cleaners, toilet cleaners, and dishwasher polishing agents can irritate the surface and damage the countertop's sheen. It's also important to avoid chemicals like trichlorethane or methylene chlorides found in paint removers or strippers.
- High heat: While Caesarstone quartz is heat resistant, it's recommended to use a hot pad or trivet when placing extremely hot items (over 300°F) on the surface. Sudden and rapid temperature changes can cause damage to the countertop.
- Sharp objects: While it's safe to perform food preparation directly on your Caesarstone surfaces, it's advisable to use a cutting board when using sharp objects and knives as a precautionary measure.
- Can you clean Caesarstone with vinegar? If you prefer using environmentally-safe cleaners on your Caesarstone quartz countertops, you can use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water.
Lastly, it's important to note that while disinfecting is not a substitute for cleaning, here are some links to safe-to-use disinfectants:
- Lysol germ-eliminating mist
- Alcohol for topical use
- Clorox sanitizing wipes
- Soft scrub bleach gel
To provide customers with a sense of assurance, every Caesarstone surface is equipped with an unlimited durability guarantee. Take a look at all the captivating hues of Caesarstone available here, or manifest your unique Caesarstone haven using our Visualization Tool.
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