How to Care for your Quantum Quartz, Siles Stone & Stone Italiana such as Kitchen Benchtops!!!
What are some of the Do’s and Don’ts of stone products?
Quantum Quartz & Silestone & Stone Italiana
Quantum Quartz Solid Surface products contain generally Quartz and silicate minerals that are resistant to acids, alkalies, chemicals and solvents, highly impervious, highly resistant to heat, scratch and chip resistant, resistant to stains, resistant to mildew and mould and immune to freezing and thawing.
These characteristics of Quantum Quartz make them easy to care and maintain.
The Do's & Dont'ts
Quantum Quartz Solid Surface is highly resistant to stains caused by fruit juices, liquid food colouring, coffee, tea, wine, grapes, soft drinks, paints, nail polish and remover, automotive fluids, and permanent markers. If accidentally any of the above is split on the tops, wipe off the stained area with any commonly available multi-purpose cleaner or household detergent and then with ordinary water immediately. For more stubborn spills and stains, repeat the procedure several times and use a household scouring pad to remove the stain. It is possible that some of the stubborn stains may leave a light mark or very slight discolouration on the stones.
The high gloss finish and extremely low moisture absorption of Quantum Quartz Solid Surface fully eliminates the need for any sealing. Its low absorbency greatly reduces the potential for bacterial growth.
Quantum Quartz Solid Surface is structurally more heat resistant than other natural stones, including granite. But sudden and rapid change of temperature, especially near the edge can damage the surface. We always recommend using a hot pad or trivet, especially when using cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster ovens.
The common kitchen implements including sharp knife won’t harm the Quantum Quartz Solid Surface as they are made up pure natural quartz.
If accidentally food, chewing gum, nail polishing, paint are any other foreign matter found sticking to the top, simply scrape away the same with a sharp blade. The metal surface used in scraping the dirt may leave gray metal marks on the surface, and ordinary scouring pads can easily remove them. Wash and rinse the surface in the normal way with water.
Quantum Quartz Solid Surface can be permanently damaged by constant exposure to strong chemicals and solvent. It is advisable not to use hydro fluoric acid and any products containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride and also paint strippers.
Quantum Quartz Solid Surface when exposed to direct sunlight may result in slight colour changes; it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight over a prolonged period on the surfaces.)
As a man-made stone Sile stone is very easy to take care of. It is virtually maintenance-free. It does not need to be sealed and cleaning is a cinch. Simply wipe the surface with soap and water on a regular basis to maintain its beauty and shine for years to come (copy right @ Sile Stone USA)
To remove difficult spills, soak the area for 10 minutes with a mild household cleaner then rinse and clean away with a soft pad. For stains that harden as they dry, such as food and gum, remove by gently scraping off of the surface (using a blade or putty remover) and then clean using warm water and soap
Silestone is resistant to heat and can withstand moderately high temperatures for brief periods of time without being damaged. As with any natural stone, however, certain exposure to heat may cause cracks due to thermal shock. Always use a trivet to place hot items on Silestone.
Do not use crock pots or electric skillets while in direct contact with Silestone natural quartz surfaces.
The following will harm Silestone: Drano®, Liquid Plummer®, oven cleaners and floor strippers. Do NOT use these or any other harsh chemicals on your Silestone natural quartz surface.
Continuous long-term exposure to direct sunlight (UV rays) may result in slight discoloration of Silestone natural quartz surfaces.
To prolong the life of your knives, always use a cutting board. Natural quartz is one of the hardest minerals found in nature, making Silestone highly scratch-resistant. That same hardness may dull the sharpness of most knives.
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