Providing a wonderfully luxurious touch in your next kitchen renovation, stone benchtops are available in both natural and engineered options with each providing its own range of unique qualities to the design. It is important to consider how to best maintain and care for your new stone benchtop however in order to maintain its luxurious finish and ensure the material’s longevity in the home. Care guidelines can affect your choice of benchtop in the kitchen so it is crucial to take these all important factors into consideration during the design process in order to ensure a final outcome that you will enjoy for a lifetime.
How to clean Engineered Stone Benchtops
Engineered stone benchtops (also referred to as composite stones) are made up of a combination of quartz and resins to create a spectacularly hard and durable surface finish. An engineered stone benchtop provides many benefits in the home kitchen, providing a simple to maintain surface that is available in a wide range of colours, patterns and textures to help you create the perfect look or theme in your kitchen renovation.
Being a man-made material, the surface offers an almost completely non-porous finish, making it ideal for the busy kitchen. This quality also means that an engineered stone benchtop will not require sealing throughout its lifespan, making it a wonderfully cost effective and low maintenance choice.
Our Albert Park kitchen renovation uses a warm toned Caesarstone benchtop in colour: Vanilla Noir™ 5100. The warm white veins featured in this stone benchtop perfectly capture the softness of the beachside view from the property while still creating a bold and dramatic touch in the space.
In general, an engineered stone kitchen benchtop can be easily kept clean and streak-free with a simple wipe down with a soapy sponge, using a dry microfiber cloth to buff up the stone and remove any excess water from the surface. Certain more acidic or strongly coloured ingredients (for example, some types of cooking spices or powders, food dyes, wine, etc.) can leave behind a stain or some discolouration if left to sit on the surface for too long so it is always recommended that your kitchen benchtop be wiped down as soon as possible after spills occur to avoid any mishaps. Due to the extremely low porosity of engineered stone benchtops, these harsher substances will take a little more time to penetrate the surface in comparison to natural materials.
Engineered stone manufacturers such as Caesarstone for example, will often stock their own specific collections of cleaning products or crème cleansers that are suitable for use on their products. These cleansers are often used as a deep clean every so often to ensure your engineered stone kitchen benchtop retains its original sheen and finish, keeping it clean and fresh for years to come.
How to clean Natural Stone Benchtops
Natural stone kitchen benchtops are usually made using either marble or granite. Each of these popular stones is available in several different naturally occurring patterns and colours to help you create a unique look in your next kitchen renovation with endless appeal thanks to the elegance and beauty that a natural product creates in a space.
Our Armadale kitchen renovation uses a striking white palette to create an airy and crisp vibe in this spectacular period style home. The central kitchen island uses a lustrous natural marble benchtop as a show-stopping centrepiece that is carefully balanced out with engineered stone tops in the working zones of the kitchen, offering the users the best of both worlds!
Being natural products, both of these stones are incredibly strong however, they are porous materials. This quality means that a natural stone benchtop will require sealing at installation and then every few years afterwards (with the timing dependant on the stone’s wear) in order to maintain the stone and protect it from staining and water damage. As with engineered stone products, stronger coloured and highly acidic ingredients can cause some discolouration or staining to occur on the surface; unlike engineered stones however, these spills should be cleaned up off the benchtop immediately to avoid them from penetrating into the stone.
As with engineered stone benchtops, a quick and thorough clean with a soft, damp and soapy cloth followed by a dry microfiber cloth to buff the stone is usually all that’s needed for a daily clean up. For a more thorough clean however, tile stores and local hardware stores will stock specific cleansers that are suitable for natural stone benchtops that will provide more of an intense clean. These products will often include a small amount of sealant within the solution which will effectively minimise the amount of time required in between professional cleaning and sealing of your natural stone benchtop.
Stone benchtops, whether natural or engineered, will provide a wonderfully luxurious touch to your next kitchen renovation. Each option comes with its own set of benefits and care requirements to take note of prior to making any final decisions for your next kitchen renovation. Our Design Team at Perini Renovations will recommend the very best materials to suit your own specific needs, creating the perfect material and colour scheme for your kitchen renovation project.