Resistant to impact and scratches, impervious to stains and bacteria, quartz agglomerate kitchen surfaces are an intelligent, high-performance choice for your kitchen.
As we’ve seen in previous blog articles, all quartz surfaces from Stone Italiana stand out for their extraordinary technical properties,but, like all surfaces that are used for food preparation on a daily basis, it’s advisable to carry out proper maintenance of your kitchen top, with a few simple precautions that we recommend you follow.
How are Stone Italiana’s quartz agglomerate tops made?
Produced entirely in Italy and in line with our corporate commitment to environmental sustainability, all Stone Italiana quartz-based slabs are made of an agglomerate of ground quartz and particles bound by a small percentage of resin; the latter increases their natural impermeability, while the quartz ensures resistance to accidental knocks and scratches.
Every surface is non-absorbent, impervious to bacteria and fully compliant with international food safety and reliability requirements (Stone Italiana materials hold NSF/ANSI Std. 51 National Sanitation Foundation – Food Equipment Materials certification for food preparation areas and splash zones).
Knowing how to clean the kitchen top is therefore essential not only for hygiene, but also for reasons related to appearance (the top could get scratched or damaged if treated incorrectly). By following our practical advice and using gentle products, you can keep your kitchen top in excellent condition for many years. Let’s find out how!
A few simple everyday tips for the correct routine and extraordinary maintenance of your quartz agglomerate kitchen top
In general, quartz slabs do not require specific strong detergents, as their very composition allows any stain to be easily cleaned, even on the most opaque surfaces.
For everyday cleaning – to be done preferably after each use – stains can be removed with a neutral detergent; to eliminate bacteria, use alcohol-based disinfectants (not containing sodium hypochlorite, such as Amuchina). Once the surface has been wetted with the detergent, wipe the top with a soft microfibre cloth (do not use abrasive sponges), rinse and finally dry everything with a dry cloth. This procedure is sufficient for ordinary cleaning. For more difficult stains such as limescale, red wine, coffee, oil and grease of various kinds, we recommend using a citrus-based degreaser or a buffered acid detergent, and carefully following a few simple steps:
- first of all, wet the surface with a degreaser or with an acidic detergent diluted with three parts water;
- wait about 5 minutes and then gently rub the surface with a sponge until any residual dirt is completely removed;
- once this step is completed, rinse the surface and dry it with a dry cloth.
If the stain persists, repeat the operation: re-apply the undiluted product using a sponge and leave for another 5 minutes. Rub gently with the sponge, then rinse. Once this step is completed, don’t forget to dry the surface thoroughly with a soft cloth or paper towel to prevent water smears.
Watch Stone Italiana’s video tutorial “How to clean the kitchen top”:
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