Engineered stone such as Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone, Smartstone and HanStone are a stylish alternative to natural stone. They are made up of hard natural quartz and resin so they still need to be cared for in the same way as natural stone.
These are steps YOU can take to protect your stone:
Always use a heat resistant pad or similar under hot pots.
Do not place hot pots directly onto the surface of the stone for extended periods as the surface will burn.
Do not leave batteries on the surface as these will burn if the acid leaks.
Always use a cutting board and do not cut directly on the surface of the stone.
Do not drag items such as plates or serving dishes over the surface repeatedly as these will scratch.
Never stand on any stone benchtop, especially around the sink cut out, as this area is a weak point and could crack.
In our experience engineered stone kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities do chip, crack, scratch and scorch. We have however developed processes to repair even large chips making them virtually undetectable. We have also developed polishing processes to restore the factory finish to the stone.
One of our newest poultice processes can remove the yellowing that occurs on engineered stone. For more information on removing years of discolouration call our team or email your questions and photos via our contact form.
Stone showers can be difficult to clean if not maintained regularly. Soap scum can build up on walls and floors and mould can grow on silicone. With regular cleaning you can keep your stone shower tiles looking sparkling and hygienic.
If you cannot successfully remove the soap scum, send your photos to our team for assessment via our contact form.
Stone tiles in outdoor areas can become dirty and stained from dirt, leaves, pool chemicals and pollution. It is important to clean these areas regularly so that the stone tiles do not develop permanent stains and damage.
Tips for protecting your outdoor stone tiles:
There are many considerations when choosing stone for your home, boat or commercial premises. It is important to make the right choice so that the stone suits its environment and purpose.
Consider the following when choosing your stone:
It is important to know the limitations of the stone you are choosing, including where it will be placed and what elements or substances it will be exposed to.
If you can’t find the natural stone finish you are looking for, you may wish to consider an engineered stone product such as Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone, Smartstone and HanStone.
Functionality is important. You need to ensure that the stone will be suitable for its purpose and that it will not require replacing or repairing too soon..
Aesthetics also play a part. The stone needs to suit your decor and complement its surroundings. Type of stone, colour, texture and finish can dramatically change the look and feel of a room.
For a more detailed description of the above considerations, visit our web page, Tips For Choosing Your Stone.
If you need more information before you purchase your stone, on how a particular stone should be maintained. call our team or email your photos and questions via our contact form. This knowledge may impact your choice. stone care handy hints
Regular maintenance with PH balanced cleaning products recommended for use on stone, will extend the need for professional stone tile resurfacing.
These are the steps YOU can take to ensure that your stone floor tiles stay clean and undamaged for longer:
Chips in marble, granite and engineered stone benchtops such as Caesarstone are common. Damage is often caused by an accidental impact from a saucepan or a plate, and if not fixed can cause more serious problems.
If not repaired, moisture can penetrate the stone causing it to discolour and stain. Chips and cracks can be sharp and dangerous and can compromise the strength of the stone.
What to do if you chip your marble or engineered stone benchtop:
Keep the stone piece that has been chipped of the benchtop as this will assist in a better repair.
Try to keep moisture away from the damaged area as the exposed stone will not be sealed.
The chip will need to be professionally repaired so photos will be required.
Place a 10 cent piece next to the chip. Take a close up photo and one of the whole benchtop.
Email the photos to The Marble Man via the contact form. Assessment of this type of repair can usually be carried out without a site visit.stone care handy hints
The first line of defence to prevent staining is to have your stone floors professionally sealed. A penetrating sealer will prevent most stains from soaking into the stone. Ideally liquids such as water will bead on the surface. Sealing is best done after the stone is installed or freshly cleaned or polished.
There are many steps YOU can take to prevent your stone floor from staining:
Remove the spilled substance immediately. Soak up with a towel or other absorbent cloth and do not let the spilled liquid dry. The longer it is on the porous stone the more chance it has of staining.
Dilute the residue using soapy water or Stain Proof Daily Cleaner. This will help break down oils and disperse coloured substances.
Rinse the area well with clean water and dry with a towel.
Avoid using chemicals and hot water on albumin based stains (containing protein) such as blood or milk, as this may set the stain.
If a stain remains take photos and send to The Marble Man via our contact form for assessment.one care handy hints
Over time engineered stone benchtops can discolour. This often depends on the quality of the stone and the age. In most cases the stone would normally need to be replaced.
Even the most effective stone cleaners cannot remove this type of discolouration, which usually occurs over the whole surface of the stone. No steps can be taken to avoid the yellowing. It will either happen to the stone or not but it can’t be predicted when you purchase the stone.
The Marble Man has over many years of trial and error, developed a process for successfully lightening this yellowing. Whilst the stone will never fully be restored to its original colour our lightening process will dramatically improve the look of the stone.
If your engineered stone has started to discolour and you would like it treated before it gets worse, call The Marble Man or email your photos via our contact form.stone care handy hints