MAINTENANCE OF MARBELLO GRANITE

Manufacture and sealing
Granite slabs are polished and sealed on premises at the manufacturer’s factory before being delivered for benchtop manufacture. There are a wide range of products available which are recommended for maintaining the polish and shine of your granite benchtop. It is recommended by professionals to re-seal granite benchtops every two years, if necessary.

General Care
Day-to-day care of your granite benchtop is easy and does not require special products. Regular household liquid detergent and warm water on a soft cloth should be enough to clean up any spills and residue from food preparation. Alternatively, a little bit of cream Jif (white bottle) on a soft, microfiber cloth should remove any accidental stains. Avoid scrubbing too vigorously, as this might dull the polish of your benchtop.

How to avoid scratching
Granite is extremely hard to scratch but to avoid any mishaps, always use a chopping board to protect the surface from blunt knives. Additionally, avoid dragging anything across the surface. If possible, always lift the object and place it down where desired, rather than dragging it.

How to avoid damage caused by heat
Placing hot items directly onto your granite benchtop is not recommended. Although granite has high heat resistance, excessive localised heat may result in damage to your granite benchtop due to thermal shock. Always place something between your hot pan and your benchtop surface (e.g.: trivet).

How to avoid staining
Granite normally should not stain as long as the protective seal of the surface is intact. The best way to check if re-sealing is required is to place a few drops of water on the surface and observe if it has been absorbed – if yes, re-sealing is required. Granite is slightly porous, so avoid leaving spills to dry. If any oils or acids are left to absorb, staining may occur. The best way to prevent this from happening is to clean up any spills immediately.

Durability
Granite is a very hard-wearing, durable, 100% stone surface and due to its factory polished finish, it should be extremely hard to scratch during day to day use. However, dropping something heavy on the surface, hitting it or banging something against the edge may cause chips or cracks, so we recommend caution. Avoid excessive weight being placed on any areas that do not have support underneath and in areas where joins are located.

By following these instructions, you are making sure that your investment is protected for many years to come.

MAINTENANCE OF MARBELLO QUARTZ

Polishing & sealing
Quartz is designed to offer high performance with low maintenance, and with its low moisture absorption, it should not require sealing. Only a little common sense is needed to care for your polished quartz surface.

General Care
Day-to-day care of your quartz benchtop is easy and does not require special products. Regular household liquid detergent and warm water on a soft cloth should be enough to clean up any spills and residue from food preparation. Alternatively, a little bit of cream Jif (white bottle) on a soft, microfiber cloth should remove any accidental stains. Avoid scrubbing too vigorously, as this might dull the polish of your benchtop.

How to avoid scratching
Polished quartz is extremely hard to scratch but to avoid any mishaps, always use a chopping board to protect the surface from blunt knives. Additionally, avoid dragging anything across the surface. If possible, always lift the object and place it down where desired, rather than dragging it.

How to avoid damage caused by heat
Placing hot items directly onto your quartz benchtop is not recommended. Although quartz has high heat resistance, excessive localised heat may result in damage to your quartz benchtop due to thermal shock. Always place something between your hot pan and your benchtop surface (e.g.: trivet).

How to avoid staining
Quartz surfaces normally should not stain due to their low moisture absorption, however, avoid leaving spills to dry, instead, flush with water and wipe clean right away.

Avoid exposure to products with high pH levels such as oven cleaner and avoid exposure to paint strippers, paint removers, bleach and nail polish remover. If your benchtop surface has come in contact with the above, rinse immediately with clean water to neutralise the effect, and then follow usual cleaning procedure. Do not use bleach on or near a quartz surface.

Durability
Quartz is a very hard-wearing and durable surface made with 96% stone and 4% resin and due to its factory polished finish, it should be extremely hard to scratch during day to day use. However, dropping something heavy on the surface, hitting it or banging something against the edge may cause chips or cracks, so we recommend caution. Avoid excessive weight being placed on any areas that do not have support underneath and in areas where joins are located.

By following these instructions, you are making sure that your investment is protected for many years to come.

ACRYLIC CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Marbello acrylic is a homogenous and solid, mineral-filled acrylic polymer material that is non-porous, hence it is commercial grade anti-bacterial rating. Unlike stone, it does not require the application of a sealant to maintain protection. General, day-to-day maintenance is easy and does not require expensive, specialist products. Just follow these simple guidelines to help you keep your acrylic benchtop looking good.

IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR BENCHTOPS LOOKING GOOD, RINSE THEM THOROUGHLY AND WIPE COMPLETELY DRY AFTER CLEANING

Acrylic surfaces can be maintained effortlessly by wiping with warm soapy water. Use the same concentration as you would for standard dishwashing. Buff with a dry towel to avoid smearing. Ammonia based cleansers can be used sparingly to achieve a glossier finish or to restore shine if desired.

Experience has shown that a film builds up on the surface if water is left to dry on the benchtop. This film will dull the look of it, making the finish appear blotchy and uneven. To prevent this from happening, it is very important to wipe the benchtop completely dry after spills and cleaning.

MARBELLO ADVICE

In most cases, Marbello acrylic can easily be repaired, however, follow these guidelines to prevent any permanent damage.

Preventing water marks and stains
Rinse the surface of your benchtop and wipe completely dry after every cleaning. Make sure that you clean up any spills before they dry.

Heat Damage
Even though Marbello acrylic has excellent heat-resisting properties compared with other benchtop types, placing hot pans or pots directly on your benchtop can damage the surface. Always use a hot pad or trivet with rubber feet to protect your Marbello benchtop.

Removing cuts and scratches
Acrylic can scratch, so always use a chopping board to protect the surface of your top. In case of minor scratches, just a little bit of Jif (white bottle, not the yellow one, as it contains acid) or a similar abrasive liquid cleanser on a damp cloth can be used to buff out any blemishes. Use only a small concentration and circular motions, otherwise you will make the surface of the benchtop look duller. In case of a deeper gauge, re-sanding may be required – contact Marbello for advice.

Other damage
Avoid exposing Marbello acrylic to strong chemicals, such as paint removers, nail polish remover or oven cleaners. Surfaces exposed to these chemicals should promptly be flushed with water. Contact with these chemicals over a longer period of time will cause spots and may require extensive re-sanding to remove.