The beauty, durability and shine of Silestone are only further enhanced through consistent care of its surface, which is easily accomplished in a few steps, as this well-known quartz countertop product requires limited maintenance. There are cleaning tips for particular stains that include solutions for oil stains, food stains, watermarks and rust mark removal, and they are listed as follows:
How to Clean Oil Stains
With oil stains, you want to use a common everyday cleaner that is pH balanced and can be used directly on quartz countertops. There are also cleaners that are specifically made for Silestone that can be used. Apply a chosen product and apply it to the oil stain and allow it to remain there for at least two minutes. Using a non-abrasive sponge or pad, rub the area with a circular motion. Once cleaned, use a soft damp cloth to clear away any remaining oil. Finally, dry the area with a soft white cloth.
How to Clean Food Stains
Food stains can come from a number of sources and they can be easily removed. Simply use a familiar cleaner, or one that has been approved for Silestone, and apply it directly to the stain. Again, allow the cleaner to remain on the stain for up to two minutes. Using a non-abrasive sponge or pad, make gentle circular motions over the stain. Next, take a damp cloth and wipe away any remaining food debris. Once the area has been cleared, use a white cloth to dry the surface.
How to Clean Watermarks
Watermarks can become a never-ending chore and can leave unwanted and more permanent stains on Silestone due to hard water and mineral buildup but with the right procedures, they can be alleviated. A limescale remover specifically formulated to remove lime and hard water stains can be used, as can white vinegar and baking soda as well as hydrochloric acid that is strictly used on countertop areas only. Faucets and sinks can be damaged by it.
A limestone remover is applied with a damp non-abrasive pad and rubbed on in a gentle manner. It is left on the stained area for at least two minutes and is removed with a damp cloth. Dry the surface with soft paper towels or a white cloth and make sure there are no remaining traces of the remover.
The vinegar and baking soda formulation consists of combining the two in equal amounts. They are formed into a paste and should be allowed to remain on the stained area from anywhere to 10-20 minutes. Remove the paste with cold water and a non-abrasive sponge or pad. The process may have to be repeated to entirely remove the stain.
With hydrochloric acid, it can be sprinkled on the area and allowed to remain for about a minute and then rinsed with water.
How To Clean Rust Marks
Unsightly rust marks can detract from your Silestone surface, but they, too, can be remedied with the right process. Simply use a common cleaner or an industry recommended cleaner for rust removal and apply it directly to the rust stain. Allow it to remain on the stain for two minutes. Using a non-abrasive sponge or pad, rub in a curricular motion. Remove any remaining cleaner with a damp cloth. Finally, dry the area with a soft cloth. If rust marks continue to be a problem, use another all-purpose cream based product for improved results.
Though staining is not a frequent problem with Silestone quartz countertops, when it does occur you want quick results. If you need more answers concerning the care of Silestone, complete the online contact form, and a Silestone expert will return your inquiry as quickly as possible.