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Engineered stone worktops are man-made composites often made of 93% crushed quartz and between 3% and 7% binders and resins. Since these worktops are made from real quartz, they are very durable, and the team at Kitchen Mania find that their ease of maintenance makes them a favourite of families.
Due to the fact that the material is man-made, as opposed to natural, the color of an engineered stone benchtop is very uniform - missing out on the variations which occur in nature. Also, there may be visible seams.
The advantages of engineered stone far outweigh any disadvantages as, due to the materials used to create the product, such as quartz or even marble, these countertops are very durable and strong. They are easy to install, virtually maintenance-free, and it is easy to clean these worktops.
As these countertops are so durable, they are both scratch resistant and heat resistant. To be safe, however, avoid putting hot items directly on the countertop. These tops are stain-resistant, making them very family-friendly, and since they are non-porous, bacteria is unable to find a place to grow.
Engineered stone like all stone is similar to glass, and like a glass table top, if you hit the edge with something hard with enough force, you can damage the edge, so take care around the sink when washing cast iron pans etc.
For removal of stubborn dried spills and stains, or if you wish to give your stone benchtop a thorough clean Kitchen Mania can recommend and supply the correct product. When scrubbing the surface they recommend using 3MTM ScotchbriteTM Non Scratch All-Purpose Scrubbers. These can be used without damaging the stone.
To remove adhered materials like food, gum and nail polish, first scrape away the excess with a sharp blade. If there are any grey metal marks on the surface, a mild detergent will remove them. Household bleach can generally be used as an effective cleaner to remove stubborn marks, but because some products are considerably stronger than others Kitchen Mania recommend their brand of cleaning products, so for more information on their kitchen cabinets, and kitchen benchtops in Auckland, please visit the website at http://www.kitchenmania.co.nz .