How to Care for HanStone Quartz Countertops

How to Care for HanStone Quartz Countertops

It’s easy to maintain the natural beauty of HanStone Quartz Countertops. Made from the finest quartz, HanStone is the premier surfacing material with all the beauty of nature without its drawbacks.

HanStone is a non-porous material that is highly resistant to stain, scratches and heat. However, it is not stain, scratch, or heat proof. Following the proper care and maintenance recommendations can keep your HanStone beautiful for many years. Follow the steps below or download the complete Guide to Care and Maintenance of HanStone Quartz Countertops.

Routine Care & Maintenance
Simply clean HanStone with soap and water on a regular basis to keep the lustrous gloss and radiant sheen. For routine cleaning, use warm water and a damp cloth with a small amount of non-abrasive cleaner that does not contain bleach.

Although HanStone is resistant to stain, you should clean up spills as soon as possible. Be sure to wipe up liquid spills and stains from fruits, vegetables, or other foods.

Preventing Damage

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Heat
HanStone is designed to be resistant to heat and can withstand exposure to normal cooking environments for brief periods of time without being damaged. Although HanStone withstands heat better than most surfacing materials on the market, all surfacing materials, including stone, can be damaged by extreme temperature changes, whether prolonged or sudden. Trivets and hot pads should be used when placing hot skillets, pans, crock-pots or other heat generating kitchenware on the surface.

Scratches
HanStone’s durable surface is designed to withstand normal use. While it is resistant to scratches, cuts, and chipping, you should not cut directly on your HanStone surface. Using cutting boards and taking care not to drop or move heavy objects on the surface will help to ensure its beauty.

Chemical
Avoid exposing HanStone to any strong chemicals and solvents. It is important to note that some of these chemicals and solvents can be found in household items like paint removers, paint and stain strippers that contain trichlorethane or methylene chloride, nail polish removers, bleach, furniture cleaners, oil soaps, permanent markers or inks, and chemicals with high alkaline/PH levels (oven cleaners, drain openers, etc.). Avoid using cleaning products that contain oils, powders or abrasives.

Although long-term or frequent exposure must be avoided at all times, the following products may be used with short-term exposure (removing and rinsing immediately after application with water) to clean difficult stains or residues. Always handle such cleaning agents with care and rinse the applied surface with water completely afterwards.

Recommended cleaners:

  • Simple Green
  • 10x Stone Polish
  • Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean
  • Soap and Water
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Hope’s Surface cleaner
  • Rock Doctor cleaner

**Remember, you must remove the excess cleaning product after you apply it to your HanStone surface. Use a water and cloth to do this.**

Chemicals to Avoid
Below is a list of chemicals to avoid on your HanStone. This is not a complete list. There may be other chemicals not listed here that may damage HanStone. The effect of any chemical usage on HanStone is ultimately dependent on the type of chemical, the length of exposure and the degree of concentration.

  • Oil soaps, bluing agents, dyes, stains, paint thinner or strippers
  • Solvents such as acetone, nail polish, lacquer thinner, or bleach (short-term exposure is acceptable for purpose of cleaning difficult stains, but these chemicals should be removed and thoroughly rinsed away within five minutes of application)
  • Chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene or methylene chloride
  • Benzene, toluene, methyl ethyl ketone
  • Concentrated acids such as hydrocyanic acid, hydrofluoric acid, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid
  • Chemicals with high alkaline/PH levels (pH > 10)

If any of the substance listed above come into contact with HanStone, rinse with plenty of water and follow routine cleaning procedures immediately.

Removing Difficult Spills

On stubborn or dried spills where routine cleaning procedures do not work, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad along with the following recommended cleaners:

  • Simple Green
  • 10x Stone Polish
  • Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean
  • Soap and Water
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Hope’s Surface cleaner
  • Rock Doctor cleaner

If gum, nail polish, paint or other substances are accidentally allowed to adhere to the surface, they can be removed with the use of a plastic scraper or putty knife to gently scrape off the substance and by following routine cleaning procedures.

General Precautions
HanStone is made from fine natural quartz, making it one of nature’s hardest surfaces. As a result, HanStone will keep its beauty for years without sealing or polishing. It is also nonporous, so it won’t absorb stains or harbor harmful bacteria. However, as a general precaution, use trivets and cutting boards to avoid damages caused by extreme or sudden change in temperature or impact on the surface.