How to Keep Different Types of Worktops Stain and Watermark Free

Kitchen worktops can often be a significant investment, which is why it is crucial to keep them looking their best. Whether you have quartz, porcelain, granite or solid surface worktops, it is essential to take care of them correctly to prolong their longevity. However, there is no single cleaning solution appropriate for all surfaces when it comes to kitchen countertops.

In this blog post, we will look at cleaning tips and tricks for various worktops to help protect your investment and ensure your countertops have a lengthy lifespan.


Quartz is a non-porous material that is incredibly resistant to stains compared to other materials such as granite, concrete, and marble. Quartz worktops are also very durable and are less likely to chip or crack; nevertheless, regular cleaning is strongly advised to keep the surface free from unwanted stains.


It is crucial to avoid harsh chemical cleaners, bleach or scouring pads on quartz worktops as they can permanently mark the surface and dull the overall finish.

Instead, it is advised to use a mixture of mild soap and warm water or a half-and-half solution of white wine vinegar and water for daily washing. Although a stain-resistant material, if harsh spillages are made onto quartz worktops, a paste of baking soda and water rubbed in with a textured sponge is recommended to eliminate unwanted marks quickly.


Porcelain is incredibly easy to keep clean and very low maintenance compared to many other stones out there. Although effortless to clean, anyone with a porcelain surface must know how to clean and maintain the material properly to prolong its lifespan.


To keep Porcelain sanitised and hygienic, simply wipe it down with warm water, a clean cloth or sponge and a mild soap; this routine is all that is required to maintain a clean surface for food preparations.

It is essential not to use harsh chemicals on porcelain surfaces such as bleach or ammonia and avoid using harsh cleaning objects such as abrasive cleaning cloths, in particular scourers or steel wool. Although these are very unlikely to cause any damage to the actual worksurface, they will create minor scratches and micro-abrasions, which can dull the polish of your worktop.


Similarly to quartz, granite worktops are also porous. Due to its weight and strength, granite is thicker and more durable than similar materials, making it resistant to scratches and resisting temperature changes. Some high-density granite worktops don’t even require sealing to prevent them from stains.


It is best to avoid using any natural cleaners with acids on granite surfaces such as vinegar, lemon juice and citrus cleansers. Instead, a neutral pH- balanced cleaner is recommended.

Any cleaners containing harsh chemicals, in particular bleach, can sometimes etch or dull the overall finish of granite countertops. We recommend wiping up any spillages or liquids promptly, using a soft sponge or cloth and warm water.

At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of worktops; our factory and showroom are located in Swalwell; however, we can deliver worktops throughout Newcastle and the whole of the North East. If you are interested in our expert stone services, please don’t hesitate to contact a team member. Our large selection of stones derives from all over the world, ensuring we have a product suited to everyone. Give us a call on 0191 4477440 or visit our showroom, Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS.

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