As a professional stoneprocessing company Arte can provide you with the correct advice on how to maintain your surfaces.
Composite worktops of the ArteStone range are easy to clean with water and ArteCream. You can order the ArteCream cleaner online via our webshop.
Our maintenance pack contains further information about the maintenance of your kitchen work surface. Or feel free to download the guidelines below. Read the guidelines thoroughly and follow the instructions to give your worktop the lustre it deserves.
Don't hesitate to contact your kitchen specialist if you have any questions on how to maintain your worktop.
ArteStone worktops offer an excellent protection against coffee or wine stains, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, make-up and many other commonly used products.
Don't worry about putting heavy objects on your kitchen work surface. The fusion of quartz and polyester resin together with the vibrocompression manufacturing process ensure optimum resistance against impact. We do recommend you take care when handling heavy objects near worktop edges.
Attention, please! Because of the extremely vivid nature of the material in the colours Concreto Light & Concreto Dark Arte recommends you come and select your personal slab(s) of material in store.
- What should you bear in mind if you have a composite worktop?
To keep a composite stone worktop as strong and beautiful looking as possible Arte recommends you don't sit, kneel or stand on the work surface. It may sound logical but it happens more often than you think. After all, it is tempting to put your foot down on the worktop while you're cleaning the cooker hood or trying to wipe the window behind the work surface. Composite stone is resistant to many types of products but substances that are highly alkaline, e.g. sink and plughole unblockers, can easily damage the work surface. The repeated opening of a dishwasher before the end of its drying cycle may also cause irreparable damage to your worktop and edging. Such so-called „thermal shocks” can easily be prevented by using a proper insulation material. Something else that may impact on the worktop is the fact that many consumers opt for larger built-in hobs or range cookers in combination with a thinner work surface. This means that large cut-outs have to be made in the work surface. A solid support for the worktop during installation is therefore of the utmost importance. The same applies when a wide cupboard is planned to go underneath the work surface. As a rule, Arte offers installation supports for any cupboard sizes exceeding 600 mm width. Ask your kitchen supplier whether these aspects were taken into account.
- What is composite stone?
Composite stone is an industrially manufactured product with many natural elements that give the kitchen worktop a beautiful and authentic look, all the while guaranteeing its solidity. These raw materials are pressed together and processed in a factory. The vacuum vibration process applied to the components of the composite material during pressing ensures that the slabs become non-porous. This means that juices, acids, stains and scratches don't stand a chance of damaging worktops made from composite materials. And all this benefits the lifespan of the composite worktop. And that lifespan is extremely long! In theory, the lifespan is unlimited. That is, if the end user adheres to the maintenance guidelines.
- What is the best way to maintain a composite kitchen worktop?
A kitchen worktop made from a composite material can easily be cleaned with a lukewarm solution of water and ArteCream. Afterwards, rinse the surface with water and remove this with a synthetic wiper. Finish by drying the surface with a cloth. Some composite colours require extra maintenance, such as the darker hues in a matt finish (suede). These colours tend to show up grease stains such as fingerprints a lot more than others. The best thing to do, is to spray some window cleaner onto a piece of kitchen towel and use this to rub the stained area. Limescale on the work surface or around the taps can easily be removed with some natural vinegar.