How to look after Dekton Worktops
Dekton worktops are a premium, ultra-compact worktop brand that is exceptionally hard-wearing and robust. The manufacturer Cosentino makes some bold claims regarding its strength, so customers often ask us how to look after Dekton Worktops.
Dekton worktops are the perfect choice for busy kitchens due to their stain-resistant technology and UV protection. Thye are also waterproof, heat resistant and hard-wearing.
In this guide, we’ll explain why you should choose Dekton kitchen worktops, describe the best way to look after your Dekton worktop, and clarify how to maintain the surface and remove stains.
What makes Dekton Worktops a Good Choice?
Dekton worktops are popular in kitchens, bathrooms and commercial applications because of their premium appearance, robust qualities and an ability to cope with heavy use.
Cosentino, a global brand, makes Dekton from a combination of natural quartz, porcelain and glass, blended and compressed under pressure to create dense slabs sealed with intense heat.
The result of this process is a surface that does not scratch, fade or stain easily. Unlike other premium materials, it has a superb heat resistance and is fully waterproof.
While you can expect your Dekton worktop to be able to cope with plenty of wear and tear, it is worth familiarising yourself with how to look after your Dekton worktops to ensure they stay in the best condition throughout their lifetime.
How to Look After Dekton Worktops
Let’s have a look at the best way to look after and maintain your Dekton worktops.
Cosentino has produced a guide to maintaining the appearance of their Dekton worktops. Their key advice is to avoid non-acidic products and choose PH-neutral cleaners instead, such as Q Action.
Cleaning your worktop daily with a sponge or scourer to remove any spills or food that has settled on the surface will help to keep your worktop looking it’s best.
The surface is waterproof so most spillages will not leave any stains. However, if any residue is left sitting on the surface for a prolonged period of time, you may require more intense cleaning to remove surface stains.
Products to Avoid
While Dekton countertops are robust and impermeable, some harsh cleaning products can leave stains or damage if overused or left on for too long.
Products to avoid include:
- Acidic cleaners
- Lemon juice and undiluted bleach
How to Remove Stubborn Stains
Despite your best intentions, you may not always remove spills or residues promptly enough to stop them from leaving a mark. Some things can leave surface stains that require more aggressive cleaning.
As Dekton is a chemical resistant material, you can safely use various techniques and products to eliminate stubborn stains.
Before you use harsher products, always try washing up liquid or Q Action and a scourer to see if that is enough.
If you’re left with more stubborn stains, have a look at our quick tips below on how to remove them quickly and easily without damaging the work surface.
Let’s look at some of the more common stains you might experience.
Dried products (food, paint or chewing gum)
Due to the hardwearing nature of Dekton worktop, you can use a knife to scrape away dried-on residue without risking any scratching to the surface.
Then, follow this up with warm water and soap to remove any remaining stains.
If you see any grey marks caused by the metal, you can polish them away with glass cleaner.
Wine and Coﬀee Stains
Red wine and coffee are renowned for leaving visible stains. Most of the time, you can remove the stains with Q Action or washing up liquid, water and a scourer.
For those extra stubborn stains, you can use a little diluted bleach but remember not to use neat bleach as this may cause further discolouration.
Shoe Polish, Marker Pen, Ink and Glue
Don’t panic if you spill or mark the surface with hard-to-remove products. The chemical resistance of Dekton allows you to use a little acetone, rubbing alcohol or white spirit to lift them off the surface without harming your Dekton worktop.
Many homes in the UK have hard water and suffer from excessive limescale deposits. You will often notice a build-up around your sinks and taps.
If you spot a chalky substance on your Dekton worktop, you can use white vinegar to soften and wipe away the residue. Over-the-counter limescale removers should be used sparingly due to the acidic ingredients.
Of course, the best way to deal with limescale is to avoid any build-up in the first place. Try drying the surfaces around the sinks and taps with a microfibre cloth to prevent contamination.
You can use a glass cleaner to remove marks caused by metal utensils on your Dekton surface.
How to Protect Your Dekton Worktop
When it comes to looking after your Dekton worktops, it’s always better to consider prevention rather than deal with problems after they have occurred. While your Dekton worktop might be virtually indestructible, there are some simple precautions you can take to keep it in perfect condition.
Your Dekton worktop is sealed under intense heat, making it one of the most heat-resistant worktops available.
You can place hot pans and pots directly on the surface without fear of cracking or scorch marks. However, heat will transfer to the surface, and this can lead to accidental burns when you touch the surface.
You can prevent damage from occurring by using a trivet or making sure you place hot pots and pans onto a heat resistant surface or something that doesn’t matter if a mark is left. This is the best way to prevent your worktop from becoming permanently damaged.
Dekton is waterproof and completely non-porous. This means that chemicals will not penetrate the surface and cause damage.
However, it is not a good idea to leave chemicals sitting on the surface for a prolonged period. If you use a product like dilute bleach, make sure you rinse it away thoroughly after use.
The scratch resistance of Dekton means you can use scourers without fear of marking, but what about knives?
You could cut directly on the surface without fear of scratching, as the surface is indeed exceptionally tough. However, metal can leave grey marks on the surface that require cleaning with glass cleaner.
As a result, we would always recommend using a chopping board. This will not only protect your worktosp but, the surface is so hard that it could blunt your knives.
The only thing that can easily cause damage to a Dekton worktop is the impact of heavy objects. The hardness makes it vulnerable to chips.
Luckily, the colour of the worktop goes all the way through, meaning that chips will not always be visible. However, the pattern is imprinted on the surface only, so chips that occur on the veins or patterning will be more apparent.
We supply Dekton worktops in a wide range of colours. Why not get in touch with us at Mo’s StoneX to see what we can offer?