The biggest cause of damage to stone benchtops including caesarstone or any other brand of quartz. Is not chips to the edge, subsequently from cleaning products recommended, googled, forum recommended or even builders, cabinet makers, stone manufacturers and fabricators.
Why you ask? Consequently there has been little to no understanding or education from stone manufacturers such as large players like Caesarstone, Silestone etc. At the end of the day they are very good marketing machines like Apple with a product to sell and manufacturer. Large chemical companies such as unilever product multi purpose cleaning products that to clean are highly caustic and corrosive to any surface. As a result the highly polished nature of stone benchtops including matte finishes. The polish or matte finish is attacked like any material such as glass shower screens and why to go milky or suffer glass cancer.
Stone is no different.
We often here the term “UV Damage” banded around the industry and with little understanding what is going on, even the large stone manufacturers reps have no idea as they are not from the stone industry nor are the trained professionals with a complete understanding of stone like a Master Stonemason is. Master masons spend years learning how to quarry stone, carve stone, polish, work and install stone. Stone is just not stone but it can be sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous to name a few. With more stone quarries and man made stone manufacturers. Traditional methods, techniques and skills have been lost to a fast turn around and dollar.
UV damage is a desegregation of the surface of all man made stone by common cleaning products and recipes. Because all off the shelf cleaning products including caesarstone spray cleaner and cream cleaner have a pH higher than 8. Consequently contain sodium salts and surfactants making them attack any surface especially stone and the minerals that make up stone. UV spectrum in a certain range along with active ingredients being left on the surface as most these cleaning products do not biograde causes the yellowing to all lighter coloured man made quartz stone within four years. As a direct result it will worsen over time and with continual use of these products.
Note: Clean caesarstone with products like windex, glass cleaners are more caustic than drain cleaner. Whilst most common cleaning products have the same pH as drain cleaner.
Organic, Earth or Green friendly cleaning products all are corrosive and most have a pH higher than 10.5 the same as drain cleaner. See the SDS for Windex and Drano (Section 9) shows the pH level.
Caesarstone Spray Cleaner SDS – Caesarstone Cream Cleaner SDS (see Jif sds also)