Use and Care
The beauty of your cultured marble products can be easily maintained if you follow these suggestions:
Before use, give your marble surface a coat or two of Gel-Gloss (available at hardware stores) or automotive paste wax or polish, using a clean applicator and buffing cloth. Later, re-wax or polish to restore the luster.
NEVER USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS like Comet, Ajax, or Soft Scrub to clean your marble. Use a non-abrasive cleaner such as Windex or a wet washcloth with soap to remove soap build-up, toothpaste, etc. NOTE: On whirlpool tub jets and plated components, use only water to clean. DO NOT use ammonia-based or abrasive cleaners, as this will void the warranty on the finish.
Cracking and crazing around the drain area of the vanity top is caused by water temperature extremes and/or the use of abrasive cleaners which slowly removes the gel-coat. In order to prevent cracking and crazing around the drain area of your vanity bowl, please mix your water (turn on both the hot and cold at the same time.) Also, avoid tapping on the bottom of the bowl with a razor or any other object.
Small scratches may be removed with 600 grit wet or dry sandpaper and hand-buffed with a polishing compound such as Turtle Wax White Polishing Compound.
From renegade paring knives to busy lifestyles — most solid surface is made to withstand life. In fact, no special cleaning products are needed to keep your countertop looking great, day in, day out. But like all fine materials, damage may occur if your countertop is mistreated. To help prevent this from happening, we’ve outlined a few simple ways to be sure your countertop maintains its original elegance and beauty for years to come.
Normal cleaning only requires a damp cloth and a mild cleanser. If you’ve chosen a matte finish, you can use an abrasive cleaner like Ajax or Comet. If you do use an abrasive cleaner, we recommend periodically cleaning the entire surface in a circular motion to maintain uniformity.
Troublesome spills and stains, like food dye, tea and fruit drinks can be removed with full strength bleach followed by a general cleaner flushed with water. Be sure and not let the bleach remain on the surface for more than five minutes. If a lit cigarette should come in contact with your countertop, a nicotine stain or a scorch mark can occur. Simply use an abrasive cleaner or buff in a circular motion with a Scotch-Brite pad to remove.
Removing Minor Cuts and Scratches
Because the solid beauty of most solid surface goes all the way through, most solid surface surfaces are completely renewable. You can remove minor cuts and scratches yourself by following these instructions.
Judge the severity of the scratch and start with the finest grit sanding paper to remove the scratch. Start with a 600 grit paper. Rub over scratch in a straight line to remove it. Periodically switch rubbing direction 90°. Be sure all of the scratch is removed. If this first step takes too long, try the next heavier grit sanding paper. To minimize dust during sanding, wet the surface. Rinse pad periodically to clean residue. Clean top with water. Select next lighter grit and repeat process. Rub over a larger area to blend in sanding. Continue process switching to a green or red Scotch-Brite.
Since granite kitchen countertops represent a major investment, homeowners naturally want to know the facts about care of granite countertops. Granite is a harder stone than marble, and the care for it is generally more simple than it is for marble. However, whichever stone is used for countertops, one of the most important principles of care of granite countertops is that you should always wipe spills immediately. Granite is somewhat absorbent, and can absorb stains if spills are left any length of time.
A mild solution of dish washing liquid in warm water is fine for routine care of granite countertops. Using a soft cloth, give it a quick wipe every day. Stains are unlikely is the stone is sealed with a countertop sealant, but they can still happen.
In severe cases, a stain may require a granite cleansing poultice. A poultice for care of granite countertops can be made by combining a tablespoon or two of dish soap with a cup of white flour and enough water to make a paste. To use the paste, spread it over the stain, and lay plastic wrap over the paste. By letting this set overnight, the flour will have time to absorb the stain back out of the granite counter top surface.
Molding plaster can also be made into a poultice for care of granite countertops. Combine it with bleach and use the paste on stains that are not from greasy sources. Stains such as ink or wine might respond to this treatment. For oily stains, use water instead of bleach to make this poultice.
Hydrogen peroxide is safe to use for care of granite countertops and can be combined with ammonia to treat food stains like tea or coffee. Peroxide is more suited to light colored granite countertops, however, since it has something of a bleaching action. It can also be used with flour in place of dish soap to make a paste to clean greasy stains.
Coasters are a good idea under any drinks, and you should also be careful not to set hot pots directly on granite counters. Since granite counters are growing in popularity, it is possible to find special cleaners designed for care of granite countertops. It is also recommended that the countertop be resealed by the installing company every couple of years. The professional granite installer can also polish away scratches for you.
The Natural Beauty of Quartz Surfaces is easy to maintain. Made from the finest natural quartz materials it is the premier surfacing material with all the beauty of nature without its drawbacks. Quartz is a non-porous material that is highly stain, scratch, and heat resistant; however, it is not stain, scratch, or heat proof. Therefore, using common sense and the right care & maintenance can keep your surface beautiful for years to come.
Routine Care & Maintenance
Simply clean your Quartz 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 small amount of non-abrasive cleaner that does not contain bleach.
Although Quartz is resistant to stain, spills should be cleaned as soon as possible. Liquid spill, fruits, vegetables, or other foods should be wiped up and cleaned with soap and water.
Preventing Damage from Heat
Quartz is designed to be extremely resistant to heat and can withstand exposure to normal cooking environment for brief periods of time without being damaged. Although Quartz is more resistant to heat compared to most surfacing materials in 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, or other heat generating appliances on the surface.
Quartz durable surface is designed to withstand normal use. While it is resistant to scratches, cuts, and chipping, cutting directly on Quartz should be avoided. Using cutting boards and taking care not to drop or move heavy objects on the surface will help to ensure the long-lasting beauty of Quartz.
Removing Difficult Spills
For stubborn or dried spills, if routine cleaning procedures do not work, use nonabrasive cleaning pad along with common household cleaners like Formula 409 Glass and Surface Cleaner* or a comparable cleaning product. If gum, nail polish, paint, or other substances are accidentally allowed to adhere to the surface, they can be removed with the use of plastic scraper or putty knife to gently scrap off the substance and by following routine cleaning procedures.