Care & Maintenance

Care & Maintenance

GRANITE:

While granite provides a worry-free surface, natural stone is an investment in your home, and proper care and maintenance should be given to extend the life and natural beauty of the surface.

We recommend mild dish soap with warm water and a clean, soft cloth for daily care. Rinse thoroughly to prevent soap build-up which could dull the surface over time.

From time to time you may want to restore the shine and gloss of the stone and for that we suggest a thorough cleaning then a polish made specifically for natural stone.

Twice a year, depending on stone and use, your surface should have a sealer applied. Sealing is easy but always follow the directions on the bottle and be sure to use a quality brand.

Do's & Don'ts:

  • DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or fruit juices.
  • DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
  • DO blot up spills immediately to minimize possible stains.
  • DO clean surfaces by wiping with clean water or cleaner specifically made for natural stone.
  • DO reseal your countertop twice a year.
  • DON'T use abrasive or harsh cleansers as it may scratch or dull the finish.
  • DON'T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or citrus cleaners.

QUARTZ:

  • Clean routinely with a soft rag and mild detergent. Make sure this detergent is non-bleach and non-abrasive.
  • Wipe up liquids as soon as possible. Quartz resists stains from fruit juices, tea and coffee for at least a short period of time.
  • Use a glass or surface cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge to clean up dried or heavy stains. You can use sponges that are made for non-stick pans.
  • For deep cleaning, spray a generous amount of the surface cleaner over your counters and leave for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a non-scratch sponge.
  • Remove ink or permanent markers with an oil-based cleaner, like Goo Gone. Rinse with warm water immediately after the stain is removed.

To Prevent Damage:
Place a trivet or hot pad below hot pans, crock pots and electric skillets. Although quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 Celsius), it can be damaged by quick changes in temperature, known as "thermal shock."

Avoid using knives directly on the quartz surface. Quartz countertops are highly scratch resistant, but they are not scratch-proof and can be damaged when forcefully hit with sharp objects. Use a cutting board placed on top of the countertop to avoid damage.

Avoid cleaning with highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, such as nail polish remover, turpentine, oven cleaner, bleach, drain cleaners, dish washer rinsing agents, trichloroethane or methylene chloride. Clean immediately with a mild detergent and rinse, if they are spilled.