Quartz Surfaces:
Are comprised of 93% natural quartz offering the ultimate combination of form and function,
allowing for a diverse, durable, and practical counter top surfacing material.
Quartz surfaces are most scratch, stain, and scorch resistant than stone or solid surfaces.

Quartz Care and Maintenance:

The hard, nonporous surface makes quartz simple to clean.
In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent such as the common household cleaner;
409®, Fantastik®, Lysol®, or Windex®, is all that is required to maintain its luster.
If necessary, a non-abrasive cleanser such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel with Bleach or
Comet Soft Cleanser Cream With Bleach can be used. Adhered materials like food, gum or nail polish
can be scraped away with a plastic putty knife; any marks left by the blade can be removed
with Soft Scrub Liquid Gel. Thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water to remove residue.
* Remember to use trivets underneath anything hot you will be placing on the counters to avoid thermal shock!



 
Granite Countertops:
The Natural stone you have purchased for your home in an investment and will last forever with proper care
and maintenance. Stone is a natural product and requires some basic care to keep it looking beautiful.

Stone Care and Maintenance:
At installation your counter tops were sealed. Depending on the type of stone you purchased
and the amount of wear, your stone will need to be sealed every 6 months to 1 year. 

Do’s:

    Clean surfaces with a pH balanced natural stone cleaner
            (available at hardware stores or from your local stone dealer.)
             *Cleaner that is too concentrated will leave a film and cause streaks.

    Thoroughly rinse and dry surface with a soft cloth after washing.

    Blot up spills immediately and clean with warm water and sponge. 

    Use coasters under glasses that contain alcohol and citric juices.

    Use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the 

Don’ts:

    Don’t use cleaners that contain acids, such as bathroom cleaners, tub cleaners, & tile & grout cleaners.

    Don’t use abrasive cleansers such as dry or soft cleaners.
    Don’t mix bleach and ammonia. Creates a toxic lethal gas.

    Don’t let spills sit over night.

    Don’t cut on your counters or place hot pans on them without contacting your local stone professional first.
    Cutting and extreme heat is only tolerable by certain species of granite.

Treatment of Common Stains:

Oil Based Stains (grease, tar, cooking oil, & cosmetics), which will darken stone:
clean gently with soft liquid cleanser with bleach or household detergent or ammonia or mineral spirits or acetone.

Organic Stains (food, coffee, tea, fruit, tobacco, paper, urine) which will leave a pinkish 

brown stain: clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.

Biological Stains (algae, mildew, fungi): clean with diluted ammonia or bleach or 

hydrogen peroxide. ½ a cup of any one of these liquids mixed with 1 gallon of water.

Ink stains (magic marker, pen, ink): On light colored stone clean with bleach or hydrogen 

peroxide. On dark colored stones, clean with lacquer thinner or acetone.

Paint Stains: Let paint dry and scrape off with razor blade or remove with lacquer 

Water Spots & Rings: Buff with dry 000 steel wool.

*If you cannot remove a stain call your local stone professional.




Marble Counter tops:
Marble is a natural product and requires more than basic care to keep it looking beautiful.
At installation your counter tops were sealed. Depending on the type of stone you purchased
and the amount of wear, your stone will need to be sealed every 6 months to a year.

Only clean surfaces with a pH balanced natural stone cleaner (available at hardware stores or from your local stone dealer.)
       *Cleaner that is too concentrated will leave a film and cause streaks.

Be careful when cleaning sinks, mirrors, & fixtures around marble counters.
Over spray from non-natural stone cleaners will cause etching and staining on marble.

Thoroughly rinse and dry surface with a soft cloth after washing.

Blot up (do not wipe) spills immediately and clean with warm water and sponge. 

Always use coasters under glasses that contain anything acidic such as alcohol, coffee and fruit juices.

Use place mats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that can scratch the stone.

Don’t use cleaners that contain acids, such as bathroom cleaners, tub cleaners, & tile & grout cleaners.

Don’t use abrasive cleansers such as dry or soft cleaners.

Don’t let spills sit over night.
Don’t cut on your counters or place hot objects on them.


Is it time to seal your natural stone counter top?

     This is a very simple to determine. Sprinkle some water on your counter tops and let it sit for a few minutes.
     If the water beads up and does not absorb, you have sufficient sealant on your counters.
     If the water is absorbed into the stone, it’s time to seal. 

     Sealers for natural stones can be purchased at hardware stores or from your local stone dealer.
     Make sure to purchase a sealer that is specific to your counter top finish such as, polished or honed.



 
               
               
               
                 
               
                               
           

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