Countertop Care

Countertop Care & Maintenance:

Granite Care:

Granite is a worry free surface, requiring few special precautions. It is easy to care for, stain resistant, and extremely durable. Hot pots and pans won't damage it. It won't chip, scratch, or crack under normal use. There is nothing more elegant than granite, and when cared for properly, its durability can last a lifetime. Granite, although hard, is porous and will absorb liquids when exposed for long periods of time. It is recommended that spills of acidic liquids, such as fruit juices and vinegar, be blotted up immediately. The use of a mild soap and water solution on a routine basis is recommended to maintain your countertop's appearance. However, stronger chemicals may be harmful when used on your countertop. Potentially harmful compositions include: ammonia based products, oils or turpentine's, scouring type cleaners, rust removers, acidic based cleaning agents, waxes or finishes requiring high speed polishing, paint or varnish removers, lacquer thinners, drain cleaners, and contact adhesive solvent, oven cleaners. To protect our granite surface, a sealer that provides a barrier to potential stain causing agents has been applied. The sealant, while durable, should be reapplied at least once a year.

Cultured Marble Vanity Top Care:

A cultured marble top can be cut down using a masonry blade on a circular saw or jigsaw. Cuts are advised to be made 1/8" larger than the actual finished size so it can be sanded down to desired length to prevent the top from chipping. Tops should be cut upside down starting at the underside. Cultured Marble Tops are produced from natural and man-made materials and by their nature are subject to minor warpage, small air bubbles, small particles of foreign matter and other slight surface imperfections. There will be variations in the shade and clarity of color as well as variations in veining and patterns. Tolerances: Due to the composition of cultured marble, size variations of up to 3/8" may occur. However every effort is made to keep size variations to a maximum of ΒΌ". These same tolerances apply even if templated. These tops are made in a mold and will not be scribed to match template. Field adjustments may be necessary. Bowl setback on 22" Oval is 3-1/4".

CaesarStone Care:

CAPolished Surfaces: Its hard, nonporous polished surface makes CaesarStone simple to clean. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to maintain its luster. While CaesarStone does not require sealants or waxes to maintain its luster, occasional cleansing with Method Daily Polish Spray or Method Daily Stone Surface Wipes will keep the quartz surface looking its best. If required, adhered materials like food, gum and nail polish can be scraped away with a plastic putty knife; marks left by the putty knife can be removed with Soft Scrub Gel with Bleach. Squeeze a small amount on a soft damp cloth and wipe the surface, then rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove residue.

Laminate Care:

Use mild liquid soap and water or a citrus cleaner to clean the countertop; do not place hot pots or pans on the surface of the countertop; do not chop, slice, pound or hammer on the countertop; Ceramic or other abrasive objects will cause scratching and premature wearing of the countertop; Do not use abrasive cleaners; powders, scouring pads or steel wood to clean the countertop; Laminate countertops are not stain proof; use caution when working with products that may cause stains; Acid or alkaline based cleaners, compounds, etc..., will mar, etch, corrode and permanently discolor laminates. Examples of these are: drain cleaners, rust removers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, chlorine bleach, tub & tile cleaners & metal cleaners; Re-caulk/seal cutouts, back splash, and area above dishwasher as needed for the entire life of the top to prevent water damage; use hot pads or trivets to protect your countertop from heat in excess of 275 degree F, or prolonged exposure to heat 140 degrees or higher.