Care and Maintenance

Here are a few guidelines for taking care of your new countertops. We recommend checking out the links provided to gather information specific to the natural stone you have chosen.

Quartz

Quartz is an extremely low maintenance surface that is not easily damaged. Following a few simple instructions will keep your countertop looking like new for many years to come.

  • Use a clean cloth or sponge with mild soap and warm water for routine daily cleaning. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, as soap residue can affect the appearance of your Quartz.
  • For stubborn spots, use a soft cloth, sponge or a non-scratch scrub pad, and a mild, neutral PH, non-abrasive cleanser along with plenty of water to clean the surface. Care should be taken to not scrub too hard to avoid damage to the countertop surface.
  • For dried residue, a flat object such as a plastic putty knife can be used to gently scrape off the foreign material.
  • Honed surfaces can show fingerprints and other signs of daily living more readily than polished surfaces, and will require more frequent maintenance.
  • Honed surfaces can be cleaned as described above.
  • Although Quartz is extremely scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof. You should never cut or chop directly on your countertop. Always use a cutting board.
  • Always use a hot pad or trivet when setting down hot objects, such as hot pans or plates. Direct contact with extremely high heat can cause damage. Care should also be taken when using electric household appliances that may emit high heat such as crock pots, electric skillets, etc. as these can potentially damage the surface.
  •  Take care to avoid spilling harsh chemicals such as drain cleaners, paint strippers, oven cleaners, bleach, etc. on your Quartz countertop. Any accidental spills should immediately be cleaned up and the surface rinsed thoroughly with clean water.

Natural Stone

Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol ore citrus juice. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of softer stones like travertine and limestone. It is also recommended to not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot cookware.

Cleaning Procedures:

Granite gallery recommends using GranQuarts 3-In-1 Spray Cleaner or a clear, mild dish washing detergent mixed with warm water when you are cleaning stone surfaces. Use a clean rag mop  on floors and a soft cloth on other surfaces.

Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or other calcareous stones.

Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the stone.

Additional Resources

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