PRODUCT MAINTENANCE AND CARE
• Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners such as bleach, ammonia, paint and gum removal solvents, or abrasive materials. Use mild soap and a damp cloth to clean your cabinets.
• Excess water may damage your cabinets (causing discoloration, peeling or warping). Wipe up excess water immediately.
• Wet or damp towels that hang over doors and drawer fronts will damage the finish.
• Steam and heat can damage your cabinets. They can warp wood, discolor, de-laminate components, peel the finish, leave spots and split joints. In cases of exposure to extreme heat, burn marks or fires could result.
• Avoid exposing the ‘upper cabinets to steam from kettles, coffee makers, bottle warmers, rice steamers etc.
• Also ensure that your stove top is flush with or above the adjacent counter top ends in order to prevent lifting or separation of the counter top edge. In the case of self-cleaning ovens, it is possible that the heat generated through the sides of the oven can cause damage. It is also possible that if pots boil over and liquid runs down the sides of the stove, the adjacent cabinet sides can sustain damage.
Smoke, sunlight and humidity can be present and cause damage. High humidity can warp wood, low humidity can cause shrinkage or cracking; also smoke and direct sunlight can discolor finish. The recommended average residential relative humidity level is between 35% and 45% helping to protect your kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities materials from the damaging effects of dryness or excessive moisture.
CARE OF REAL GRANITE COUNTER TOPS
What Are Granite Countertops?
Granite is a super tough stone that is formed from volcanic magma. Granite has earned a reputation as a great building stone. It ranges in color, but is known for how beautiful it is, especially for countertops. Granite countertops are gorgeous additions to a home, with each piece like a unique work of art. Granite is also very durable and resists heat.
• Granite requires regular maintenance. Besides just cleaning, you’ll need to make sure the granite is sealed periodically. Stains can be difficult to remove, but not impossible. To keep granite countertops clean, use a microfiber cloth to dust off the surface. Wipe down the granite countertop daily and as needed using water. Once a week wipe down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner formulated with a neutral pH. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. They can scratch, pit, and etch the surface of the stone. For oily stains, try a poultice made of a cup of flour or baking soda and 5 tablespoons of dish soap. Add water to make it the consistency of sour cream or yogurt. Place the solution directly on the stain and cover with plastic wrap overnight, before washing away the poultice.
• Sealing is a regular maintenance task for granite. Re-seal the countertop when water splashed on the surface no longer beads up. It’s important to examine your granite at least once a year. Inspect areas to make sure there is no cracking or shifting at the seams. Inspect for stains and scratches as well. If there are stains or damage, contact a stone-care professional for repair.
CARE OF QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS:
Quartz countertops are an engineered stone product used in residential and commercial kitchen and bath applications. Quartz countertops are made by mixing and compressing natural quartz derived from granite and epoxy resins to create a hard wearing and stain-impervious surface. It is molded and milled to standard sizes and thickness but can easily be manufactured to custom specifications. They come in a wide variety of colors and at a lower price point than 100 percent natural stone with less maintenance.
The ever-lasting finish requires only simple and routine care to maintain its good looks. To clean quartz counter top we recommend using warm water and a mild detergent or quality spray and wipe type cleaner to make things even easier – there’s no need to wax or seal.
Quartz is highly heat resistant and is both durable and hard-wearing. But even quartz surfaces need protection from very high temperatures – a pad or trivet placed between countertop and hot object will do the trick.
Quartz surfaces, just like other surfaces, can be damaged by strong chemicals and solvents. Don’t be tempted to use abrasive agents, such as oven or dishwasher cleaners on your surfaces. If they do come into contact with a non-recommended product, rinse thoroughly in clean water. If needed, apply a non-abrasive household cleaners (a non-abrasive cleaner will not dull the surface shine) and rinse to remove residue.
CARE OF CULTURED MARBLE COUNTER TOPS:
Engineered stone is a man-made product, essentially a mixture of the natural mineral dolomite, combined with color pigments, molded and ‘baked’ with specially-blended hardeners, then hand-finished. The result is ‘engineered’ granite, marble and onyx with all the look and feel of natural stone, but with distinct advantages. Engineered stone is warm and touchable smooth, yet exceptionally durable. It’s seamless and non-porous, which means it resists bacteria, stains and hard-water marks. And because it’s molded, it can be made into many shapes, sizes and colors.
The most important thing to keep in mind when cleaning cultured marble is to take extra care not to scratch it. Use simple, non-abrasive cleaners such as spray cleaners or dish detergent for everyday cleaning. Any cleanser with a gritty feel, such as Comet or Soft Scrub, will cause scratching, dulling the surface. You should also avoid using scouring pads or steel wool; stick with sponges or dish clothes for cleaning.
For tough stains, try letting them soak in peroxide overnight. A combination of water, vinegar, ammonia and baking soda will also help combat stains. For really tough stains, such as paint or tar, use paint thinner or turpentine for removal. To remove hard water deposits, spray the surface with vinegar and let set before wiping clean. The acidic vinegar loosens the deposits, making them easier to wipe away. For tough build-up, you may need to repeat the process several times.
You can prevent hard water build-up by wiping away water droplets as soon as possible after use.
CARE OF LAMINATE COUNTER TOPS:
• Avoid dropping heavy objects on them. Never place hot pots or dishes directly from the oven or burner on an unprotected laminate surface; such extreme heat can cause cracking or blistering. As a rule, a maintained temperature of 285°F can discolor a laminate. Contact adhesives typically can be reactivated or soften at around 200°F, which will allow the laminate to pull loose.
• Avoid cutting directly on the surface of laminate counters. Never let water or any other liquid sit on the surface of the countertop. Although the laminate is water resistant, it is not waterproof. After cleaning or wiping down the counter, it is equally important to wipe it down with a cloth to dry the surface. Any joints or finished ends are highly susceptible to water damage as they are a point of entry.
• Don’t use harsh chemicals. Harsh chemicals that have acid in the mix do not go well with laminates. Avoid using drain unclogging agents, metal cleaners, ceramic cleaners rust and lime removers and even vinegar and water on or near these counters. Wipe up any spills immediately with water, and dry thoroughly afterwards. Tough stains use mild household cleaners. Avoid using harsh abrasive cleansers. For take care to wipe up spills as quickly as possible as laminates can stain permanently.