Even the strongest products need a little care. Learn how to care for your product's surface based on material type below.
Natural Stone Care and Maintenance
Natural stone can provide a lifetime of beauty if properly cared for. Although natural stone is generally thought of as hard and durable, different types have varying degrees of porosity. If left unsealed, spills and other commonly occurring countertop messes can easily penetrate and permanently damage the stone's surface. Properly sealing and cleaning stone surfaces on a regular basis will help maintain their beauty.
Keeping natural stone surfaces free of dirt and grime by sweeping or dusting will minimize scratches and wear patterns that can develop from everyday use. The stone should be cleaned on a regular basis with warm water, mild detergent, and a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Neutral cleaners specially formulated for natural stone will remove soils that normal dusting and damp wiping leave behind. General-purpose cleaners that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids should never be used because they may etch the surface or damage the finish of the stone. Scouring powders or other cleaners that contain abrasives may scratch the stone surface and should also be avoided.
The best way to prevent stains on natural stone is to treat the surface with a protective sealer. The sealer will fill in the pores and repel spills on the surface. Sealers should be selected based upon the type of stone and specific needs of the area in which it will be installed. Stone industry professionals agree that natural stone is best protected when treated with impregnating sealers which are fluorochemical-based. Once sealed, the stone is protected against everyday dirt and spills. Proper cleaning will help the sealer last longer and keep the stone protected without damaging its natural beauty.
The dos and don'ts of natural stone...
- Do use a protective sealer on your natural stone at least once per year.
- Do use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
- Do use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
- Do use placemats under china, ceramics, silver, or other objects that may scratch the surface of your stone.
- Do dust your stone surfaces frequently.
- Do blot up spills immediately so they do not penetrate and permanently damage the surface.
- Do clean surfaces by wiping with clean water, mild dish soap, or any professional natural stone cleaner.
- Don't use vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or other general-purpose cleaners.
- Don't use cleaners that contain acids such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub and tile cleaners.
- Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
- Don't use alkaline cleaners not specially formulated for natural stone.
Engineered Quartz Care and Maintenance
Since engineered quartz is a man-made and non-porous material, care and maintenance are fairly simple. Unlike natural stone, engineered quartz does not need to be sealed and is proven to be more durable than natural stone surfaces.
To keep counters clean we recommend using warm water, mild detergent, and a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Commercial cleaners safe for use are mild spray cleaners such as glass and surface cleaner. Make sure these cleaners are non-abrasive and non-acidic.
If a mess sits on a counter for a period of time, it can create a build-up that is tough to remove. You can use a Soft Scrub with some bleach to clean up these tough areas. Please rinse with water immediately after and wipe dry.
Quartz is highly heat resistant and short-time exposure will usually not cause any damage to the surface. However, extreme temperature and prolonged exposure can compromise the integrity of the countertop. We recommend always using a trivet for hot pots, pans, and utensils. The same goes for cutting directly on the surface. Quartz is advertised as " scratch resistant", but it is not scratch proof. A sharp utensil can cause damage if a cutting board is not utilized. Quartz is also highly praised for its superb durability, but heavy objects and blunt force can cause chips. If any occur, please reach out to our customer service department for a service call to fill in and repair the chip.
Most quartz surfaces are not UV protected and therefore only recommended for indoor use. Please ask your Sprovieri's sales representative for recommended outdoor surface options.
Solid Surface Care and Maintenance
Not only are solid surface materials nonporous, but they also have the capability to be repaired. Famous for its minimal care, it is easy to keep solid surface countertops looking brand new.
We recommend cleaning solid surface applications with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth with soapy water and an ammonia-based cleaner. To prevent watermarks and any build up on the surface, wipe up spills quickly, and finish wiping completely dry. To disinfect, please use diluted household bleach.
Avoiding direct heat on solid surface materials is always recommended. A trivet or other barrier should always be used to protect the surface. Solid surface is not scratch-resistant so a cutting board is always recommended to avoid unnecessary damage. If any scratches do occur, the countertop can easily be repaired. Please call Sprovieri's to schedule a service call to repair and remove any stains, scratches, and cuts on your solid surface material.