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Natural Stone Countertops (Granite and Quartz)

Though granite and quartz countertops are more resistant to heat, stains, or cracks than any other natural stone countertop, remember that no product is ever invincible. Here are some tips to make your countertop last a lifetime.

1.- Quartz and granite countertops are easy to clean. Simply use a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water on a regular basis. Avoid harsh chemicals than can damage the luster and shine of your countertop. Ask your manufacturer about harsh chemicals or cleaners that can affect the beauty of your countertop.

2.- Granite and quartz have a high rating of hardness. However, they can still be vulnerable to cracks or chipping just like any natural stone. They are heat-resistant to some degree, but excessive heat may cause thermal shock that can cause cracks. It is still advisable to use hot pads or trivets to avoid any damage.

3.- Minor impact or knives will not damage your quartz or granite countertop. But it is still best to avoid anything that can cause chipping, particularly on edges of sinks or dishwashers.

4.- Engineered quartz and granite countertops are also manufactured to be resistant to stains. However, some chemicals may still cause marks on the surface. Make sure that spills are cleaned immediately upon occurrence to avoid any damage.

5.- Granite countertops require resealing over time. When water splashed on the surface no longer beads up, it is time to reseal your granite. For any damage or stain, it is best to contact a stone-care professional for repair and maintenance.

Solid Surface Countertops

Solid surface countertops are made of acrylic and the design is uniform through and through. As such, maintenance is easy. Follow these guidelines to keep your solid surface countertop looking new.

1.- Always use a trivet for hot pans to avoid heat damage or burns to your countertop.

2.- Use a soft cloth and mild detergent to clean your solid surface countertop. Mild abrasive cleaners are also ideal to remove minor stains and scratches.

3.- For tough stains or scratches, use sandpaper or a Scotch Brite pad over the surface.

4.- It is also advisable to regularly sand your solid surface countertop regularly using a circular motion over the entire surface. Depending on the type of solid surface countertop, follow the manufacturer’s instruction on the type of sandpaper to use. High gloss countertops will also need to be polished and wax after sanding.

5.- For more complicated repairs, contact a professional fabricator to restore your solid surface countertop.

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