Countertops

Please refer to your countertop's manufacturer guide to understand all recommended product care and maintenance.


Care and Maintenance Tips Cleaning

  • Always carefully read and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning your specific countertop material.
  • Do not use abrasive or granular cleaning products and those containing acids or vinegar. Avoid using steel wool or other abrasive cleaning tools to prevent scratches.
  • Clean spills immediately; do not allow liquids to stand on or saturate joints, seams or backsplashes.
  • Clean with a damp, non-abrasive cloth and ordinary soap.
  • Do not flood the countertop, especially near seams, as water can penetrate causing substrate damage.
  • For Natural Stone and Solid Surfaces, do NOT use household ammonia based cleaner, as this can damage the finish of many countertop materials.

Protection

  • Always use a cutting board, chopping block, or other protective surfaces as knives will scratch the countertop surface. Do not chop, slice, pound or hammer on any countertop surface as these all could cause substantile damage.
  • Extreme heat will cause damage; always use a trivet, insulated hot pad or other protective device beneth all hot cookware, heat generating appliances or other heated objects on counter surface.
  • Items such as nail polish and makeup can leave stains on the cultured marble or granite surface of bathroom vanities. Avoid using these products near the countertop or take precautions to protect the countertops while using these products.
  • The caulking between the countertop and the wall, along the joint at the backsplash, and around the sink may shrink, leaving a slight gap. Maintaining a good seal in these locations is important to keep moisture from reaching the wood under the countertop and to prevent warping.

Sealing

  • Granite countertops are porous and thus should be re-sealed annually. You can use a standard granite sealer kit available at any local home center. (To test if your granite countertops need to be resealed, drip a few droplets of water on the countertop. If the water beads up, the sealer is still doing its job. If not, sealer should be applied.)





* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.