Care and Maintenance for your Piedrafina Quartz Countertops

Piedrafina Quartz countertops are exceptionally durable, but they will require some common sense maintenance and care to keep them in top shape. Here are a few tips:

  • Never apply sealers, penetrants, or topical treatments to your quartz counter tops, they never need to be sealed.
  • Scrape any stuck-on gum, grease or paint off with a plastic (never metal) putty knife.
  • Remove any other grease with a degreasing cleanser as soon as it comes in contact with your countertop.
  • Remove ink or permanent marker with an oil-based cleaner; rinse with warm water immediately after the stain is removed.
  • Avoid excessive force or pressure on your countertops; this may crack or chip the surface.
  • While your quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, always place a trivet or hot pad under hot pans, crock pots, electric skillets, etc., to avoid “thermal shock” which can occur due to sudden changes in temperature and cause permanent damage to your countertop.
  • Do not use a knife directly on your quartz counter tops.  While they are highly scratch resistant, they can be damaged by a knife or utensil cuts, or if forcefully hit with sharp objects.  Always use a cutting board placed on top of the countertop to avoid damage.

Quartz Cleaning Q&A with Recommended Product List

Q. What’s the best way to keep my quartz countertops in top shape every day?

A. Keep the surfaces clean, dust them frequently, wipe up spills immediately.  Wash them with a soft cloth and warm water, using mild soap, if desired.

Q. What should I use to clean my quartz countertops if I have a dried spill or stubborn dirt smudge?

A. For those times when warm water and mild soap don’t do the trick and you need to use a stronger cleaner, we have compiled a list of products that are both effective and safe for your countertops.  Please see our Recommended Products List below.

Q. Are there any products I should NOT use to clean my quartz with?

A. Yes-you should always avoid abrasive or strong alkaline or acidic cleaners, including bleach, oven cleaners, harsh powders, creams, steel wool, and other similar items.  If it’s not on the Recommended Products List below, we do not recommend that you use it.


Recommended Product List

There will be times when warm water and a mild soap are not sufficient for cleaning up a dried spill or other mess on your quartz countertops.  If you need to use a stronger cleaner, we have compiled a recommended product list below for you to choose from.  Be sure to choose the correct product listed below, because most cleaning brands offer multiple versions of similar product, which are designed to meet many different needs.  Some of these variations may include chemicals or additives that could damage your quartz.

This recommended products list includes:

Piedrafina Quartz Countertop Cleaner and Polish

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Corian® Quartz Maintenance

CORIAN® QUARTZ CARE IN USE

Corian® Quartz surfaces  are very easy to maintain. The quartz (formerly called Zodiaq®) used in Corian® Quartz — coupled with high-performance,stain-resistant polymers — results in a durable, nonporous, chemical-resistant surface. Corian Quartz is also heat- and scratch resistant,but not heat- and scratch-proof. Therefore, the use of a cutting board is recommended when using a knife.Of course, Corian Quartz keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing. Because it is nonporous, Corian® Quartz does not require sealants or waxes. Corian Quartz also gives you peace of mind. In the unlikely event that you do experience any problems due to a manufacturer’s defect, you can rest assured that Corian Design backs Corian® Quartz with a 10-year limited warranty. (more…)

Natural Stone Maintenance

Origin of Natural Stone

Originally, your natural stone comes from a mountainside cut into huge 50,000-pound blocks of stone.  The blocks are then sliced into slabs, which are refined to give its natural colors a mirror like depth.  The luster, hardness, colors and variations are all indications of the stone’s mineral composition and origin.  This unique blend of characteristics is what makes your natural stone one-of-a-kind, and a beautiful practical surface for your home.

Stone is Absorbent

Although we usually think of stone as “hard,” it is actually a porous material.  Natural stone has varying degrees on porosity depending of the type of stone.  If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface and stain the countertop.  The liquid eventually evaporates but the stain will be visible.  Highly acidic substances, such as orange juice, coffee, and wine, will also etch acid sensitive stones including most granite, slate, and sandstone.

Stone Needs Specialty Cleaners

Like any other surface in your home, it is important to clean your natural stone to help maintain its natural beauty.  However, natural stone requires cleaning products specifically designed for the stone’s unique mineral composition.  Most general-purpose cleaners, as well as any products containing lemon, vinegar, or other acids, and abrasive powders will etch or damage the stone and/or degrade the sealer, and therefore removing protective properties and the stone will be more easily susceptible to stains.  Because of this, Kitchen Mart recommends the use of products such as Revitalizer and Klenzall for cleaning your countertop.

Proper Cleaning

Maintenance cleaning with pH-balanced, neutral cleaner, such as a mixture of mild soap and water, will help remove spills or stains that normal dusting or damp mopping leave behind.  It also helps to keep your stone free of dust and dry, sandy soil to minimize wear patterns from everyday use on some softer stones.  Specially designed cleaners, such as Klenzall or Revitalizer, for stone will never break down the protective sealer.  In fact, some cleaners contain protective properties, which reinforce the sealer to prolong stain resistance.  For heavier cleaning jobs, using cleaners formulated for stone will effectively remove tough grime and messes yet be gentle on the surface.  For optimum protection, we recommend you seal your surface every year with a Heavy Duty Stone Sealer. Quality sealers like 511 Impregnator and Porous Plus are recommended.

How to Seal Your Countertop

Clean your countertop prior to sealing it. After cleaning, start at one end of your countertop and seal in sections of roughly three feet at a time. After pouring on the sealer. The sealer should penetrate the countertop, but may puddle in areas that are less porous. Make sure to wipe off anything that puddles—this is called ‘buffing.’ Let the sealer set for 30 minutes, and then wipe off any excess.

Do’s And Dont’s of Natural Stone

DO clean surfaces with a mild detergent or soap. DO thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing. DO blot up spills immediately. DON’T rub spills with a cloth or paper towel, as this will spread them. DON’T use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids. DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers. DON’T mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.

Additional Products and Information

For additional products and information for the care of your natural stone, please call Kitchen Mart at 916.362.7080, or go online to the Marble Institute of America at www.marble-institute.com

Cleaning your Cambria Quartz Countertop

Cleaning your Cambria Quartz Countertop

One of the great things about Cambria Quartz surfaces is how easy they are to clean and maintain. With Cambria Quartz countertops clean up is a snap, no fancy cleansers needed!  Just use warm water and a soft cloth.  If additional cleaning or disinfecting is needed you can use warm water and plain old soap or a non-abrasive, non-bleach cleansing product.  That’s all it takes to keep your Cambria counter top beautiful for years to come.

Dreaming of the easy-clean convenience of Cambria Quartz? Thinking about adding new quartz countertops to your kitchen?  For a FREE in home estimate for your new kitchen remodeling project, click here or call us at 916.362.7080.

For kitchen design ideas and to experience our quality countertops, cabinetry and more, we invite you to visit one of our two design showrooms:
Kitchen Mart Sacramento at 3742 Bradview Drive
Kitchen Mart Rocklin at 4381 Granite Drive.

 

Silestone Warranty

Silestone®25 Year Warranty
Offered on any Silestone product purchased and registered on or after January 1, 2015.

Silestone® is the only brand that offers a certified warranty, in writing. Only a global leader could once again draw ahead of the pack and offer a genuine 25-year transferable warranty for Silestone®.  
RESIDENTIAL LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NORTH AMERICA
Cosentino, S.A. warrants to the residential owner-occupants of installed Silestone® quartz surfaces (“Silestone® Surfaces”) that for a period of twenty (25) years from the date of installation of the Silestone® Surfaces in your single family residential home, that the Silestone® material will be free from manufacturing defects. If a manufacturing defect occurs during the warranty period, Cosentino, S.A. will at its option, repair or replace the defective Silestone® Surfaces.
What this limited 25—year warranty covers:
This limited transferrable warranty covers Silestone Surfaces that have been purchased from an Authorized Silestone Installer or Dealer    (“Authorized Installer”) and have been permanently installed in your single family residence by an Authorized Installer.
This limited transferrable warranty covers products that have been maintained according to the Silestone Surfaces Care and Maintenance and Integrity Sink Care and Maintenance set forth on www.silestoneusa.com such other repairs and modifications shall be the responsibility of the customer.
This warranty does not cover products that have not been paid for in full. This warranty does not cover products exposed to abnormal use or conditions or abuse in any way. “Abnormal use or conditions” includes, but is not limited to, damage from mishandling or misuse, damage from excessive heat, scorching or exposure to weather conditions, exposure to ultraviolet light, physical or chemical abuse, acid etching, staining, or damage from improper care and maintenance or damage from chipping, cracking, impact damage or breaking due to customer abuse.
Silestone Surfaces are intended to have a natural and non—uniform appearance, thus this limited warranty does not cover any variances in color, shade, particle structure or gloss level.
This warranty does not cover products that you, the customer, decide you do not like after installation due to color, edging styles, or other opinions based on personal preference. This warranty does not cover seam appearance or performance. This warranty does not cover temporary marks on the Silestone products including but not limited to metal marks, fingerprints or smudges or other temporary marks made by household utensils.
This warranty does not cover “commercial uses” of the Silestone products. “Commercial uses” include but are not limited to use in commercial buildings such as retail stores, restaurants, offices, hotels, or apartment complexes.
This warranty does not cover outdoor uses. Commercial, S.A. is not responsible for damage or injury caused in whole or in part by acts of God, job site conditions, architectural and engineering design, structural settling or movement, acts of vandalism or accidents.
This warranty shall apply to Silestone Integrity Sinks that have been installed with your Silestone Surfaces (“Integrity Sinks”), except however, this warranty for Integrity Sinks does not cover normal wear and tear that occurs over time including but not limited to minor dents and scratches from pots and pans, cuts and nicks, scuff marks, chipping, pouring boiling water without cold water, use of dry ice or any other uses that do not comply with the Care and Maintenance for Integrity Sinks. (more…)