Care and Maintenance
Granite is one of the hardest materials on earth. It is resistant to scratches, acids, stains and heat. It is long-lasting, durable, and unique because it is NOT manufactured ~ it is a product of Nature. Granite is composed primarily of Quartz, Feldspar and Mica ~ other minerals may be present in these stones that create their special colors, textures and patterns. Your countertop has been protected with a (non-toxic) 15–year sealer and is safe to use on food preparation surfaces. Enjoy!
Do’s: How to take care of your Granite
- Use warm water and a few drops of mild antibacterial dishwashing liquid
- Wipe clean with a soft cloth or sponge
- Dry with a soft towel or wash-rag
Don’t(s): Do not clean with the following (over time these cleaners could dull the “finished surface” of the stone>
- No Bleach
- No Ammonia
- No Windex or glass cleaner
- No Abrasive cleaners
Marble is stunning with unique markings and veins. Formed from the pressure of piles of earth layers which consist of softer calcium based minerals, it is easily scratched, etched or stained. You can minimize marring by:
- Clean only with mild ph balanced dish soap in warm water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
- Do not leave wet tableware or cookware sitting on marble surfaces they will cause “rings” to be etched in a short time
- Do not use abrasive or harsh cleaners
- Do not allow prolonged contact with vinegar or citrus liquids, it will etch and dull the surface.
- Do not “drag” rough/heavy items across the countertop or scratches will easily occur.
QuartzMore About Quartz Care
Quartz surfaces are non-porous, naturally resistant to stains, and made to be carefree.Do’s:
- Clean only with mild soap in warm water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
- Quartz does not need to be sealed.
- No harsh abrasive cleaners or scrub pads. Use non-scratch, like Scotch Brite pads
- Do not cut on Quartz with knives and no hot pots or pans directly on the quartz surface
Protecting your natural stone countertop is a must. JUST FOR GRANITE uses a 15 year (non-toxic) penetrating sealer (Dry-Treat) on all Stone pieces we fabricate and install (at no additional cost). While this "type" of sealer is more expensive than "silicone" based sealers that evaporate over a short time; we prefer to do it once and do it the best way possible.
Natural Stone Sealers do not change the color, shine, surface or appearance of the stone what-so-ever. It is clear substance that penetrates into the stone, coating the "pores" to keep liquids from being absorbed and causing stains.
If you have existing granite countertops that have not been sealed with a "penetrating" sealer such as Dry-Treat; we suggest calling JUST FOR GRANITE to discuss having your counters professionally sealed by one of our trained team members. Quotes can be provided over the telephone or in person.
Please call JUST FOR GRANITE regarding any “Care & Maintenance” questions: (317)-842-8255