Tips on Maintaining your Beautiful New Countertops
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selecting your kitchen and bathroom countertops, including granite, marble, quartz, cultured marble and many more.
Granite is a fairly tough material and is known for resisting cracks. It is also easily maintained. There are several products on the market to help you keep your granite shiny but for basic cleaning all you need is a microfiber cleaning cloth.
Quartz is harder than granite and more durable because it isn't porous like granite. (Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, so you should use heating pads at all times). To clean quartz all you need is some soap and warm water. For more stubborn, hardened spills, first wipe the counter with soap and water then use a spatula or even your credit card to remove any remnants. For a nice shine you can just spray a little window cleaner and wipe away with a soft rag.
Marble is naturally beautiful but it does take a little more work to maintain. It is much more porous than granite and can scratch and stain in a way that granite won't. Foods with a lot of acidity like lemons and tomatoes, and color like beets and wine will etch and scar marble if you do not wipe it up immediately. Do not use things like abrasive pads or cleaners like bleach, vinegar or window cleaners on your marble. It is best to clean your marble daily with a little soapy water and a soft cloth. You can also give your marble a little protection from stains and etching by using a spray sealant once a month.
Cultured Marble is often used in bathroom remodels as a beautiful, yet cost effective way to go. At Turn Key Remodel we can create beautiful countertops with the colors and styles that will be unique to your project. You can clean cultured marble with just a soft cloth or sponge using a mild soap and water or a non-abrasive foam cleanser. To keep your cultured marble shiny, you can periodically apply a protective coat of wax. For the shower it is best to use a squeegee after every use. You can also create a mixture of 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water in a spray bottle to remove spots.
So if you’re considering installing new countertops in your home, please call Turn Key Remodel where we are “your key to home improvements”.