COUNTERTOP CARE

Silestone Countertops Washington DC. Maryland MD and Virginia VA

The recommended care for your newly installed countertop will vary depending on the type of surface. Some surfaces, such as engineered stone, require very minimal care, while natural surfaces require slightly more attention. The following are brief guidelines for how to care for your new countertop:

Engineered Stone

CAESARSTONE - CAMBRIA - SILESTONE - ZODIAQ

Engineered stone requires no maintenance. Just clean the surface with warm, soapy water to remove dirt and dust. No chemical sealing is required to prevent stains.

Natural Stone

Granite - Marble

The Countertop Guru applies a professional 10-year sealant to all granite countertops prior to installation. Unlike most widely used sealants that only last six months, our DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional BulletProof® Sealer protects your counter for 10 years. This sealant is meticulously applied in our shop by trained technicians and eliminates the hassle of sealing your countertop on a regular basis. The only maintenance required on our granite countertops is regular cleaning with a microfiber cloth and stone cleaner. Always wipe spills immediately from your granite countertop. Substances such as oil, wine and juice can penetrate the surface causing stains. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on granite; they can scratch the surface of the stone. If you have a stubborn stain on your counter, call a stone-care professional to assist with its removal.

Solid Surface

Corian - Formica - Staron - Wilsonart

Solid surface can be cleaned with soapy water or ammonia-based cleaners. Difficult stains may require additional cleaning techniques. For a matte or satin finish, an abrasive cleaner will help remove stubborn dirt. For semi-gloss finish, diluted bleach and a non-abrasive scrub pad is best. For high-gloss finish, use a soft sponge with diluted bleach to avoid scratching the surface. Solid Surface tolerates moderate heat, but care should be taken to avoid direct contact with hot pans and appliances. Temperatures in excess of several hundred degrees can crack the countertop surface. Avoid cutting directly on solid solid countertops.

Laminate

FORMICA - NEVAMAR - PIONITE - WILSONART

Although no regular maintenance for laminate countertops is required, they are susceptible to water damage on the seams. Clean your laminate countertops with mild dish soap, water and a clean cloth. Dry the countertop after washing. Treat stains with a mix of baking soda and water (3:1 ratio). Let the baking soda paste stand for a few minutes before wiping it off. Do not scrub your counter with baking soda since it can damage the surface. Avoid cutting directly on laminate countertops. This can cause damage to the surface.

For all surfaces, be careful not to drop heavy items on the edge of the countertop as this may chip or crack the surface. This is particularly true for the delicate “bridge” areas in front and behind sinks, cook tops and 90 degree corner pieces. In addition, never allow children or adults to sit or walk on countertops. Even the tough surface of engineered stone can crack under the direct weight of a person.