Quartz Granite and Corian Countertop Care
MR Planners provides entire kitchen renovation and innovative ways to renew your kitchen with fabulous counterops in quartz countertops, granite countertops, new and replacement counters in cultured marble, Formica or Wilsonart updated patterned laminate. Our Corian solid surface selections are a renewable source of surfacing that many find a soft appealing look that travels from the kitchen, bathroom counterops, and even bathroom wall surfaces. Great designs can be produced with the top cascading over the side in a modern waterfall countertop effect. See below for differences in Granite, soap stone, Caesar Stone, Zodiaq, and Travina manufactured stone.
Our special line of Cambria synthetic stone is more durable and safe than both granite or quartz.
Quartz is the hardest and most durable of the stone look tops. Acidic substances is not recommended for cleaning. Don't use abrasive cleaner or pads as quartz is durable but not indestructible. Clean fresh spills with dish soap and a soft cloth, e.g., microfiber. Use glass or surface cleaner, along with a nonabrasive sponge, to remove stains. If you do not wipe up staining agents, such as fruit juices, tea, coffee or wine, it could settle in. To remove stubborn stains, use a paste of baking soda and water and rub in with a soft cloth. Your quartz countertops are heat resistant, but again, not heat proof. Do not set hot pans directly on the surface.
Granite is a porous stone. Acidic cleaners and fluids can eat away at the softer stones in the surface causing pitting.
Don't use vinegar, Windex or bleach on granite. Frequent uses of these acidic substances will dull the granite and weaken the sealant. Using abrasive pads or scotch brite pads may scratch the granite. To remove stains from granite, make a paste of baking soda and water.
Every so often an additional coating of sealant is a good idea.
Homemade Natural Granite Cleaner
1/4 cup isopropyl alcohol ( (aka rubbing alcohol or surgical spirits))
3-5 drops liquid castile soap ( (or any dish soap))
5-10 drops essential oil ( (optional))
1 1/2 cups distilled water ( (distilled is best, but filtered tap water is fine for short term storage))
Corian is a softer solid surface with the look of natural stone. Because it is softer, the use of cutting boards should be used. If the surface does get scratched over time. The top can be renewed by the Corian installer. Alternate options are using a large white softest scotchbrite pad on the market, Using gentle even strokes evenly polish the top. A car wash polisher can also work following up with finer wet sanding.
Daily cleaning is fine warm soapy water, ammonia-based household cleaner, or a dedicated countertop cleaner. Do avoid window cleaners, however, as they can leave a waxy build-up that dulls the surface. Always clean using a circular motion.
For Stains use a powder with oxalic acid, such as Bar Keepers Friend or Zud. A solution of half bleach and half water can remove stains.