How to Care for Quartz Countertops

How to care for quartz countertops Orlando

How to Care for Quartz Countertops and Other Quartz Countertop Maintenance

Updated 11/3/2019

Quartz is a countertop surface stone that is non-porous, has high resistance to heat, stain, and scratches, and it is quite versatile. It is the most durable of all the stones for countertops, and it requires less maintenance than the other stones such as marble, onyx, and others due to its non-porous surface. The material’s durability and low maintenance is preferred over other stones by business and homeowners.

Quartz countertops are very easy to maintain. It is only required to utilize a damp cloth with soap and warm water regularly to keep it from staining from everyday use. We highly recommended that you clean any spills or food stains immediately. Do not use any abrasive wipe or cleaner; otherwise, it will scratch the surface and remove the gloss and shine. Although quartz countertops are resistant to heat, the use of trivets, heating pads, and such others is recommended to avoid a sudden direct change of temperature.

When cutting food, the use of a cutting board is a must to prevent scratches against the quartz’s surface. Do not use ammonia or bleach or any strong solvents it may dull the natural shine of the quartz. Using the flat side of a razor blade will help remove tough dried foods from the quartz surface as well as a “000” mild steel wool, it is a trade secret that works effectively. Sealants are not necessary when choosing quartz countertops.

Following these simple steps will keep your countertops looking like new for a long time to come enhancing the elegance of your business or home!


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How to Select Countertops That Match Cabinets and Floors

When our customers come into our office looking for new custom countertops, many times they are about to begin a full kitchen remodel or have even begun the remodel. These customers want to make sure that their new countertops will match their floors and cabinetry. So often they bring in samples or pictures of the floor and cabinet materials that they have picked out, and we help them find a material that will match. After doing some research on blogs and home designer websites across the web, we have put together a 5 part guide for selecting countertops that match cabinets and floors.

Step 1: Decide on what style of kitchen you plan to build

Crema-marphil marble Kitchen, Farmhouse sink
Traditional Style Kitchen with Marble Countertops

When selecting a style for your kitchen, it is important to take into consideration the needs you will have, what your personal design tastes are, and how the kitchen will tie into the rest of your home. If you are unsure of the many different kinds of kitchen styles, HGTV has put together a quick picture guide of 9 different kitchen styles for you to choose. From here you will begin to select the materials, colors, patterns, and appliances that will match your desired style.

 

Step 2: Select a color scheme for your kitchen remodel

Ceasarstone Quartz Countertops Orlando
Notice how the tan-colored tiles tie in nicely with the creme colored countertops and are accented by the white cabinets for contrast.

Jann Seal, of Demand Media, writes that you should select 2-3 dominant colors for your kitchen and then an accent color that will provide a “pop” between the two. If you visit this gallery of 25 Colorful Kitchens provided by HGTV, you can see that the majority of the kitchens predominately follow the three-color rule. Such as this: gray cabinets and white/gray countertops with a red accent wall. If your floors contain many different colors, try to find one similar color in the countertop materials or cabinets that you select. The warm brown coloring found in wood flooring pairs well with quartz and granite materials containing shades of beige or brown such as our  Brown Fantasy material or Tan Brown Material.

 

Step 3: Select countertop and tile patterns textures and finishes that go well together

Orlando Granite Kitchen Countertop with Stepped Edge ProfileMatching the patterns, texture, and finish of your materials is just as important as the colors you select for your new kitchen countertops. Busy travertine tile floors might pair well with a calmer gray/white granite or quartz countertops such as our Colonial White Material. If you select a smooth, glossy tile, we would recommend a color/texture matching quartz or solid surface countertop material.

Step 4: Select your kitchen cabinets

Granite Kitchen Countertop, Kitchen Countertop Orlando,After taking into consideration the different textures and colors that have you have used between the countertops and floors, it will be time to start choosing the right style of cabinets to tie to look together. Mary Cockrill of Demand Media also suggests taking into consideration the lifestyle you have when selecting the cabinets in How to Match Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops. She also suggests in her article to choose the material for the cabinets based on the stone you select because natural stones such as granite will require resealing over the years, while engineered stones like quartz will not.

 

Step 5: Don’t be afraid to get visual

countertop installation processBeing visual is not a bad thing when making a sizable investment like a kitchen remodel. Grab sample materials wherever you go and bring them with you to select the right materials for your kitchen. If you are tech / design-savvy, there are software programs you can invest in to see how the kitchen will look after each configuration. TopTenReviews has put together a guide called Best Tools for Interior Design that will help with selecting which software will best suit your needs. When all else fails, bring your ideas to a contractor, and they will be able to help guide you in the right direction.

Source Material:

Kitchen Style Guide; HGTV

How to Coordinate Floor Tile Color & Countertops ; Jann Seal, Demand Media

25 Colorful Kitchens ; HGTV – Kayla Kitts and H. Camille Smith

How to Match Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops; Mary Cockrill, Demand Media

Best Tools for Interior Design ; HouseBeautiful.com

Article Last Updated 9/30/2019


 

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Featured Project: HanStone Quartz – An Orlando Kitchen

HanStone Quartz Counterop Kitchen with waterfall quartz kitchen island
Photo Credit: Bees ‘N Burlap

HanStone Quartz Featured Project

At ADP Surfaces, we build countertops for projects of all kinds; from new high-end custom built homes to DIY renovations.  This week we’re featuring a project submitted from Holli Rodrigues, an Orlando homeowner, an avid home decorator. Earlier this month Holli completed an extensive kitchen makeover that included new flooring, new countertops, tile accent wall, and new décor.

The material that she selected from us was light colored “Montauk” HanStone Quartz to replace her existing black granite countertops. Holli originally visited our warehouse with another color in mind, but after being able to see both in full slab form, she fell in love with the “Montauk” color.  The quartz material is a white stone with a light grey marble pattern that really served to brighten up her kitchen while providing a low maintenance worktop surface. The material was used to replace her granite countertops as well as create a beautiful quartz waterfall kitchen island.

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Interview with the Homeowner

After seeing the results from Holli’s outstanding renovation, we reached out to her for a few interview questions about the project, decorating and Orlando life.

You describe your kitchen renovation as “Industrial to Vintage, Mid Century Modern to Scandinavian”, where do you pull your wide range of inspiration from?

I have always had a love of decor and I’m inspired by the pieces of the past and the clean lines of modern design. I don’t feel that a person has to have one style; I think incorporating pieces you love creates YOUR style. I like spaces to have character and texture and you can only achieve that by incorporating various pieces in age, style, and color!

Why did you choose to change from Granite Countertops to Quartz countertops?

While I love the low maintenance that came with my black granite countertops, I was ready for a change. With the renovation we had to do, it made sense to make a real change…color, material, and style. I fell in love with the look and easy care of the Quartz.

What is your favorite thing about the Montauk Hanstone Quartz you selected? 

I particularly fell in love with the Montauk because of its resemblance to marble. Who doesn’t love marble? I just don’t care for the high maintenance involved, especially with a family and busy kitchen! I’m so impressed with the quality, color and low maintenance of my new Hanstone Quartz countertops.

What is a bit of advice for anyone looking to get started or do more with their home decoration? 

I always tell my clients to look for inspiration…in magazines, on TV, Pinterest…wherever. Make notes of what you like and what is catching your eye. Try to keep the foundation timeless and neutral. It’s easier to change the accessories than it is the floor or countertops. Be true to yourself too, don’t copy what others do because it’s your home and it should reflect your style.

What is your favorite thing about living in Orlando / Central Florida?

I always say living in Orlando is great because it’s where most people come to vacation…we get to live here. We have the beaches, historical sights, blue skies, and sunshine…if we could add a few cooler days it would be perfect!

About Holli Rodrigues & Bees N Burlap

If you would like to see more pictures of Holli’s renovation or learn more about her business Bees ‘N Burlap, you can visit her website at www.beesnburlap.com  or follow her on one of her social media outlets below:

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About HanStone Quartz & Hanex Solid Surfaces

Featuring state-of-the-art North American manufacturing facilities, HanStone and Hanex provide premium countertop materials that can handle the challenges of everyday life and “make each day just a little brighter”.

Learn more about HanStone Quartz Countertop Materials

Looking to complete your beautiful new kitchen renovation? Visit us to view our large selection of in-stock materials and see for yourself! All at “factory-direct pricing!” Want your project featured on our site? Visit our contact us page and request to be featured on our blog! Contact Us Today!

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ADP Surfaces 2018 Craftsman Award Viera Builders Parade of Homes

ADP Surfaces Inc. Receives 2018 Craftsman Award

March 29, 2018 – Melbourne, FL

We are excited to announce that ADP Surfaces Inc. received a 2018 Craftsman Award at the HBCA of Brevard County “Parade of Homes” annual event in Melbourne, Florida. We would like to thank our client Viera Builders for nominating us for this honor. We would also like to thank our entire team including those featured in the picture above as well as  Jill in scheduling, Brian in Templating, and Eric in Installations who were not able to make the photo. Finally, we would like to extend a special thanks to Bobby Pinto in Sales, and Jessica Muller in purchasing for all that they do!

We were nominated based on our dedication, excellent craftsmanship and customer service for our clients. We appreciate our partnership with Viera Builders and their nomination of ADP, making this award possible.

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Article about ADP Featured in Central Florida Builder Magazine

We were cleaning out some old boxes this week and came across this old magazine that ADP was featured in back in 2002. It is incredible how so little has changed about our philosophies on how we treat our customers and builders. One big change we have made since 2002 is widening the variety of stones we sell to include more solid surface / corian countertops and quartz countertops.

 

A Different Perspective

By Nancy Click

A reputation is earned in any industry over time. A Different Perspective has spent the last 10 years helping builders, designers and homeowners carve their dreams in stone. It is the style in which these projects have been handled that has built a reputation as solid as the stone they cut.

The kitchen represents the largest expense in any home. This is the place where friends visit and families are fed. The countertops become the showpiece of the kitchen and the artistic expression of the owners. For these reasons, have it done right.
Specializing in countertop fabrication and installation, A Different Perspective (ADP) has developed a system to make this process easy for its clients. They have a knowledgeable team that has a real interest in helping plan, organize and make dream kitchens a reality.

ADP is built on this premise: take care of your employees and clients; everything else will take care of itself. More than half of new sales are referrals from previous customers. This is because the team at ADP strives to make their clients look their best and give them what they want.

Granite countertop specialists and owners of A Different Perspective, Chris Peck and Kevin Fulp have a philosophy that success is defined by honoring what you do.

“We are here to help our clients and enjoy the process,” says Peck. “Our customers have the opportunity to select material from all over the world. One day we are working with a stone from Brazil, the next day with one that’s cut out of India and another day a stone from Norway. This is the magic in what we do to make our beautiful countertops.

Central Florida Builder / Architect – February 2002

 

 

Front Page of Central Florida Builder Magazine in 2002.
Front Page of Central Florida Builder Magazine in 2002.

Other ADP Surfaces Custom Countertop Fabrication and Installation Projects

 Orlando Granite Kitchen Countertop with IslandADP Surfaces and RX Builders 2014 Project