Caring for your new countertop

December 16th, 2015 By: Talisa Ortiz

Congratulations on your new Countertop! To ensure that you enjoy them for years to come. We have put together a simple care and maintenance guide for you. Following these guidelines will keep your countertops looking as beautiful as when they were first installed.

Quartz Countertops:

Quartz is very easy to maintain, is non-porous, it does not need sealing, resistant to stains and scratches and it’s quite versatile. However it is not heat, stain and scratch proof. It is the most durable of all the stones for countertops and it requires less maintenance. It’s only required to utilize a damp cloth with soap and warm water regularly to keep it from staining from everyday use. It is 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 is resistant to heat, the use of trivets and heating pads 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 surface. When cleaning 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 on removing tough dried foods from the surface as well as a 000 mild steel wool, it is a trade secret that works effectively.

Marble Countertops:

Marble is very sensitive to acidic substances for example: wine, coffee, soda, fruit juices, tomato sauce & toiletry products can all cause etching to the surface finish leading to stains. It is important to know that when caring for your Marble countertops the only cleaning agent you should use on a regular basis is warm soapy water along with a sponge or soft cloth to wipe away dirt. Never use bleach or vinegar to clean your Marble countertops.  If you find yourself in need of a deeper clean and shine it is best to use a specially formulated stone cleaner and polish. These products can be found at your local grocery store. The best way to avoid all damages to your countertops is tofa always use coasters and trivets!

Granite Countertops:

Granite is a very hard substance and will take normal wear and tear very well. Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the placement of cooking vessels directly from the stove or oven to the counter top without damages. However, we still advise to use of trivets and heating pads. Granite is also scratch resistant. Although, we do not suggest using it as a cutting surface. Over time, repeated use as a cutting surface can dull the knife blade and finish. Nevertheless granite has proven to be very durable. You should still always use caution when cleaning and be sure not to use any abrasive chemicals. A simple clean with warm soapy water will do the just fine and if you are looking for a deeper clean it is always recommended to use a specially formulated stone cleaner and polish.

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

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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

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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 you 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 into 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 ; TopTenReviews

 


 

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The Bahama Breeze located off of International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona, Florida commissioned ADP Surfaces for the custom fabrication of granite countertops for their bar and outdoor areas of the restaurant. The goals for the project were to provide a sturdy material for their bar-tops that would hold up to years of use while matching the island style and theme of the restaurant. The material selected was a natural stone granite called “Persia Brown Granite” sourced from Brazil with a full bull-nose edge profile.

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We are excited to announce that we will now supply Dekton Outdoor countertops for the Orlando area. Orlando is the perfect place for outdoor kitchen countertops due to the abundance of pools, decks, barbecues and favorable warm weather year round! Certain materials perform better in the sun and heat than others, and Dekton Quartz countertop material is engineered to withstand high temperatures and prevent damage from Florida’s harsh UV rays. Dekton’s Quartz countertops come in a variety of patterns and colors, perfect to match your deck or patio. Dekton also carries a variety of Solid Surface countertops that are engineered for superior performance.

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In a working home, we expect a lot of our kitchens; our kitchens store the food that we eat, provide a working space for preparing meals and bring guests together for entertainment. We count on our kitchen countertops to hold up to wear and tear, withstand hot and cold items, and look amazing. When sitting down and selecting kitchen countertops, the goal is to find the best balance for your kitchen based off of your individual needs.

Kitchen Countertops that are Functional

  1. Quartz Countertop Material – Quartz provides the most functional countertop material as it is the most resistant to scratching and chipping. Quartz countertops are the most resistant to spills and stains due to its non-porous structure, and it does not need to be resealed every few years.
  2. Granite Countertop Material – Granite countertops have a very hardwearing durable surface that provides for a functional countertop surface. Granite countertops maintain their functionality  with proper care and maintenance. (Visit our post “How to Care for Granite Countertops“)
  3. Solid Surface Countertop Material – Solid surface material is highly durable but can be scratched.  Since solid surface materials are non-porous, they hold up very well to spills and stains compared to other materials. Solid surface material should not be cut on directly.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – Marble is a very dense, but soft material. The temperature of marble stays slightly cooler than the other materials listed, which makes it a great surface for food preparation with proper maintenance and care. (Visit our post on “How to Care for Marble Countertops“)

Kitchen Countertops that are Tough

  1. Granite Countertop Material- Granite countertops can withstand temperatures of up to 200°C (392°F), making them the best stone countertop material for placing hot pots and pans directly on.  Granite countertops can be cut directly on without scratching the surface.
  2. Solid Surface Countertop Material- Solid Surface countertops (specifically Corian brand)  can withstand 180°C (352°F) making them safe to place some hot pots and pans directly on. Solid surface material should not be cut on directly as the material will likely scratch.
  3. Quartz Countertop Material- Quartz materials can withstand temperatures of 160°C (320°F) making it okay to place some warm pots and pans directly on the surface without cracking. Quartz countertops are tough enough so that can be cut directly on without scratching the surface.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – We were not able to find an exact temperature at which marble will crack, but due to the soft composition of the material it is likely that hot materials.

Kitchen Countertops that are Beautiful

  1. Quartz Countertop Material – Quartz countertops come in a wide variety of colors, textures, and functionality. Since they are man-made, they can be replicated to match granite and marble stones, and even Concrete Countertops.
  2. Granite Countertop Material – Granite is a natural stone that comes in a wide variety of random colors and textures. Granite is supplied from around the world, granite materials from different regions can create different patterns, refraction and colors.
  3. Solid Surface Countertop Material – Solid surfaces material is a synthetic material made of acrylic that can be used to replicate quartz, granite, marble and more; however it usually does not have the same feel or finish as a natural or quartz countertop.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – Marble countertop material comes in very little selection of color, however the material is visually stunning and has a wide variety of natural patterns.

 

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How to Care for Marble Countertops

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Marble is a metamorphic rock, a form of limestone that has undergone long exposure to heat and pressure deep in the Earth interior core. Due to its style of creation, it carries a natural look and unique pattern of veins that contain a variety of minerals giving it a natural rich appearance. Marble is highly porous making it susceptible to acid based spills such as juices, soft drinks, oils, etc. staining the marble stone. Cleaning up spills immediately and accordingly will make the stone’s life and beauty last for a longer period of time. Avoid spills as much as possible. They can however be easily repaired and restored with processes such as honing and polishing. Proper maintenance is highly recommended.

Being classified from 1 through 4 in the MOH scale, Marble Countertops tend to scratch easier than granite. Avoid rubbing, dragging of any hard substances even small pebbles carried by paper bags may be able to damage the surface. The use of abrasive scouring cleaning powders will also tend to scratch the surface as well, they should also be avoided. Utilizing bleach, vinegar, and ammonia will damage the marble’s surface and fade its color given time and should be avoided. There are several specialized cleaning agents that are made specifically for proper marble care such as “Bullet Proof” and “Ravitalizer.” Direct food cutting against the surface is to be completely avoided. We recommend the usage of cutting boards. Moreover, marble is a high heat resistant stone, the use of heat pads, trivets and coasters is highly encouraged. Taking care of marble with these helpful tips, will certainly give your place of business or your home, a magnificent long lasting look through the years to come.


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