Care & Cleaning of Your Kitchen-Bathroom Cabinets
From regular dusting to cleaning splatters and spills, you can help maintain the beauty of your cabinets by following these recommendations.
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water.
After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth.
Cleaning Products to Avoid
The following cleaning products are to be avoided as damage may occur:
• Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder, scouring pads, steel wool or self polishing waxes.
• Sponges or dish cloths. They may contain particles that could scratch your cabinets, or they may contain food and oil residue or remnants of harsh cleaning solutions.
• Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits, nail-polish removers or paint thinners.
• Ammonia or cleaning products that include ammonia.
• Bleach or cleaning products that include bleach.
• Silicone-based cleaning, waxing, or polishing products.
Splatters and Spills
Clean spills and splatters immediately. Prolonged exposure to spills, including food, water or other liquids, or to oil and grease splatters, can cause permanent discoloration or damage to your cabinet’s finish.
Use a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth for regular dusting.
Packaged dusting sheets are not required or recommended. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets, and do not use aerosol products made for dusting.
Waxing and Polishing
Waxing is not required or recommended. Over time, waxing and polishing compounds may build up on the surface of your cabinets and cause a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. This wax build-up is very difficult to remove.
Cleaning Glass Doors
Extra care is required when cleaning glass doors. Spray an ammonia-free glass cleaner on a clean, soft, lint-free cloth or paper towel. Do not spray cleaner directly on the glass. It could seep behind the window dividers and cause damage.
Avoid Moisture Damage
Avoid draping damp clothes or dishtowels over cabinet doors. This moisture can cause permanent damage — such as peeling and discoloration — to the cabinet’s finish.
Avoid Heat Damage
The heat generated when using an oven’s self-cleaning feature is much greater than during normal cooking. If this heat escapes from the oven, it can damage your cabinets. While this is a rare circumstance, you can minimize the risk of cabinet damage by removing cabinet doors and drawers nearest the oven before using its self-cleaning feature.
Avoid Light Damage
Exposure to direct sunlight tends to darken the color of natural wood products. Sunlight can also fade painted wood surfaces, laminated surfaces and thermofoil surfaces. You should consider draperies or blinds to shield your cabinets from direct sunlight.
How to Care for Your Granite Kitchen Countertop
Granite is a beautiful and tough stone that is ideal for kitchen countertops because of its durability and its scratch and heat resistance. However, there are a few measures you should take to ensure that your granite kitchen countertop keeps looking great and lasts a long time.
Cleaning Granite Kitchen Countertops
To clean your granite kitchen countertop, use a soft cloth or sponge with just water, or if necessary, some mild dish soap and warm water, to wipe down the surface. Avoid using dish soap too often, however, as it can leave buildup on your countertop over time and make the finish look dull. A better option would be to use a pH-neutral stone soap which is specially designed to clean these types of counters. Don’t use any harsh chemicals on your granite countertops as they could damage the surface.
Sealing Granite Kitchen Countertops
Granite countertops need to be sealed every so often to prevent liquids from penetrating the granite and leaving stains. You can determine whether your countertop needs to be sealed by observing whether water that is on the surface of your countertop either beads up or soaks into the granite after sitting on the counter for several minutes. If it soaks in, it’s time to reseal. Follow the instructions for your sealer product. You will probably need to do two applications, with at least two hours in between. Allow the sealer to dry completely before testing again to see if the sealing is sufficient.
Granite Kitchen Countertop Maintenance
Although granite countertops are heat resistant, it is still a good idea to still use hot pads or trivets when you set a hot pan on your kitchen countertop. The same goes for scratch protection; even though granite countertops are resistant to scratches, you will also want to make sure you use a cutting board to avoid the surface getting scratched up by sharp utensils – and to keep your knives from dulling too quickly. Make sure that you wipe up any spills right away, as certain acidic liquids like coffee or tomato sauce could still stain the surface if left on there too long.
Maintaining your Quartz Counter tops
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Quartz surfaces are composed of about 93% quartz, one of the hardest minerals found in nature. Thus, the Quartz is substantially harder than granite and highly resistant to scratches. Consequently, most granite must be periodically sealed and maintained with proper care. However, Quartz requires no sealing and outperforms the product as a scratch resistant, which provides many years of its beauty and durability.
Quartz is highly resistant to heat damage. Normal exposure to temperatures associated with cooking would not damage it. You should always use a hot pad or a trivet to protect the surface from heated cookware.
Quartz is a non-porous product. It is highly resistant to bacterial growth and stains such as red wine, cooking oil, and other spills. Thus, making the product virtually maintenance free, since, it doesn’t require sealing or periodic polishing.
EASY ROUTINE CARE
Although we say that the Quartz is virtually maintenance-free and highly scratch resistant, excessive force or pressure can harm its finish. Considering the beauty and its superb characteristics, small amount of care and maintenance will keep the Quartz countertop look as great as the day you bought it for years to come with proper care. You could simply wipe the top with warm water and a pH-neutral or non-abrasive cleaner, and rinse the top with clean water
Quartz available in many different colours and patterns. The production process for Quartz offers a very consistent and reliable colour and uniform texture throughout the countertop. The base colour of quartz can change slightly. It is wise to view the current Die Lot if an exact colour hue is required .
With a small amount of care and maintenance Quartz surfaces will continue to look as good as the day they were installed.
• Never use cleansers that contain bleach or an abrasive formula.
• Do not allow caustic chemicals to come in contact with the surface.
• Always protect the surface by using a trivet or a hot pad before placing heated objects on the surface.
• Always use a cutting board.
Quartz is structurally more resistant to heat damage than natural stone and low-quality quartz surfaces. However, excessive heat may cause damage. Always use a hot pad or a trivet when placing a hot cooking pan or other cooking units on the surface.
Avoid contact with paint, drain cleaners, oven cleaners and other caustic chemicals. Such chemicals may damage the surface permanently. Keep nail polish remover, bleach, markers, inks and oil-based soaps away from your quartz surfaces.