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Countertops Maintenance

Laminated Plastic Kitchen / Laundry Countertops

Laminate countertops are very durable. They can usually be completely cleaned with a sponge and soapy water. But even though laminate is tough as nails, it’s not indestructible. Keep these following tips in mind:

  • Don’t cut on it. Sharp metal and knives can damage it.
  • Don’t slide pans or other metal objects across it.
  • Don’t set hot pans on the surface. Always use a trivet or hot pad.
  • Avoid dyes and strong inks as well as strong bleach.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners.

Ceramic Tile Countertops

It is very important to seal your tile. Use of these commercial sealers it at your own risk. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the tee. We recommend, “soap conditioning” your tile. This will give your tile a lifetime of excellent wear. Most importantly, it will prevent your grout from becoming a cleaning problem. Here’s what to do:
  • Coat the entire surface with undiluted soap, such as a bar of Fels Naphtha soap grated and made into liquid soap. Use a soft cloth or brush. Allow drying for several hours.
  • Mix the neutral soap with warm water at the same strength normally used. Wet down the tile surface with the solution.
  • While the surface is wet, sprinkle a slight amount of scouring powder over the tiles and grout (DO NOT use a green chlorine-bleach cleanser, it will stain the grout green). Then scrub with a stiff brush.
  • Wash down the tile surface to remove the solution. Use a sponge, cloth, or squeegee. Polish surface to a sparkle with a Turkish towel.
  • Apply soap every two (2) or three days for thirty (30)days on your new tile. This is IMPORTANT.
 
For regular maintenance, wash with a damp cloth or sponge and towel dry. Occasionally wash counters with water and detergent, rinsing thoroughly.
 
IMPORTANT: Do not use acids, acid cleaners, or waxes. Grout Sealers are used at your own risk.

Granite Slab Countertops

Granite and solid surface materials do not stain easily and are less prone to scratching. The maintenance of these countertops is minimal, outside of the occasional polishing. Edges may chip if hit and is considered normal wear and tear. It is recommended to use hot pads with granite to avoid cracks.