How to Maintain Your Interior Finishes

//How to Maintain Your Interior Finishes
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Cultured Marble

Cultured marble products are made of a mixture of crushed marble and high-strength polyester resins, molded and polished to form a strong durable finish.  They are, however, not heat-, scratch- or stain-proof.  Use a mixture of hot and cold water in the sinks.  Running hot water only may cause cracking around the drain.

Use only mild liquid cleaners on a soft sponge to clean your cultured marble tops.  Do not use any type of abrasive cleanser as it will cause scratching and dulling.  use a good spray or paste wax to keep a shine on your cultured marble.

Solid Surface Types

If your home has solid surface kitchen countertops, use a damp cloth or sponge and mild detergents or general purpose cleaners such as Mr. Clean or LexToil.  It is helpful to periodically clean the entire surface with an abrasive cleaner or a wet Scotch Brite pad (if it is a matte finish) to maintain a uniform appearance.  If you have a matt finish, abrasive cleaners such as Ajax or Comet also may be used. Strong cleaners such as drain cleaner, Iye, muriatic acid, lacquer thinner, oven cleaner, paint remover, metal cleaner, and rust remover are examples of damaging chemicals that should NOT be used.

If troublesome spills such as food dye, tea and fruit drinks stain the top, they can be removed by applying full strength bleach for two to five minutes, followed by a general cleaner and flush with water.  Nicotine stains or scorch marks from a lit cigarette can be removed by using an abrasive cleaner or Scotch Brite pad if you have a matte finish.

High temperature appliances such as crock pots, electric fry pans, etc. should always have a heat resistant pad or trivet under them.  Do not transfer hot pots or pans directly from the burner or oven to your solid surface.

Granite Surface Tops

Granite is made of natural materials that may react adversely to cleaning chemicals and acids not intended for stone care.  Particular varieties of natural stone (limestone and marble) consist mainly of calcium carbonate and are extremely sensitive to acid.  This is the reason why fruit juices, wine, and harsh chemicals must be removed from the surface of the stone immediately.

Care and Maintenance:

  • Dust surfaces frequently
  • Clean surfaces with specially formulated granite cleaner
  • Throughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
  • Blot up spills immediately