Tips For all Counter Tops
Clean up spills promptly to avoid staining. Never use your countertop as a cutting board. Avoid harsh cleaners. Protect your surface from heat & high temperatures (ex: hot pan, crock pot)
Laminate Counter Tops
In most cases, a simple solution of warm water and liquid dish detergent is all that should be required to maintain your laminate countertops. Give them a quick daily wipe down after you finish the dishes.
Most stains are easily removed with a non-abrasive household cleaner (such as Fantastik, Glass Plus or Windex). DO NOT USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS as they can scratch or discolour your surface.
If you have a stubborn stain you can make a paste using a small amount of baking soda and a few drops of water. Apply it with a soft bristled brush. Gently scrub away the stain. Do not scrub excessively as it will remove or damage the finish of your beautiful laminate.
Caring for your solid surface is relatively easy. Soapy water or ammonia-based cleaners (such as Windex) will remove most dirt and stains from your countertop. However, there are certain techniques that should be used to remove the more difficult stains.
Although your solid surface is quite resistant to heat, you should always use a hot pad or trivet with rubber feet to protect your countertop. Beware of the heat generating appliances that are also used in your home (ex: fryers, steamers etc…). These appliances should not be placed directly on your solid surface countertop as it may cause damage to the surface.
Stains & Blemishes
As with any high-use product, your countertop can be subject to nicks, scratches and cuts. The benefit of this product being solid all the way through is that these blemishes are easy to remove and renew your countertop back to it’s original state.
At Home Treatment
Most minor scratches can be buffed out using a light abrasive cleaner and a Scotch-Brite pad. If this is not doing the trick, you may try sanding the area with a fine 400-grit sand paper (be sure it’s wet/dry paper). Wet the surface before you begin and only sand by hand.
If none of these options are working for you, or if you have any questions or concerns, our team would be happy to assist you. Just give us a call! 519-326-4014.
DO NOT cut directly on your solid surface. AVOID exposing strong chemicals such as paint removers or oven cleaners, acetone nail polish remover etc… to your countertop. If contact does happen, flush with water immediately.
Quartz & Stone
As with other types of countertops, quartz and stone can most often be cleaned simply by using mild soapy water. Doing this on a daily basis should keep your countertops looking like new. If buildup occurs, scrape off dried on food with a small putty knife. Using care to be gentle and only remove the buildup.
A couple of safe options for tough stains are:
Rubbing Alcohol: This can be applied to the stain if soap and water are not cutting it, make sure to rinse the counter after.
Goo Gone: Apply Goo Gone directly to the surface, allow to sit for a few min before wiping and rinse with water once complete.
NEVER use bleach on your quartz or stone. Be sure to check your cleaning supplies for bleach in the ingredients. This includes disinfecting wipes (check your labels).