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Home Care Guide

 

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS

DAILY CLEANING:

Use mild dish soap and water along with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. Wring out excess water, (granite can be stained by standing water), and wipe the entire surface. To prevent water damage and streaking, dry the countertop with paper towel or a soft cloth.

COUNTER POLISH: use a reputable counter polish if you desire to increase the luster of the countertop.

DO NOT USE:

Avoid the items below, they can etch and dull the finish of your granite. They can also wear away your sealer over time.

• Household acids including vinegar, lemon, lime, and citrus

• Ammonia or ammonia-based cleaners like Windex

• Bleach

• Steel wool

• Scrubby sponges

 

HARDWOOD FLOORS

Giving your floors a good dusting with a microfiber mop or cloth will be your best daily defense against scratches and surface damage. Microfiber cleaning pads often use static electricity to trap dirt, particles, and other household allergens. 

Avoid using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners, wax, or steam cleaners on hardwood floors. Vinegar and water can dull the floor’s finish over time, while soap and wax leave a residue. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor, which can lead to cupping and long-term damage. 

 

PORCELAIN TILE

Porcelain is extremely stain resistant, but as a rule, all spills should be removed as quickly as possible, including staining agents, acids, alkalis & colorants.

Always rinse thoroughly with water & dry immediately after cleaning

DAILY CLEANING: Use a slightly damp microfiber cloth.

REGULAR CLEANING: Use a neutral liquid detergent with a microfiber cloth or soft sponge.

STUBBORN SPOTS: Always test on a small, inconspicuous area first. Rinse thoroughly with water & dry immediately after

cleaning. Use a slightly abrasive sponge and one of the recommended stain removers when necessary:

• Mild Dish Soap

• Mr. Clean

• Neutral Floor Cleaner

• 409

• Spic and Span

• Fantastic

• Windex

• Lysol

• Soft Scrub

• Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

• Bar Keepers Friend

DO NOT USE: Do not use steel wool, this will leave metal marks on the surface. While you should avoid cutting on the surface altogether, do not use ceramic knives on your porcelain countertops.

 

MARMOLEUM FLOORING

Clean with mild soap and water using a mop.

STAINLESS STEEL + BRASS

 

Clean surfaces with a mild cleaner such as dish liquid. Always use a cotton cloth. After surfaces are dry, use a reputable stainless steel polish or brass polish.

  • Stainless steel polish recommendation: Sheila Shine

  • Brass recommendation: Never Dull

Do not use abrasive applicators such as Scotch Brite or microfiber towels.

QUARTZ

Quartz is designed to be a very low maintenance and durable surface that is not easily damaged. Keep yours looking new by following the care & maintenance instructions below:

DAILY CLEANING: As needed, simply wipe down your quartz surfaces with a damp cloth and dry completely to avoid water spots.

STUBBORN SPOTS: While quartz is non-porous and will not stain, sometimes stubborn spots can linger longer than you would like, especially with white and lighter colors. In order to get rid of these spots, use a soft cloth, sponge and a non-abrasive cleaner, such as Soft Scrub Liquid Gel. Apply cleaner to cloth or sponge, not directly to your quartz surface, and wipe the surface. Repeat until you have removed the spot. Thoroughly rinse the surface and wipe dry to prevent water spots.

GREASE SPOTS:

Wipe grease spots with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and wipe the spot. Repeat as necessary until desired results have been achieved. Always follow with cleaning using mild soap or detergent as outlined above, then thoroughly rinse with cool water and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.

RECOMMENDED CLEANING PRODUCTS: While we are partial to our Pristine Clean, there are a variety of other products that are safe to use on your quartz countertops. Please avoid selecting a variation of the products listed below, as not all products are created the same and certain variations may include harmful chemicals or additives that could damage your quartz.

DO NOT USE:

NEVER USE any of the following to clean your quartz counter. The list below is intended to be illustrative, not comprehensive. If a cleaning agent, tool or technique is not explicitly suggested in the cleaning methods section above, it is NOT recommended for your quartz counter.

• Abrasive cleaning pads such as Scotch Brite or the equivalent (any color).

• Magic Erasers or equivalent melamine sponges.

• Steel wool, SOS, Brillo, etc.

• High-acid cleaners such as tub & tile cleaner, mold remover, rust & hard water stain removers, toilet bowl cleaner, drain cleaner, etc.

• Powdered oxalic acid (e.g. Bar Keeper’s Friend)

• Alkaline cleaners such as bleach, ammonia, oven cleaner, etc.

• Oil soaps

 

CABINETRY

Wipe cabinets down with a cotton cloth and water mixed with a mild cleaner, such as dish soap.

DO NOT USE abrasive clothes or chemicals on painted or wood cabinet surfaces.

SHOWER GLASS

  • Use Rain-X® or Lemon Oil on the inside of the glass to help prevent water spotting between cleanings

  • Mile abrasives may be used on the glass to remove lime or rust buildup

  • Use a squeegee after each use to remove standing water