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The Learning Center - Long Term Care & Maintenance
Granite

Natural granites can be very porous and must be properly sealed to prevent staining and absorption of liquids. Natural stones are also susceptible to being etched by chemicals found in many commercial cleaning products. Granite and all other natural stones require cleaning products that are specifically made for the stone's unique mineral composition. For everyday cleaning Rembrandt recommends soap and water, Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It or other commercial cleaning products specifically intended for stone use.

Deterioration is the result of a chemical reaction between the granite and the chemicals used in many products to break down hard water and minerals; i.e. Windex, 409, etc. Most over-the-counter general cleaners are not specifically formulated for natural granite and may break down the seal coating and remove its protective properties. Without this protective coating, the granite becomes susceptible to stains and deterioration. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can eat away the natural granite's surface finish, or may discolor the surface. Abrasive cleaners could even scratch the stone.

Granite should be resealed on a regular basis. Usually once a year is recommended. However, the intervals between sealing will vary based with use. There is a simple visual way to determine if the granite needs to be resealed. If a spill beads-up on the granite surface, it is properly sealed. If the spill appears to darken the granite or spreads over the granite, the liquid is being absorbed into the stone and indicates it is time to reseal.

Rembrandt treats all new countertops it installs with Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It. Among other benefits Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It seals the granite surface with a penetrating coating that will not readily wash away. This sealer helps prevent staining and deterioration and should be re-applied periodically, as the stone looses its ability to repel liquids. Should the granite need to be resealed, Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It can be applied by the user or Rembrandt can provide a technician to do the work. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is available for purchase through Rembrandt or at www.stone-wizard.com.

Should you experience any damage to your countertop, call Rembrandt. Rembrandt has a highly trained and skilled restoration and repair staff that may be able to correct the problem.

Daily Cleaning & Sealing

Clean daily using soap and water or a specialty product for stone, such as Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It. Use Gran-It Clean-It full strength on the cooking and eating areas. Use it diluted in a proportion of 1:1 with water in lighter duty areas. Use Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It as needed to reseal, brighten, and rejuvenate your countertop. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is rated "food-grade". Rembrandt offers Stone Wizard's products. Contact sales@rembrandtcountertops.com to place an order.
Engineered Stone

Engineered Stone requires simple and routine care to maintain. For everyday cleaning Rembrandt recommends soap and water, Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It or other commercial cleaning products specifically intended for stone use.

Because quartz is impervious to stains, it will withstand daily exposure to spills in a kitchen environment. Just wipe and the surface is like new again. Unlike granite, Engineered Stone does not need to be re-sealed, making it a maintenance free surface. Most of the Engineered Stone brands have a "Care & Maintenance" section on their web site. For specific cleaning recommendations, consult your countertop brand's web site.

In general, any multipurpose non-abrasive cleaner or detergent can be used on stubborn stains and dried spills. For extra-stubborn spills carefully use a 3M white scouring pad to remove the spill residue. Cleaning liquids like bleach are also good for removing stubborn stains. Always test a small inconspicuous area of the countertop to make sure that there are no adverse chemical reactions to the Engineered Stone.

To remove non-soluble adhered materials, carefully scrape away the excess with a sharp blade. If there are any gray metal marks remaining on the surface, use a regular cleaning agent to remove it. Finally, wash and rinse the surface in with soap and water.

Engineered Stone can tolerate moderately hot temperatures for brief periods of time without being damaged. However, avoid direct contact with very hot pots, even for a brief period of time. If the heat from a pot is allowed to transfer into the quartz top the resin binder and quartz crystals could be damaged. This can create a crackling appearance or a hazy dull spot. This damage can NOT be repaired. Therefore, always use a trivet under any hot object.

There are several engineered stone products that come in a honed finish. A honed finish will require more daily maintenance than polished finishes. Honed finishes will show more metal marks, finger prints and other signs of daily use. Most of these marks can be easily removed with little effort with cleaning products such as a white Scotch Bright pad or Windex. For tough stains, use Softscrub with bleach. CAUTION: Before using a white Scotch Bright pad or Windex, always test a small inconspicuous area of the countertop to make sure that there are no adverse chemical reactions to the Engineered Stone.

As with any surface, Engineered Stone can be permanently damaged by exposure to strong chemicals and solvents that undermine its physical properties. Do not use products that contain trichlorethane or methylene chloride, such as paint removers or strippers. Avoid any highly aggressive cleaning agents like oven/grill cleaner that have high alkaline/PH levels.

Should your surface accidentally be exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse immediately with water to neutralize the effect, then call Rembrandt. Rembrandt has a highly trained and skilled restoration and repair staff that may be able to correct the problem.

Daily Cleaning & Sealing

Clean daily using soap and water or a specialty product for stone, such as Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It. Use Gran-It Clean-It full strength on the cooking and eating areas. Use it diluted in a proportion of 1:1 with water in lighter duty areas.

Use Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It as needed to reseal, brighten, and rejuvenate your countertop. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is rated "food-grade." Rembrandt offers Stone Wizard's products. Contact sales@rembrandtcountertops.com to place an order.

Solid Surface

Solid Surface requires simple and routine care to maintain. For everyday cleaning Rembrandt recommends soap and water, vinegar and water, ammonia based liquid cleaners (glass cleaner), and most conventional non-abrasive household or industrial cleaners. The cleaning liquid depends on the mineral and dissolved solid content of the water. As water quality and hardness varies greatly, it is up to the individual user to determine what works best.

There are several Do's and Don'ts on follow. Use soap and water, vinegar and water, ammonia based liquid cleaners (glass cleaner), and most conventional non-abrasive household or industrial cleaners. Use of abrasive cleaners like Ajax® or Soft Scrub® will dull the surface finish and in general is Not recommended. Depending on the color of the countertop, the dulling of the surface may not be noticeable. The darker the color of the countertop the more visible the dulling of the finish will become.

NEVER pour boiling water, ice or ice water on the countertop. Before pouring boiling water into the sink, turn on the cold tap water. AVOID harsh chemicals such as bleach, drain cleaners and paint removers. Cleaners containing bleach will whiten any solid surface if left on the product for more than 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water, after use.

AVOID sliding hard or rough bottom objects across any surfaces as they may scuff or scratch the countertop. Should superficial scuffs and scratches occur, they can usually be removed by the user. If the surface finish is Rembrandt's Standard High Satin finish, use 000 steel wool to buff out the scuffed area. The steel wool should restore the damaged area to the original finish. If there is a visible difference in the finish of the repaired area and the balance of the countertop, the entire top may have to be re-sanded. Also, sandpaper will remove deeper scratches. In either case, Call Rembrandt for instructions. WARNING! Excessive sanding in one area can cause low spots in the solid surface.

Most of the Solid Surface brands have a "Care & Maintenance" section on their web site. For specific cleaning recommendations, consult your countertop's brand's web site.

Should you experience any damage to your countertop, call Rembrandt. Rembrandt has a highly trained and skilled restoration and repair staff that may be able to correct the problem.

Daily Cleaning & SealingClean daily using soap and water or a specialty product for stone, such as Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It. Use Gran-It Clean-It full strength on the cooking and eating areas. Use it diluted in a proportion of 1:1 with water in lighter duty areas.

Use Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It as needed to reseal, brighten, and rejuvenate your countertop. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is rated "food-grade." Rembrandt offers Stone Wizard's products. Contact sales@rembrandtcountertops.com to place an order.

Marble

Polished marble, travertine, onyx, limestone, etc. are all calcite-based stones and, as such, are affected by pH active liquids, mostly acidic in nature. In layman language, when some acidic liquid hits a polished marble, travertine etc., it Etches the surface. That is, it alters the surface finish of the stone. Such surface damage has nothing to do with the absorbency rate of the stone, but exclusively with the chemical makeup of the particular stone.

For marble and all other natural stones require cleaning products that are specifically made for the stone's unique mineral composition. For everyday cleaning Rembrandt recommends soap and water, Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It or other commercial cleaning products specifically intended for marble use.

Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface. Trying to remove the etched marks would be a useless exercise since it is NOT a stain! The only thing that will bring the surface back to it's original beauty is to professionally re-polish the stone. Most etch marks can be polished out by Rembrandt using a polishing compound.

Do not use regular glass cleaner on or near your stone, as over-spray, left unattended, could damage your top. Use Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It spray cleaner. Do not use any abrasive or powder cleanser or cream cleanser like "Soft Scrub"! Do not do your nails or your perm over unprotected marble. Keep shaving cream, perfume, wet bottles, make up, nail polish remover, etc., in a mirror tray. Make sure anything that sits permanently on the marble surface has felt bottoms.

Deterioration is the result of a chemical reaction between the marble and the chemicals used in many products to break down hard water and minerals; i.e. Windex, 409, etc. Most over-the-counter general cleaners are not specifically formulated for marble and may break down the seal coating and remove its protective properties. Without this protective coating, the marble becomes susceptible to stains and deterioration. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can eat away the natural marble's surface finish, or may discolor the surface. Abrasive cleaners could even scratch the stone.

Marble should be resealed on a regular basis. Usually once a year is recommended. However, the intervals between sealing will vary based with use. There is a simple visual way to determine if the marble needs to be resealed. If a spill beads-up on the marble surface, it is properly sealed. If the spill appears to darken the marble or spreads over the marble, the liquid is being absorbed into the stone and indicates it is time to reseal.

Rembrandt treats all new countertops it installs with Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It. Among other benefits Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It seals the stone's surface with a penetrating coating that will not readily wash away. This sealer helps prevent staining and deterioration and should be re-applied periodically, as the stone looses its ability to repel liquids. Should the marble need to be resealed, Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It can be applied by the user or Rembrandt can provide a technician to do the work. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is available for purchase through Rembrandt or at www.Stone-Wizard.com.

Should you experience any damage to your countertop, call Rembrandt. Rembrandt has a highly trained and skilled restoration and repair staff that may be able to correct the problem.

Daily Cleaning & SealingClean daily using soap and water or a specialty product for stone, such as Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It. Use Gran-It Clean-It full strength on the cooking and eating areas. Use it diluted in a proportion of 1:1 with water in lighter duty areas.

Use Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It as needed to reseal, brighten, and rejuvenate your countertop. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is rated "food-grade." Rembrandt offers Stone Wizard's products. Contact sales@rembrandtcountertops.com to place an order.

Limestone & Travertine

Polished marble, travertine, onyx, limestone, etc. are all calcite-based stones and, as such, are affected by pH active liquids, mostly acidic in nature. In layman language, when some acidic liquid hits a polished marble, travertine etc., it Etches the surface. That is, it alters the surface finish of the stone. Such surface damage has nothing to do with the absorbency rate of the stone, but exclusively with the chemical makeup of the particular stone.

For travertine, limestone and all other natural stones require cleaning products that are specifically made for the stone's unique mineral composition. For everyday cleaning Rembrandt recommends soap and water, Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It or other commercial cleaning products specifically intended for travertine or limestone use.

Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface. Trying to remove the etched marks would be a useless exercise since it is NOT a stain! The only thing that will bring the surface back to it's original beauty is to professionally re-polish the stone. Most etch marks can be polished out by Rembrandt using a polishing compound.

Do not use regular glass cleaner on or near your stone, as over-spray, left unattended, could damage your top. Use Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It spray cleaner. Do not use any abrasive or powder cleanser or cream cleanser like "Soft Scrub"! Do not do your nails or your perm over unprotected marble. Keep shaving cream, perfume, wet bottles, make up, nail polish remover, etc., in a mirror tray. Make sure anything that sits permanently on the limestone or travertine surface has felt bottoms.

Deterioration is the result of a chemical reaction between the limestone or travertine and the chemicals used in many products to break down hard water and minerals; i.e. Windex, 409, etc. Most over-the-counter general cleaners are not specifically formulated for limestone or travertine and may break down the seal coating and remove its protective properties. Without this protective coating, the limestone or travertine becomes susceptible to stains and deterioration. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can eat away the natural limestone's or travertine's surface finish, or may discolor the surface. Abrasive cleaners could even scratch the stone.

Marble should be resealed on a regular basis. Usually once a year is recommended. However, the intervals between sealing will vary based with use. There is a simple visual way to determine if the marble needs to be resealed. If a spill beads-up on the marble surface, it is properly sealed. If the spill appears to darken the limestone or travertine or spreads over the stone, the liquid is being absorbed into the stone and indicates it is time to reseal.

Rembrandt treats all new countertops it installs with Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It. Among other benefits Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It seals the stone's surface with a penetrating coating that will not readily wash away. This sealer helps prevent staining and deterioration and should be re-applied periodically, as the stone looses its ability to repel liquids. Should the limestone or travertine need to be resealed, Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It can be applied by the user or Rembrandt can provide a technician to do the work. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is available for purchase through Rembrandt or at www.Stone-Wizard.com.

Should you experience any damage to your countertop, call Rembrandt. Rembrandt has a highly trained and skilled restoration and repair staff that may be able to correct the problem.

Daily Cleaning & SealingClean daily using soap and water or a specialty product for stone, such as Stone Wizard's Gran-It Clean-It. Use Gran-It Clean-It full strength on the cooking and eating areas. Use it diluted in a proportion of 1:1 with water in lighter duty areas.

Use Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It as needed to reseal, brighten, and rejuvenate your countertop. Stone Wizard's Gran-It Seal-It is rated "food-grade." Rembrandt offers Stone Wizard's products. Contact sales@rembrandtcountertops.com to place an order.

Recycled Glass & Cement

Recycled glass can be very porous. Sealers fill in pores and repel spills on the surface, giving the user time to wipe away spills before they penetrate the recycled glass. Therefore, recycled glass demands cleaning products that are specifically made for its unique mineral composition. For everyday cleaning Rembrandt recommends soap and water or other commercial cleaning products specifically intended for stone use. Rembrandt treats the countertop surface with Revive-It. Among other benefits Revive-It seals the recycled glass surface with a penetrating coating. This will help to prevent staining and deterioration.

Deterioration is the result of a chemical reaction between the recycled glass and the chemicals used in many products to break down hard water, minerals; i.e. Windex, 409, etc. Most over the counter general cleaners are not specifically formulated for recycled glass and will break down the seal coating and remove its protective properties. Without this protective coating the recycled glass becomes susceptible to stains and deterioration. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can eat away the Recycled Glass surface finish, discolor the surface, or even scratch the recycled glass.

Recycled Glass should be re-sealed on a regular basis, usually once a year. However, the intervals between sealing will vary based on use. If a spill beads up on the recycled glass surface, it is properly sealed. If the spill appears to darken the recycled glass or spreads over the recycled glass, is it being absorbed into the stone and indicates it is time to re-seal the recycled glass. Revive-It can be applied by the user or Rembrandt can provide a technician to do the work. Revive-It is available for purchase through Rembrandt or at www.stone-wizard.com
 
 
 
 
 
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