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January 05 2021 - Kitchen Tips & Tricks

Maintain your stone surface’s beauty

ON A DAILY BASIS For all Surfaces

Whether it be for natural stones (granite, marble, quartzite, soapstone) or for quartz & ultra-compact surfaces, you need very little to maintain your surface’s beauty.

The important is to remember NOT to use the same cloth for your counters than the one used to wash your dishes, as well as avoid using the dirty water to wipe the counters down. By doing so, you will avoid greasy residue build-up, which create over time a film on the surface of the stone. Now that you know the secret for a successful daily cleaning, here are a few expert tips to address the tough stains per material type :

 

Tough Stains &

GRANITE

TO SEAL OR NOT TO SEAL – that is the question

If you chose a granite that has our GDGuard™ long-lasting treatment, your surface will be protected against food & beverage stains and covered with a 15-year warranty. You therefore do not need to reapply a sealer after installation. If this is not the case, we recommend to apply a sealer every 6 to 12 months or as needed. You can purchase our professional impregnator by contacting our team at 1-877-373-7111.

YOU NOTICE A STAIN ON YOUR SURFACE – what should you do?

WINE : using a Q-Tip, apply a few drops of acetone (dark stone) or peroxide (light stones). Let sit 1 minute. Rinse, dry with clean soft cloth.

OILS & FATS : mix baking soda or a cleaning poultice powder with water. Spread on stain, about 1/4 inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and seal edges with green tape. Leave on for 24 to 48 hours. If stain disappears, apply a sealer. If stain persists, you can repeat the process, or contact our experts.

ORGANIC SOURCES (coffee, fruit, etc.): mix rubbing alcohol & water (concentration 1 : 20) in a spray bottle. Spray the area, let sit 2 to 5 minutes, and follow with daily cleaning. If stain persists, use the method for oils  & fats.

METALLIC SOURCES (rust, limestone caused by hard water, etc.): use the method for oils & fats, but make sure to use the cleaning poultice powder and water (ex.: Iron Out).

AVOID : any abrasive or acid products. Do not use wax or any other polishing products.

Tough Stains &

QUARTZ

TO SEAL OR NOT TO SEAL  – that is the question 

NEVER use any sealer or polishing product.

YOU NOTICE A STAIN ON YOUR SURFACE – what should you do?

ORGANIC SOURCES  (wine, food colouring, spices, coffee, etc.)spray the surface with Vim ActiFizz. Let sit 1 minute, rinse and dry surface completely with clean microfibre cloth.

METALLIC SOURCES (belt buckle scuffs, pots & pan markings, etc.) : use a white latex eraser. Follow with daily cleaning.

LIMESTONE (hard water stains): moisten sponge with vinegar, scrub stain & rinse. If stain persists, use a small quantity of limestone remover (ex.: CLR). Let sit 1 minute. Rinse abundantly and dry completely.

OILS & FATS : apply using a soft sponge some Vim Cream WITHOUT SCRUBBING and let sit 2 minutes. Softly remove using a humid sponge until the stain disappears. Rinse and dry completely.

SILICONE : use a new blade and softly scrub the area to remove excess silicone. Using a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol, remove residues. Rinse abundantly and dry completely.

AVOID : metal scrubbing pads, degreasing agents, exposure to chlorine-based products, to products with hydrofluoric acid, oven cleaners, nail polish remover or any other product with pH levels superior to 10. Avoid exposure to prolongued heat & UV rays.

Tough Stains &

MARBLE & QUARTZITE

TO SEAL OR NOT TO SEAL – that is the question

For quartzite, if you chose a stone that has our GDGuard™ long-lasting treatment, your surface will be protected against food & beverage stains and covered with a 15-year warranty. You therefore do not need to reapply a sealer after installation. For marbles, even though the treatment will not be under warranty, it will help increase the marble’s resistance to food & beverage stains. You still need to wipe any spills as fast as possible with this material.

YOU NOTICE A STAIN ON YOUR SURFACE – what should you do?

WINE : using a Q-Tip, apply a few drops of acetone (dark stone) or peroxide (light stones). Let sit 1 minute. Rinse, dry with clean soft cloth.*

OILS & FATS : mix baking soda with water. Spread on stain, about 1/4 inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and seal edges with green tape. Leave on for 24 to 48 hours. If stain disappears, apply a sealer. If stain persists, you can repeat the process, or contact our experts.*

AVOID: any abrasive or acid product, vinegars, bleach, as well as any item that may scratch the surface.

*CAUTION: for polished surfaces, performing these actions may alter the surface’s finish and create an etching effect. Repolishing may be required.

Tough Stains &

ULTRA-COMPACT SURFACES

TO SEAL OR NOT TO SEAL – that is the question

NEVER use any sealer or polishing product.

YOU NOTICE A STAIN ON YOUR SURFACE – what should you do?

ORGANIC SOURCES (wine, food colouring, spices, coffee, etc.) : spray the surface with Vim ActiFizz. Let sit 1 minute, rinse then dry with clean microfibre cloth.

METALLIC SOURCES (belt buckle scuffing, pots & pan markings, etc.): use an acid cleaning product (with low pH or descaling agent).

LIMESTONE (hard water stains): moisten sponge with vinegar, scrub stain & rinse. If stain persists, use a small quantity of limestone remover (ex.: CLR). Let sit for 1 minute. Rinse abundantly and dry completely.

OILS & FATS: use an alkaline cleaning product (basic cleaning agents, ammonia, etc.)

SILICONE : use a new blad and remove the excess slowly. Apply alcohol to a cloth and rub. Rinse abundantly and dry completely.

AVOID : shocks in certain sensitive areas (corners, edge profiles, around sink), direct contact with metal elements (grills, etc.), metal scrubbing sponges, direct contact with fire.

If you have any questions, feel free to chat online with our agents! They can assist you, or guide you through our after-sale service call process!