Care & Maintenance – Discover Stone Care http://discoverstonecare.com Quality Stone Care Products Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:07:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Do I Care For My Honed, Suede or Leather Finished Counter top? http://discoverstonecare.com/how-do-i-care-for-my-honed-or-leather-finished-natural-stone http://discoverstonecare.com/how-do-i-care-for-my-honed-or-leather-finished-natural-stone#respond Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:08:54 +0000 http://discoverstonecare.com/?p=275 Read More]]>

Leather Finish – A leather finish on your granite countertop – a perfect balance between style and practicality – could be that inspired touch of individuality that really makes your kitchen remodel  stand out.

Why choose a leather finish?

If you like the idea of granite, but feel that the polished finish is too glossy for your taste, a great alternative are a leather or honed  finish.

( scroll down for more information on a honed surface) The leather finish provides subtle texture that amplifies the characterisctics of the granite and is easy to maintain.

How it looks: If you imagine the difference between a glossy photograph and a matte photograpph, that is the difference between granite with a  polished finish and granite with a leather finish. A leather finish works wonderfully on darker surfaces!

Advantages : A leather finish enhances the colors and textures in the natural stone, while achieving a higher uniformity in the surface appearance than honed. It is easy to clean, maintain and is pleasing to the touch.

Although this surface can be pretty easy to maintain  we reccomend a stain protector, cleaner that you can use for deeper cleaning of what you may not see with a darker surface. The ” Fila cleaner” will make sure to rid all of any unseen build up, germs that can occur from daily use.  A gentle essential detergent that will fully clean your surface without any damage to your stone.

Absolute Black Honed Granite

This Absolute Black- honed Surface is a classic, a great demonstration of how sucessful a white and black contract can be.

Beautiful and Sleek.

“what is a Honed Finish?

Honed means the surfcae of the stone has been ground to a smooth, flat consistent surface. For stones with a natural shine such as granite, the polish or shine is removed leaving a matte ( unpolished) surface with little or no reflection. Because the pores of honed granite are wide open a penetrating sealer for natural stone is recommended. This would be your first line of defense against dirt and stains, protecting the surface of the stone and helping make easier to keep clean.

We have a great ” Penetrating Sealer for Honed & leather Surfaces ”

Click the link for more information on the ” Fila Fob”

http://discoverstonecare.com/product/fila-fob

 

 

Cemento Silestone Suede Finish

This is a great inovative design. The Silestone Suede Finish has a remarkable look that offers a unique soft touch. The effect of pure beauty and luxury.

A luxiourious Matte Finish, beautiful color in tone without any enhancements.  This finish has a high resistance to stains and total color consistency.

The finish is perfect for countertops or tiling.

 

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Honed and Leather Finished Granite or Marble offers a unique, rustic look which complements many traditional or farmhouse styles. These stones require a bit of special care as they are more prone to marks and stains.

The first line of defense is a good penetrating sealer, this step will help prevent stains getting into the stone. A sealer goes down into the stone’s pores therefore it is important to understand that water marks may still be visible but should evaporate out of the stone.

If you want to disguise surface marks that commonly show from oil, fingerprints, water marks, etc. you may want to apply a color-enhancing sealer or a wet look sealer. These will alter the appearance of the stone, making it look darker and hiding those marks better. CAUTION: Once applied color-enhancing sealers cannot be reversed so always test in an inconspicuous area to make sure you like the look.

Shop for products for honed or leather finish granite and marble here.

If you have any questions about Honed or Leathered finishes please feel free to contact us!

 

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The last thing you want to do after finishing your kitchen or bathroom project is to cause any damage by improper care or maintenance. Following some simple precautions and using the correct cleaning products and methods will ensure you a lifetime of use from your quartz stone.

What is Quartz Stone?

Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust, after feldspar. On the MOHS scale of mineral hardness quartz is rated a 7 out of 10, only diamond, topaz and sapphire rate higher.

Quartz surfacing such as Cambria, Silestone, Caesarstone, Zodiaq by DuPont, and LG Viatera are formed using Breton technology and is comprised of 93-96% natural quartz aggregates and 4-7% color pigments and polymer resins for binding the particles together. Quartz provides natural depth and strength making it a perfect harmony of performance and beauty.

How should I care for my Quartz Counter Tops?

For all quartz surfaces we recommend daily cleaning with a neutral cleaner like Fila Brio Daily Spray Cleaner. There is no rinsing required unlike with soap and water which can leave residues on the counter which over time can cause a dull appearance from build up. Avoid harsh chemicals and anything abrasive. Quartz surfaces are non-porous and stain resistant so they do not require sealing

Exposure to extreme heat may damage quartz stone so we always recommend the use of trivets to avoid Thermal Shock.

All stone products can be damaged by force and no stone is chip-proof. Take extra care near edges and sinks to avoid objects hitting those areas as they are the areas most likely to chip. Chips can be repaired but are more visible on solid, monotone designs.

See all of the Quartz options available at www.discovermarble.com

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Purchasing natural stone is an investment in lasting beauty that will give you many years of enjoyment. Below are a few tips on how to properly care for your natural stone and help extend its life and beauty. Following some simple precautions, properly sealing, and using the correct cleaning methods and products, will provide you a lifetime of use from your natural stone.

We offer a complete Natural Stone Care Kit which is not only cost-effective but handy. It includes 4 products plus the proper applicators: A daily cleaner, sealer, stone polish and stain remover.

Sealing Your Stone

Natural stone has been formed over millions of years but improper care can ruin nature’s beauty. Although we usually think of stones as “hard”, it is a porous material that can absorb spills and stains if untreated. Sealing your stone with a quality impregnating sealer will prevent most spills from damaging your investment.

There are a wide variety of sealers available, so you need to select one for your specific needs and natural stone type. Go to our Sealers Page for all of the options. We recommend Fila MP/90 or Fila MP/90 Eco Plus for most polished finish stones. Wet Look or Color Enhancing Sealers are best suited for Honed materials.

Cleaning Procedures

Keeping your stone free of dust and dry, sandy soil will minimize the scratches and wear-patterns that can develop from everyday use of some natural stone, such as marble, limestone, and sandstone.

Sweep or dust all natural stone surfaces regularly to remove loose soil and dust.

Clean your natural stone on a regular basis with warm water and a clean, non-abrasive cloth, sponge or mop. In addition, using a neutral cleaner specially formulated for natural stone will help remove soils that normal dusting or damp mopping leave behind.

We recommend Fila Brio for daily cleaning and Fila Refresh for revitalizing and maintaining any sealer. These cleaners are developed especially for natural stone and tile care. The unique blend of neutral cleaning agents make it gentle on your stone while leaving behind an impregnating protective shield every time you clean.

Do not use general purpose cleaners or you may damage your stone or the sealer applied. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids as these may etch the stone surface and damage the polish. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

Spills and Staining

No matter how careful you are, spills are going to happen. A quick response and the right solutions can keep spills from damaging your stone or the sealer.

Etch Marks – Substances that are highly acidic, such as orange juice, coffee, vinegar, wine, tomato products, mustard and many soft drinks, will “etch” most marble, limestone, and travertine- whether the stone is sealed or unsealed. Although sealing allows you time to wipe up a spill, it cannot stop the chemical reaction that may leave a dull area or etch mark in the stone. Small etch marks may be removed using our Marble Restorer Kit.

In addition, cleaners are not specifically designed for natural stone are not recommended. These may take away the polish, discolor the surface, scratch the stone or degrade the sealer. That’s why selecting the correct cleaning products is so important to the lifetime beauty of your natural stone.

We offer quick acting stain removers for colored stains and oil based stains.
Food Spills – Scoop up the food with a plastic spoon. Blot with dry, white cloth. Spray the area with your cleaner. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Liquid Spills – Blot away the excess with a clean, dry, white cloth; turning the cloth frequently. Spray the area with your cleaner.
Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Mud – Let the mud stain dry completely. Remove dried mud with a soft plastic or nylon brush. Spray affected area with cleaner.
Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Oily Stains – If you identify the stain as having an oil base (from foods like salad and cooking oils, butter, or some cosmetics) you
may be able to remove the stain using a poultice. We recommend one of these Stain Removers. This easy-to-use poultice is designed to slowly remove oily stains from natural stone surfaces. Follow the directions on the label.

Protect Your Investment

  • Do use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol orcitrus juices.
  • Do use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
  • Do use placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects
    that may scratch your stone’s surface.
  • Do place a small rug or mat at entryways to trap dirt and sand from
    normal foot traffic.
  • Do dust countertops, islands, vanities, and floors frequently.
  • Do blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to
    the stone.
  • Do clean surfaces by wiping with clean water or spraying with
    cleaner, then wiping dry with a clean cloth.
  • Don’t use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general purpose
    cleaners.
  • Don’t use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners,
    grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
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