Care & Maintenance
Congratulations on your new granite countertop or cabinet purchase. Granite countertops and cabinets are a significant investment in your home, so take care of them in a proper manner.
Below are some helpful tips and recommendations that will help you keep you cabinets and countertops brand new.
Granite countertops are one of the easiest counter top surfaces to take care of. So take care of your countertops and they will be an investment you will be proud to have in your home and a major selling point if you ever decide to move. Granite is a beautiful stone that will last for a very long time perhaps even a lifetime, if cared for correctly.
It is recommended that you clean your granite countertops with both mild soap (diluted Palmolive, Ivory, and etc.) and water or a cleaner specifically made for stone surfaces. Do not use a windex/glass cleaner. Granite is a natural product and we recommend not using much chemical on the surface. Granite does not harbor bacteria and is the second cleanest material next to stainless steel.
Our installer will clean and seal all surfaces after installation. Sometimes the granite does not look shinny right after the sealing. It might take couple weeks before it will shine up again. In the meantime, wipe the surface with a wet cloth (just water). It is recommended that you re-seal the granite at least once a year.
Granite is highly stain resistant; however, it is recommended that you wipe such substances off such as oil, grease, and juices in a timely manner. Otherwise, those substances may darken your granite.
Pots and pans taken directly from your oven or stove top can be placed directly onto granite. Burning or marring will not occur.
Under normal use of kitchen granite countertop, the granite should not scratch. We do not recommend cutting on the granite. Please use a regular cutting board.
Just use water, dish soap, and paper towel to do daily cleaning.
Congratulations on your cabinet purchase. Kitchen is always a conversation area and the busiest traffic area. With new beautiful cabinets, your kitchen will attract you and your guests want to stay there more. In order to keep the cabinet beautiful and last longer, a routine care and maintenance will be required.
Use a new clean damp (slightly wet) cloth to clean the surface and dry immediately with another new clean cloth. We recommend using Murphy oil soap to clean the cabinet door surface. Or you may go to Home Depot or any hardware store to buy any commercial cleaning polish. Make sure the polish does not contain silicone, petroleum or wax and follow manufacturing application for the cabinet. As for the interior of the cabinet, wipe with another clean cloth and dry immediately.
To keep the cabinet in the best shape and beauty, weekly or monthly cleaning is necessary. For regular cleaning, you could use a damp (slightly wet) cloth. To remove oil, grease, food residue or spills, we recommend using Murphy oil soap. Make sure you use a separate cloth for cabinet cleaning. Do not use your dishcloth or other kitchen cleaning cloth because remnants (left over) from the dirty cloth such as detergents and grease can have a harmful effect on natural wood finish.
Avoid Exposure to Harsh Cleaners
DO NOT USE any cleaning product which contains bleach, ammonia, citrus products (including orange and lemon), organic solvents, harsh detergents or cleansers or self polishing waxes. Harsh cleaners can damage the finish of your cabinetry.
Wipe Spills Promptly
Many substances become difficult to remove and may stain or cause other damage upon prolonged contact. If a spill occurs, wipe it promptly with a damp cloth or sponge and dry the surface immediately. Use a blotting action rather than a wiping action to remove the substance.
Avoid excessive moisture and extremes hot temperature
Extreme in hot temperature and humidity can cause natural wood to contract and expand. No draping dishtowels over the sink base door or steaming coffee or rice maker onto the cabinet surface.
Especially living in Arizona, we experience extreme hot and dry temperature. Make sure the kitchen cabinet and vanity are installed for indoor use. Keep the cabinet in room temperature all year long. Minor swelling or warping will happen in the natural wood on the raised door panel. Shelves and framing will also experience the dry temperature effect. Make sure using a damp (slightly wet) cloth to clean the cabinet on a weekly or monthly basis.