Kitchen countertops are designed to last you for many years, but even the most durable types of countertops are not completely immune to problems and potential vulnerabilities. For this reason, it’s important to properly maintain your countertops even after the installation process is complete.
Here are some examples of some of the most common problems with granite or quartz countertops in Phoenix, AZ and how you can manage them to avoid having to do some significant repair work:
- Ruptured surfaces: Ruptured countertops don’t look particularly great. However, if it only affects a small portion of your countertop, you can make a relatively simple fix that will patch up the damage and cure some of the aesthetic blows it suffered. Countertops can rupture because of poor installation, poorly crafted joints, a lack of drying time for the glue or too much weight on a particular area. Manufacturers often recommend adhesives and epoxies that you can use for specific types and sizes of ruptures.
- Water damage: Water can damage countertops, as well as just about anything else in your home. Smaller kitchens are at an especially large risk of water damage, as well as kitchens with wood or granite countertops. If you have counters that are uneven with cabinets or a dishwasher door that won’t close right, these are signs of water damage. To prevent this issue, make sure you put down a vapor barrier during installation, and make sure that the sink is sealed properly so it doesn’t leak into cabinets or counters.
- Heat marks: Kitchen countertops can withstand quite a bit of heat and force, but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious. You should never, for example, place a hot pan directly on the countertop—this will likely result in a burn mark being left behind that will be very difficult to get rid of. The best solution is to use hot pads, but if you already have a burn mark or stain, there are various solutions (of varying effectiveness) to help you get rid of them. There are some products specifically designed for getting rid of these marks. For laminate countertops, you can put a layer of toothpaste on the clean surface with a rubber spatula and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub with a soft bristle brush to lift and remove the stain.
- Dull appearance: If your granite or quartz loses its shine, there are a variety of solutions you can implement to get them looking great again. It could be that you need to reseal and re-polish the stone, but the problem might also simply be that the surface needs a good cleaning and buffing.
If you’re interested in learning more about some of the best ways to maintain your granite, laminate or quartz countertops in Phoenix, AZ, we encourage you to contact the friendly, experienced and knowledgeable team at Z Granite Place today with your questions, and we will be happy to provide the assistance you seek. We look forward to working with you soon!
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