Cultured granite kitchen countertops. Cultured granite bathroom vanity tops
Cultured granite is becoming more and more popular and it is not unusual for a granite shop to sell more cultured granite products than natural granite. Because of the technique used by different manufacturers no two pieces are of the same colour and pattern.
Cultured Granite is a mixture of resins, fillers and pigments that is poured into a mold. The shape of the finished products depends on the molds used. Before the pour, the mold is coated with a gel-coat. After several hours of chemical curing, the parts are removed from the molds and trimmed, ground, polished and inspected. The gel-coat finish is tough, durable, non-porous and transparent and will protect the product from stains, heat, burns and normal daily wear and tear.
One of the reasons why cultured granite kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops are very popular is the price of these products compared to those made or real granite.
With regular cleaning cultured granite lasts just as long as granite.
Cleaning. Cultured granite kitchen countertops and cultured granite bathroom vanity tops are easily maintained. Most countertops can be wiped with a soft cloth, sponge or non-abrasive aerosol foam cleaner. Harsh abrasive cleaners are neither required nor recommended as they will dull the surface. For regular cleaning use a liquid detergent to remove mineral deposits and soap scum. Dull surfaces can be restored by using a liquid cleaning compound followed by a light application of liquid wax or paste.
Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, scouring pads, scrapers, sandpaper, wire brushes or metal tools on any part of the cultured granite surfaces.
Stains. Stains from hard water or mineral deposits may be removed by a cleaner made for removing iron, calcium, or other mineral deposits found in your water supply. Most cleaners will not damage the gelcoat as long as label instructions are followed.
Scratches. To remove fine scratches, scuff marks or light stains from your high gloss cultured granite kitchen countertop or cultured granite bathroom vanity top use an automotive paint buffing compound or baking soda and a hand held polisher.