The easy-to-clean property of the OTM Quartz Collection is a welcome feature as compared to the attentive maintenance that is expected and required for granite and marble products. The low porosity levels of our quartz prevents the continuous accumulation of dust and other stains from penetrating the material and, therefore, most of these particles are restricted to the surface only, which can be easily cleaned, thus rendering your surface virtually maintenance free.
Care & Maintenance Guide
- Quartz is virtually maintenance free and can be cleaned with extreme ease.
- Common household spills – such as, tea, coffee, lemon juice, soda, fruit, vegetable juice, olive oil or grease spills – are easily removed and the surface restored to its original appearance.
- Some quartz colors are more sensitive to grease or finger-prints and may require extra care during routine cleaning.
- Quartz is one of the hardest materials in nature, which is your assurance that your quartz will not easily scratch or chip. The use of a cutting board is nevertheless always recommended.
- To maintain the natural beauty of quartz, do not place hot skillets, pots or roasting pans directly onto the surface; use a trivet or hot pad instead.
- For routine cleaning, use a damp cloth or paper towel and, if necessary, a small amount of non-acidic mild soap. Once clean, rinse and dry surface thoroughly.
- For stubborn or dried spills, use a non-abrasive cleaning pad combined with a small amount of mild soap or specialized stone cleaner.
- Quartz floors in high traffic areas should be cleaned daily with a clean, dry dust mop or soft bristle broom. Quartz floors in low traffic areas can be cleaned less frequently using the same method. Spills should be spot treated with the use of a damp mop or cloth towel and, if necessary, a small amount of mild soap or specialized stone cleaner.
- A floor machine such as a slow speed buffer or walk behind scrubber can be used for larger commercial environments. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove any haze residue that may diminish the shine and beauty of the floor.
- For heavily soiled floors, as with any floor, it makes sense to clean up spills as soon as possible.
- Avoid exposing quartz to chemicals and solvents, especially paint removers or furniture strippers containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride. Avoid using nail polish remover, bleach or cleansers that contain bleach, bluing, permanent markers or inks on your quartz surface. While casual exposure to alkaline materials will not damage quartz, highly alkaline (high-pH) cleansers are not recommended when cleaning quartz. If any of the substances listed above come into contact with your surface, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with plenty of clean water.
- Do not use strong abrasive and/or alkaline cleaning products. Always follow the manufacturer’s dilution instructions and recommendations.
Do’s & Don'ts
OTM Quartz is a pure natural quartz surface with debonair appearance, the feel of the natural stone, but with an unbeatable quality and panache. It is non-porous, homogenous and highly durable and resistant to scratching, staining and water absorption and is virtually maintenance free. Quartz is manufactured using internationally patented Bretonstone® Technology. It is composed of 93% premium grade pure Natural Quartz and 7% high quality polyester resin. OTM Quartz is colored using finest quality unleaded pigments which ensures the consistency of color from batch to batch. The secret behind quartz' groundbreaking material strength and beauty lies in high-purity Natural Quartz, a binding polymer and heavy metal-free pigments. Quartz is twice as impact resistant as & four times stronger than natural stone.
Stubborn Stains or Dried Spills
Natural Quartz Surfaces are highly resistant to stains caused by olive oil, fruit juices, coffee, shower soap, wine, vinegar, washing machine soap, liquid food coloring, grapes, soft drinks, paints and automotive fluids. If accidentally any of the above is split on the tops, wipe off the stained area with any commonly available non-acidic cleaner or household detergent and then rinse with water immediately.
To remove difficult spills, soak the area for 5-10 minutes with a non-acidic cleaner then rinse and clean away with a non-abrasive pad. For stains that harden as they dry, such as food and gum, scrape it gently by using a small blade or a putty remover and then clean using warm water and soap.It is possible that some of the stubborn stains may leave a light mark or very slight discolouration on the stones.
Permanent markers/ink may adhere to the surface and should be avoided. Should these agents come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined above. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with Akemi Quartz Intensive Cleaner, or another comparable product, apply to the stain and then let the agent sit for about 15 minutes and wipe it with a clean cloth. Rinse thoroughly.
- DO wipe up spills immediately with a mild non-acidic soap.
- DON’T use products that contain acids & alkalis like bleach, vinegar, glass cleaners or other household cleaners.
Natural Quartz Surfaces are heat resistant, but not heat proof. It can withstand exposure to normal cooking temperatures from pots, pans and dishes without being damaged. But sudden and rapid change of temperature, especially near the edge can damage the surface or crack due to thermal shock. We recommend use of trivets or hot pads, especially when using cooking units such as electric frying pans, slow-cookers, or roaster ovens and not place hot pots, pans and dishes directly onto the surface.
- DO use trivets or hot pads under pots & pans.
- DON’T place electric frying pans, slow-cookers, or roaster ovens directly onto the surface.
The natural quartz used in this surface, coupled with high performance, stain resistant polymers results in a durable, non-porous, chemical resistant surface. Avoid exposing your surface to strong chemicals and solvents, especially hydrofluoric acid, paint removers or furniture strippers containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride. Also, do not use abrasive alkaline (high-pH) cleaners. If any of the above comes in contact with quartz surface then immediately rinse the exposed surface thoroughly with water.
Natural Quartz Surfaces are relatively hard to scratch but they still can occur. Avoid using stone or harder materials directly on your countertops. Diamonds and certain stoneware dishes containing rough silica can scratch your countertops. Pizza-stones will scratch if they are spun around while cutting. Stone cutting boards are not recommended unless they have rubber feet.
- DON’T place toiletry products directly on your countertop surface.
Unlike laminate countertops, granite, marble and quartz countertops are very hard, but not flexible and they DO NOT have plywood backing, therefore concentrated weight at a point may cause a crack.
- DON’T sit or stand on your countertops.