When it comes to proper maintenance of natural-stone or engineered flooring and countertops, selection of cleaning products is crucial. Unlike solid surface, laminate, and ceramic construction materials, quartz and natural stone are more sensitive to the chemicals found in common household cleaners. For this reason, Granite Gold® offers cleaning products specifically formulated for natural stone as well as quartz surfaces.
Granite Gold Inc. is a family company with a long history of stone care expertise that spans three generations. Cofounders and cousins Lenny Sciarrino and Lenny Pellegrino grew up in the family business manufacturing, installing, and restoring stone surfaces. For years, customers regularly asked the two Lennys for an easy and safe solution to clean and protect their natural-stone surfaces. There really wasn’t an effective solution available they felt confident about, so they developed Granite Gold®.
Here’s a short video explaining how to use Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®:
Granite Gold Daily Cleaner® is what you should use for granite, marble, slate, and other types of natural stone extracted from rock quarries. Though Granite Gold Daily Cleaner® is also safe to use on quartz surfaces, Granite Gold Quartz Brite® is better on quartz because it’s the first two-in-one cleaner and polish specifically formulated for engineered stone, and it can also be used to clean solid surface materials such as Corian countertops. In general, here are some things to consider when it comes to what you should use to clean quartz.
Granite and Quartz Aren’t Equal
Though they may look very similar in some cases, granite and quartz are different materials. The former is composed solely of natural elements, while the latter is fabricated with more than 90 percent natural quartz and resin. The compositions of natural stone and quartz are taken into consideration when formulating Granite Gold Daily Cleaner® and Granite Gold Quartz Brite®. Neither contain ammonia or phosphates, which can damage both engineered and natural-stone stone surfaces.
Sealing Makes a Difference
As you may already know, granite is a surface that requires frequent sealing in addition to cleaning. Quartz doesn’t need to be sealed because it’s permanently sealed during fabrication. Granite Gold Daily Cleaner® should not only be used regularly or after every meal preparation, but also before sealing with Granite Gold Sealer®. The formulation of our granite cleaner is developed to quickly and easily deep clean spills and soils without removing the sealant.
Granite Gold Quartz Brite® Includes Polish
With Granite Gold Quartz Brite®, you get a quartz cleaner and polish all in one product, which saves some time when maintaining quartz surfaces. For the most part, granite and other types of natural stone are polished after cleaning (and often after sealing), but the Granite Gold Clean and Shine® formula is ideal for busy homeowners because it leaves a nice gloss as it cleans while not having to clean and polish the stone in separate steps.
Using Granite Gold Quartz Brite® Around the House
Granite Gold Quartz Brite® is a good choice for cleaning synthetic surfaces such as Corian, Formica, laminate, and ceramic tiles. If you have countertops that feature a glossy finish, you know how difficult it can be to clean without leaving streaks. You won’t have such problems with Granite Gold Quartz Brite® because this is a gentle solution that won’t stick to surfaces, which is a problem with soapy cleaners that leave streaks behind.
If you’d like to learn more about caring for quartz or natural stone such as granite, marble, and limestone, get in touch with Granite Gold® today. Give us a call at 1-800-475-STONE (7866), and make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter for additional tips.
Lenny Sciarrino (aka Lenny S) and Lenny Pellegrino (aka Lenny P) grew up in the family business and are co-founders of Granite Gold®.