FAQs

Natural Quartz
What are natural quartz surfaces?
Natural quartz, or engineered stone, is a surface material consisting of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin. It is used primarily for kitchen and bath applications. It requires less maintenance and is more durable than natural stone.

How does natural quartz compare to other countertop surfaces?
Natural quartz is one of the most durable, maintenance-free materials available. It is extremely stain, scratch, heat and bacteria resistant. It is also nonporous, which means it requires no sealants or waxes to retain its lustrous gloss.

Does natural quartz burn or stain?
Natural quartz has extraordinary strength and heat resistance, although caution should be used when transferring very hot items to its surface. Trivets or hot pads should be used to protect the finish. Natural quartz is nonporous and doesn’t absorb liquids, making it highly stain resistant.

Can you scratch or crack natural quartz?
Natural quartz is one of the strongest, hardest materials available. Under normal conditions, natural quartz does not chip, scratch or crack. It may, however, chip or crack if hit with a hammer or impact tool.

Is natural quartz safe and easy to maintain?
Natural quartz is mold and mildew resistant and is a hygienic, food-safe choice that doesn’t have to be sealed.

Solid Surface
What are solid surfaces?
Solid surface vanity tops are a solid acrylic or acrylic polyester-blended material. The advantage is that the color is uniformly distributed throughout the material.

How do solid surfaces compare to other vanity top surfaces?
Solid surface is a man-made material. It offers the greatest consistency in color and is available in numerous color options. Beautiful and practical, it’s a nonporous material that does not require sealing. It’s also naturally resistant to heat, mold and mildew. In fact, it ranks with stainless steel in resistance to fungal and bacterial growth. Additionally, most stains, even tough stains, are easily buffed away.

What’s the best way to clean and care for my Solieque® solid surface vanity top?
Routine daily care and maintenance of solid surfaces is easy. Clean by wiping the countertop with mild soap and water. Rinse the top and then wipe dry. You can remove stubborn stains with a liquid abrasive cleanser such as Soft Scrub® and a sponge. Use a small amount of the liquid abrasive and rub in a circular motion until the stain is gone. Rinse the area and then wipe dry.

How is solid surface repaired?
In most cases, your vanity top can be repaired if accidentally damaged. Inconspicuous seams allow a fabricator to easily repair damage. Nicks, scratches and cuts are inevitable with any high-use product. Minor damage, including scratches, general or chemical stains, scorches or burns, and minor impact marks, can easily be repaired onsite with a light abrasive cleanser and a Scotch-Brite® pad. For heavier damage, light sanding may be necessary. Please call your Solieque® Vanity Tops expert for assistance.

Will my solid surface countertop stain?
No. Stains are not able to penetrate the nonporous material. You may see some superficial staining, but these can be removed with a household Scotch-Brite® pad.

Natural Granite
What is natural granite?
Granite rocks are igneous rocks, which are formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma beneath the earth’s surface. Granite consists of many minerals; the three most common are feldspar, natural quartz and mica. The varying representation of these minerals in each granite rock contributes to its unique color, texture and structure, which cannot be duplicated by man-made materials.

Why should I choose a Solieque natural granite for my vanity tops?
Natural granite is one of the hardest of all building stones, and it is almost impervious to stains when maintained properly. If polished, its high-gloss finish will withstand even harsh environments, all of which makes it an ideal material for vanity tops.

How does natural granite compare to other vanity top materials?
Natural granite is one of the most durable countertop materials available. Granite has undeniable strength and is both scratch and heat resistant. When sealed and maintained properly, natural granite will retain its beauty for a lifetime and is an excellent material choice for your home investment.

Will my natural granite look like the sample?
Samples merely represent the product. Natural granite surfaces have naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity and pattern. These variations are the source of its natural beauty.

Will my natural granite vanity top stain?
Natural granite is a porous material and is subject to staining if not maintained properly. In most cases, stains can be prevented by quickly cleaning the vanity top with soap and water. If a spill is left overnight (especially if the liquid is grease, oil, coffee or wine), the natural granite may darken.

Is natural granite a completely smooth surface like solid surface materials?
No. Natural stone can have natural fissures, which appear as cracks. These visible hairline cracks are formed during the solidification process, earthquakes or land movement. Fissions are random and vary among the different types of stone. You may also see surface pits, which are spaces between the various mineral crystals. Some granite exhibit these characteristics more than others. The room’s lighting can make marks more or less visible.

How heavy is natural granite and will my cabinets support it?
The actual density of natural granite varies from material to material. Granite that is 1¼" (3cm) thick weighs about 16 to 22 lbs. per square foot. Granite that is 3/4" (2cm) thick weighs approximately 12 to 15 lbs. per square foot. Most cabinetry can withstand many times the weight of even the heaviest natural stone vanity tops when installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Does natural stone burn?
Natural stone materials are quite resistant to burns under normal use. Taking precautions to protect the surface from extremely hot items is always a good idea to ensure the lifetime beauty of your surface.

How often do I need to reapply stone sealer?
Some natural stone colors and types may require more sealing than others.
For darker toned natural granite, we advise sealing your countertops every 12 months.
For lighter colors, every six months to a year. Also, closely monitor the area around your sink where you’re most likely to see water droplets. If you begin to notice water not beading up or soaking into the stone within 10 to 15 minutes, then it’s probably time to reseal. To reseal, be sure a liberal amount of sealant is applied and it sits overnight.

Can my natural granite vanity top chip, scratch or crack?
Natural granite is a very dense material, and some types of stone are more susceptible to chips than others. Under normal conditions, natural granite does not chip, scratch or crack. It may, however, chip or crack if hit with a hammer or impact tool. If you have a chip, a certified fabricator or contractor can fill it with a mixture of granite dust and epoxy.

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