Cambria is a natural stone countertop option that provides more durability along with easier maintenance when compared to other stone options. This is due to the manufacturing process. Natural quartz is combined with a small amount of resin to create a strong and long-lasting countertop. Proper maintenance is simple but will prolong the working life of the counter.
1. Skip Sealing and Polishing
Due to the addition of resin, Cambria already has a smooth, highly polished surface. Unlike stone, this surface doesn't require regular polishing and sealing to remain smooth and resistant to stains. Cambria is not absorbent due to the resin inclusion, so sealing isn't a necessary task. In fact, attempting to polish and seal a Cambria countertop can actually damage the finish.
2. Use the Right Cleaners
Although Cambria is very durable, it's still important to choose the right cleaners. Most of the time you can simply use mild soap and warm water to wipe down the countertops. Otherwise, almost any type of all-purpose kitchen cleaner will work well. Just avoid cleaners that contain acid, including strong homemade vinegar solutions, as these can etch the surface of the Cambria and dull the sheen.
3. Prevent Abrasion Damage
Abrasion can act much like acid etching, in that it scratches the surface of the Cambria and dulls the shine. Severe abrasions can make the counter look dull and dingy, and there is no easy way to fix the problem. Fortunately, it's simple to avoid abrasion damage. Only use soft cloth cleaning rags or sponges to clean the counter. Avoid harsh abrasives, like stiff brushes or steel wool. Further, avoid abrasive paste cleaners, as well.
4. Disinfect Safely
Since Cambria is non-absorbent, it doesn't absorb liquids and bacteria like unsealed stone can. Still, you may occasionally need to disinfect the countertop for safety and peace of mind. The good news is that most kitchen disinfectants are safe to use. Diluted bleach solutions or rubbing alcohol are safe and popular options for disinfecting Cambria. Most non-acid name brands are also safe, just make sure they have no warnings against use on Cambria on the label.
5. Avoid Heat Damage
Heat is one thing that can damage Cambria. Generally, this damage appears as permanent discoloration of the countertop. The easiest way to avoid this is to keep trivets on hand and to use them while you are cooking and moving hot pans around.
Contact a Cambria countertop supplier or installer to learn more about this attractive, durable option for your home.
For more information, reach out to a company like Old World Stone.