Maintenance & Care

 

Bellus Solid Surface were created to provide convenience with an elegant appearance when cared for properly.
We’ve developed these simple guidelines to address the basic maintenance principles that apply to all types of surfaces.
They will assist you to preserve the distinctive look and feel of your Bellus Solid Surface.
 

HEAT PROTECTION

All solid surface countertops are more heat resistant than laminate countertops. However, they are not heat proof. Protect surface from hot items such as pans, pots, or ovenware as excessive heat (above 100 degrees) could damage the surface. Use hot pads or ceramic pot holders. Caution should also be taken when using countertop appliances (such as electric crock pots) that could transmit heat from their bottom heating coils.

 

CLEANING

Clean with mild soap or detergent and warm water. After cleaning, rinse with a clean wet towel. Dry with a soft cloth to prevent water spots and streaking. For the occasional abusive stain, scrub with cleaners that contain mild abrasive or a mild detergent with a scouring pad. These abrasive cleansers will not harm countertops surface, as Bellus Solid Surface is a homogenous material.

 

 

POLISHING / WAXING

The surface for Bellus Solid Surface is treated with a surface polish or wax. However, due to usage the wax or polish will wear off after a while but if you’ll like to maintain the glossiness of the surface and a layer of protectant - cleaners such as Pledge, 3M® Stainless Steel Cleaners or any other oil-based clearners can be use to buff the top surface.

 

 

SCRATCHES

Most light, everyday scratches can be scrubbed smooth with an light-abrasive cleaner and/or a Scotch Brite® or scouring pad. Deeper scratches, knife cuts, and gouges can be sanded smooth with a fine grade (320 grit) sand paper, followed with a buffing using a Scotch Brite® or scouring pad.

You can choose following different method to achieve the finish that you like in order to blend to your top:
 
Matte Finish
Sand with 220-grit sandpaper on sanding block. Use small circular motions until scratch is gone. Blend finish with an abrasive cleanser and a maroon 7447 Scotch-Brite® Pad.
 
Satin Finish
Sand with 400-grit sandpaper on sanding block. Use small circular motions until the scratch is gone. Blend finish with light-abrasive cleanser and a gray 7448 Scotch-Brite® Pad.
 
Semi-Gloss Finish
Sand with 600-grit sandpaper on sanding block. Use small circular motions until the scratch is gone. Blend finish with a non-abrasive cleanser and a white 7445 Scotch-Brite® Pad.
 
Gloss Finish
Specialized tooling is required to achieve a high-gloss finish. Please contact your professional fabricator for assistance. Maintenance is limited to cleaning with mild detergents or nonabrasive countertop cleaners and a soft cloth.

Should the above maintenance steps create a variation in the surface finish, proceed with the final blending step over the entire countertop surface.

 

 

DARK COLOURS & CLOUDINESS

Darker colours do not scratch any easier than lighter colours; scratches are simply easily seen on darker colours. At times, a cloudy or milky appearance on the surface is most commonly caused by chemicals in dish soap or other common household cleaners that “dry out” the surface. Should you notice deterioration in the deep, rich look of your dark countertop, you can polish the surface with an oil-based wax or polish and wipe down using a circular motion with a soft cloth, and buff to a nice shine. Dark colours require more maintenance and effort by the homeowner to keep them looking new. This situation is not unique to Bellus Solid Surface - dark colours offered by most solid surface manufacturers have the same characteristics. And, if you are thinking about choosing this look for your kitchen, you need to know how to keep it looking new.

 

Routine Care & Maintenance

Simply clean Engineered Quartz with soap and water on a regular basis to keep the lustrous gloss and radiant sheen. For routine cleaning, use warm water and a damp cloth with a small amount of nonabrasive cleaner that does not contain bleach.

 

Although Engineered Quartz is resistant to stain, spills should be cleaned as soon as possible. Liquid spills and stains from fruits, vegetables, or other foods should be wiped up and cleaned with soap and water.


 

Preventing Damage

Heat - Engineered Quartz is designed to be extremely resistant to heat and can withstand exposure to normal cooking environment for brief periods of time without being damaged. Although Engineered Quartz withstands heat better than most surfacing materials on the market, all surfacing materials, including stone, can be damaged by extreme temperature changes, whether prolonged or sudden. Insulating pads should be used when placing hot pans, or other heat generating kitchenware on the surface.

 

Scratches - Engineered Quartz surface is designed to withstand normal use. While it is resistant to scratches, cuts, and chipping, cutting directly on Engineered Quartz should be avoided. Using cutting boards and taking care not to drop or move heavy objects on the surface will help to ensure the long-lasting beauty of Engineered Quartz.

 

Chemical - Avoid exposing Engineered Quartz to any strong chemicals and solvents. It is important to note that some of these chemicals and solvents can be found in household items like paint removers, paint and stain strippers that contain trichlorethane or methylene chloride, nail polish removers, bleach, furniture cleaners, oil soaps, permanent markers or inks, and chemicals with high alkaline/PH levels (Oven Cleaners, Drain Openers, etc.). Avoid using cleaning products that contain oils, powders or abrasives.

 


Long-term or frequent exposure must be avoided at all times, products that contain acetone or bleach may be used with short-term exposure (removing and rinsing within 5 minutes of application) to clean difficult stains or residues. Always handle such cleaning agents with care and rinse the applied surface with water completely afterwards.


 

Removing Difficult Spills

On stubborn or dried spills where routine cleaning procedures do not work, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad along with a common household cleaner. If gum, nail polish, paint, or other substances are accidentally allowed to adhere to the surface, they can be removed with the use of a plastic scraper or putty knife to gently scrape off the substance and by following routine cleaning procedures.
 

Granite

Do’s & Don’t
 

DO:

  • Dust surfaces frequently
  • Do not use the stone countertop as a cutting board. This may scratch the stone and dull knives.
  • Blot up spills immediately
  • Use a clean cloth for best results
  • Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, such as mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
  • Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and wipe until dry with a soft cloth.
  • Re-seal Granite every 6 months or at least once a year. (This is a service that we provide)
     

DON'T:

  • DO NOT use vinegar, lemon juice, ammonia or other cleaners containing acids. These products containing acids may etch the surface and reduce the sealer's properties,
  • DO NOT use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives.
  • DO NOT use cleaners that contain acids such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or
  • DO NOT use tile cleaners
  • DO NOT apply acetone or any type of paint thinner.