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Product Characteristics & Maintenance

Quartz

Quartz Surfacing Characteristics

Unlike natural granite, Meridian Quartz Surfacing is non-porous and requires no sealing, giving you the look of natural stone without the ongoing maintenance. In addition, Meridian Quartz Surfacing is also stain-resistant, heat-resistant, and easy to maintain.

All of these qualities have made Meridian Quartz Surfacing a premier choice for specifiers, builders, and homeowners across the country. For homeowners, it’s an ideal surface for kitchen countertops, bar tops, and other surfaces. It’s also perfect for high-traffic commercial areas such as offices, banks, hotels, and restaurants, where applications can include reception areas, serving areas, table tops, and much more.

Seams

f you’re looking for a surface that is safe for food preparation and easy to maintain, yet will maintain its luster and natural beauty, you’ll find Meridian Quartz Surfacing to be the perfect choice!

Variation in the natural quartz color, pattern, size, shape, and shade are inherent and unique characteristics of Meridian Quartz Surfacing and are to be expected as with all natural products. These variations do not affect the product performance. Seams in quartz products will be plainly visible. Where seams occur, product color and pattern may change.

Precautions

All surfaces can be damaged by excessive force or pressure.

Meridian Quartz surfaces can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes, especially near the edges, as well as direct or sustained heating of the product. Your product may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from hot pots and pans, electric frying pans and griddles, some crock pots, some toasters and toaster ovens, and heat lamps. Therefore, the use of a hot pad or trivet is ALWAYS recommended.

Care and Cleaning Instructions

Heritage Marble has created an Easy-to-Print document that is a great reference guide for your new surfacing product.

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About Natural Stone

Variation in the natural stone color, pattern, size, shape and shade are inherent and unique characteristics to be expected. This does not affect the product performance. Your countertop will not be replaced due to these variations.

Natural stone products may contain some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Areas that have been filled with color-matched epoxy that may compromise the integrity and strength of the materials.
  • Small visible “fissure” lines on the surface which rarely affect the structural integrity.
  • Natural mineral deposits, or “beauty marks,” that can be seen as intensified spots or lines of color, lack of color and areas with compromised polishing ability.
  • Pitting “pock” marks of varying size on the surface.

All natural stone products can be damaged by excessive force, pressure or prolonged heating.

All seams will be plainly visible and where there are seams the product pattern, color and other characteristics may change.

Natural Stone Characteristics

Natural Stone surfaces are easy to clean using a soft cloth with warm water and any pH neutral, non-abrasive cleaner or mild dishwashing detergent. Be sure to rinse with clear water when complete, as too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and/or cause streaks when the surface dries.

In wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about ½ cup of ammonia to 1 gallon of water). Take note that frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.

Take note that many common foods and drinks contain acids that may dull your Natural Stone Surface. The use of coasters, trivets, and placemats is ALWAYS recommended.

DO NOT apply any waxes, penetrants, or other topical treatments to your Tower Industries Natural Stone Surfacing under any circumstances

Precautions

All surfaces can be damaged by excessive force or pressure.

Natural Stone surfaces can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes, especially near the edges, as well as direct or sustained heating of the product. Your product may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from hot pots and pans, electric frying pans and griddles, some crock pots, some toasters and toaster ovens, and heat lamps. Therefore, the use of a hot pad or trivet is ALWAYS recommended.

Care and Cleaning Instructions

Heritage Marble has created an Easy-to-Print document that is a great reference guide for your new surfacing product.

Download the document by clicking here.

About Solid Surface

All Meridian Solid Surface products are made from a non-porous, homogeneous blend of polyester and acrylic resins and natural mineral fillers. There are no surface coatings to disrupt or damage, because Meridian Solid Surface is composed of the same polymer blend from front to back and from top to bottom. The unique characteristics of Meridian Solid Surface result in a product that is completely non-porous and resistant to most household chemicals, so stains and liquids don’t soak in. The non-porous nature of Meridian Solid Surface also provides an all-important health benefit; it will not promote the growth of bacteria, mold, or mildew.

Heritage Marble stands behind every Meridian Solid Surface residential product with a rock-solid 10-year warranty against any manufacturing defect.

Features and Benefits

  • Available in a variety of colors and patterns to coordinate with your decor
  • Inconspicuous seams
  • Stain-resistant and easy to maintain
  • Highly durable – stronger than stone
  • Resistant to heat, mold, chemicals, pollutants and bacteria
  • Environmentally friendly – renewable and repairable

Precautions

Heat Damage

Meridian Solid Surface products are inherently heat-resistant. However, to prevent any heat damage, you should never place hot items directly on the surface. Always use trivets with rubber feet when placing hot items on the countertop. Remember, placing hot pans or heat-generating appliances directly on your Meridian Solid Surface may cause damage to your countertop. Avoid direct and indirect heat reaching temperatures of 170°F and above.

Chemical Damage

Avoid strong chemicals that can cause damages to your surface such as oven cleaners, acetone, paint removers, and other strong chemicals. If exposed, promptly flush with water. Remember, prolonged contact with harsh chemicals can cause serious damage to your countertop.

Additional Items

  • Avoid cutting directly on your Meridian Solid Surface® countertop. Always use a cutting board.
  • Never place hot pans directly on the countertop. Even though the countertop is heat-resistant, it is not heat-proof. Prolonged or sudden exposure to extreme heat may cause permanent damage.
  • Strong acids, such as those found in drain cleaners, should be flushed with water immediately. Some of these items may cause whitening if left on the surface, which can be difficult to remove.
Care and Cleaning Instructions

Heritage Marble has created an Easy-to-Print document that is a great reference guide for your new surfacing product.

Download the document by clicking here.

Standard Cultured Marble

Standard Cultured Marble is a combination of crushed marble, high-strength resin and color pigments, resulting in a product with veined color patterns. All products have a clear gel coat over 20 mils thick.

Solid Color Cultured Marble

Solid Color Cultured Marble is a combination of crushed marble and high strength resin, resulting in products that have a solid color (with no veining pattern) due to their colored gel coat.

Cultured Granite

Cultured Granite creates the exquisite look of quarried granite with the technological benefits and durability of cultured marble. All of Heritage Marble’s cultured granite colors are granite particulate all the way through the product—not just a “surface” coat as some manufacturers offer. The clear gel coat offers the same wear and durability as cultured marble or cultured onyx.

Care and Maintenance

Heritage Marble has created an Easy-to-Print document that is a great reference guide for your new surfacing product.

Download the document by clicking here.