Countertops

Just Counters currently holds certifications in the fabrication of Corian, Gibraltar, Earthstone, and Avonite.

Because we hold these certifications, many other solid surface manufacturers are eager and confident in having us fabricate their product as welL A few of the manufacturers and their products we fabricate include: LG Hi-Macs, Dupont Corian, Samsung Staron, Formica Solid Surface, and Wilsonart Gibraltar and Earthstone

We fabricate laminate countertops as well. Top brands such as Formica, Wilsonart, Nevamar, and Pionite are on display.

Some of our quartz countertop manufacturers are LG Viatera, Dupont Zodiaq, Hanwha HanStone, Cambria, Marblestone, Cosentino Silestone, and Pompeii Quartz. As for the always changing beauty of granite available, please make an appointment to view the slabs.

 

Caring for Today’s Countertops

By following these simple guidelines, you should be able to enjoy many years of satisfaction with whatever type of countertop that you choose.

Laminate Counters

In most cases, you only need to use a clean, damp, non-abrasive cotton cloth and a mild liquid detergent or household cleaner. Rinse with clean water, using a clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth. Do not flood the laminate, especially near seams, since water can penetrate and cause the substrate to swell. Dry the surface with a soft, clean, non-abrasive cotton cloth.

Solid Surface Counters

Follow the recommendations below to properly clean your solid surface countertop and sink.
Experience has shown that a film builds up on the surface if water is left to dry on the countertop. This film will dull the look of the countertop making the finish appear blotchy and uneven. To prevent build up of the film, it is very important to wipe the countertop completely dry after spills and cleaning.
Some colors may require more frequent cleaning to maintain a uniform finish. Darker colors tend to require more attention than lighter colors. Over time – even with proper care, your countertop will acquire a patina (or glossy coat), changing the appearance of the finish. You may restore the look of the original finish by following the refurbishing guidelines below.

Removing fine scratches or a blotchy appearance

You may notice that the surface of your countertop begins to look blotchy. Typically, this is caused by leaving hard water to dry on the surface which will leave a film of minerals. To remove this film use a mild abrasive liquid cleanser, such as Soft Scrub®, on a damp sponge or cloth and rub over area using small circular motions, from the front to the back, then side to side, overlapping the circles until the entire area has been cleaned. Thoroughly rinse the top with clean water and WIPE SURFACE COMPLETELY DRY. Check to see if blotchiness is gone. If not, repeat procedure applying more pressure on the sponge or rag. Continue over all affected areas until all film is removed.

NOTE: While this procedure may remove or minimize the look of very fine scratches, other deeper scratches may remain. They may be removed by following the procedure below or you may want to hire a professional refinisher such as Just Counters & Other Stuff, Inc. to refinish your countertop.

Removing minor cuts and scratches

Because the beauty of today’s solid surfaces goes all the way through, many surfaces are renewable. You can remove minor cuts and scratches yourself by following these instructions.
First, wash the area where the scratch is located, following the instructions found above, to remove any film on the surface as this film may clog the abrasive pads. With this surface still wet, start rubbing with a green 3M Scotch-Brite cleaning pad. Use a light touch. Pressing too hard may actually leave deeper scratches. Rub over the scratch using a straight line motion. Periodically switch rubbing direction ninety degrees. Rinse pad periodically during this process to remove any built up residue. Be sure all of the scratch is removed.
Clean top with water and dry thoroughly. Check to see if sanded are blends with rest of top. Please note that sanded area may not perfectly match remainder of top. If necessary, turn pad over and repeat process. Rub over large area in a circular motion to blend in sanding.
An alternative to you refinishing your countertop, is to contact Just Counters & other stuff, Inc. to arrange for professional refinishing.

Cabinet Care and Maintenance

Clean the cabinet as needed with a lint-free cloth dampened with mild detergent or soap and water. Dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.
Wipe up sills, spatter and water marks as they occur, keeping the surface dry.
Use an emulsion-nonsolvent cleaner and polish, as designed for kitchen cabinets, on all clean surfaces as needed.
Avoid using scouring pads or powdered cleansers as these may scratch and penetrate the surface, allowing food or moisture to enter and cause deterioration of the finish.

The Natural Character of Wood

Expect variations in wood grain patterns and density. These variations are a vital part of the beauty of natural wood. The same stain applied to two pieces of the same wood species may result in somewhat different appearances (especially when comparing solid wood to veneers).
Color variations are caused by the assortment of minerals in the soil in which the tree was grown, rainfall, growing temperature, etc. All wood species can also exhibit sap runs, knots and pinholes in varying degrees.
Color changes through time will occur when wood is exposed to all types of light (normal and man-made). It is the general nature of wood to darken over time, some species more than others. The finishing process does not hinder this aging process.
Changes in heat and humidity. Wood is an organic material and will react to large and or rapid variations in these conditions, resulting in material reactions that can consist of, but are not limited to; warping, growth, shrinkage, splitting, checking, discoloration, separation at the joints and decomposition of the adhesives and finish materials.