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The surface should be wiped clean with a damp cloth. For dried spots or rings, use mild liquid soap or detergent with a damp cloth. Maintain the finish on your Vetrazzo by applying marble polish (such as Goddard’s) two or three times a year.
We recommend that you reseal it every year or two to keep it like new. Wipe on the sealant, let it sit for 20 minutes or so and wipe it off. Nothing to it. Zero-VOC sealants are also available. We also recommend applying a coat of marble wax such as Goddard's Granite and Marble Polish every six months to add an additional protective layer.
Vetrazzo's porosity is better than marble and concrete and equivalent to some granite. But you do have to care for it. 85% of the surface is glass, which is impervious to stain. However, acids (like red wine, lemon juice, and vinegar) will etch the matrix of the surface (the concrete area between the glass) if not cleaned up right away. And staining agents, (like coffee and tea) will leave a trace if allowed to remain on the surface. Luckily, like aged butcher block, marble, and concrete, signs of living can actually enhance the character of the surface. If you clean messes up quickly, your Vetrazzo will remain unchanged. If you are more carefree, you may appreciate the natural patina that develops as you live with and enjoy your Vetrazzo. Also, dark mixes and those with patina hide the signs of a carefree lifestyle remarkably well. See what one Vetrazzo customer had to say.
Vetrazzo is extremely strong and durable and will withstand years and years of normal use. In the unlikely event of damage, it can be easily repaired by your fabricator.
Extremely well, thank you. It’s glass and concrete, remember. Some customers even make Vetrazzo trivets. Note, however, that prolonged heat can weaken the sealant. If you do this often, be sure to reapply sealant more frequently.
We have several installations in high traffic areas with absolutely no problems. Of note is one of our first installations in 1996 with The Solar Living Center in Hopland, California which installed our countertops for their bathrooms. Used by several million people over the last seven years, the countertops show no signs whatsoever of wear or structural deterioration.
Vetrazzo is resistant to common household stains such as wine spills but, like granite, it can be damaged or stained by prolonged exposure to foods with high acidic content such as lemon juice, other citrus juices, wine and coffee. These acids may etch the surface causing a dull appearance. And staining agents (like berries, coffee and tea) will leave a trace if allowed to remain on the surface. This can be easily repaired by an authorized fabricator. We simply recommend you wipe up spills as they happen and wash with mild soap and water. Wax and reseal as directed. In the event the spill is left unattended, leaving a stain, it can be removed following the same techniques as the stone industry has used for centuries.
Yes, but you’ll very quickly dull your knife as Vetrazzo is one of the hardest countertop surfaces on the market!