Portofino Care and Maintenance
Portofino engineered marble surfaces are very easy to maintain and with simple care, will retain its luster and beauty for manyyears. For routine cleaning, use a damp cloth or paper towel and, if necessary, a small amount of mild soap. Once clean, rinse and dry surface thoroughly. Specialized products such as Quick Clean and Plus 10, available from VMC Technical Assistance Corporation, can be used to further assist with routine care and maintenance.
Removing Difficult Spills
For stubborn or dried spills, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad such as a white 3M Scotch-Brite® scrub pad combined with a small amount of mild soap or specialized stone cleaner.
Preventing Staining and Other Damage
Generally, prevention will save a great deal of time spent on cures and remedies, especially since damage to marble is often irreparable. A good commercial penetrating stone sealer, such as KleerSeal or Anti-Drop, available from VMC Technical Assistance Corporation, should be applied just prior to or immediately following installation to help prevent staining.
The sealer should then be applied every year after to maintain an optimum level of stain prevention. Spills of any type should be immediately removed and rinsed with water. Portofino may stain, etch or dull if exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda) or fruits and vegetables for prolonged periods of time. Coasters should be placed under all glasses, particularly those containing liquors or citrus juices.
Portofino marble surfaces can be damaged from prolonged exposure to heat, so you must always use a trivet or hot pad under heated dishes. Portofino can also show scratches, the use of a cutting board is always recommended.
Marble Floor Surfaces
Portofino floors in high traffic areas should be cleaned daily with a clean, dry dust mop or soft bristle broom. Portofino floors in low traffic areas can be cleaned less frequently using the same method. Spills should be spot treated with the use of a damp mop or cloth towel and, if necessary, a small amount of mild soap or specialized stone cleaner.
Portofino floors should be cleaned thoroughly once a week or as needed due to traffic. Begin with a dry dust mop or soft bristle broom and remove loose dirt and debris. Then, clean the entire floor using a damp mop combined with a neutral floor cleaner such as VMC-30, available from VMC Technical Assistance Corporation. A floor machine such as a slow speed buffer or walk behind scrubber can be used for larger commercial environments. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove any haze residue that may diminish the shine and beauty of the floor.
Heavily Soiled Floors
As with any floor, it makes sense to clean up spills as soon as possible. For stubborn or dried spills, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad such as a white 3M Scotch-Brite® scrub pad combined with a small amount of mild soap or specialized stone cleaner.
Chemicals To Avoid
Avoid exposing any Portofino marble surface to chemicals and solvents, especially paint removers or furniture strippers containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride. Keep nail polish remover, bleach or cleansers that contain bleach, bluing, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps away from Portofino. While casual exposure to alkaline materials will not damage Portofino, highly alkaline (high-pH) cleansers are not recommended when cleaning Portofino. If any of the substances listed above come into contact with Portofino, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with water.