Why Quartz? Quartz is one of the earth's most abundant materials and also one of the most intriguing. Quartz crystal makes dazzling jewelry, yet it has the energy and precision to power the most accurate timepieces. Quartz is extremely hard, with unusual strength, depth, clarity, and radiance. These are some of the reasons why DuPont chose quartz as the core ingredient for Zodiaq. The Material Differences of Zodiaq Zodiaq Zodiaq has its own depth and character, with unique aesthetics suggesting a feeling of enlightened luxury and an attitude of bold sophistication. Cool, tranquil and sparkling, Zodiaq catches and reflects light, capturing the radiance of quartz crystal. Zodiaq also has unusual clarity and consistency in color, qualities that offer boundless potential in horizontal and vertical surfacing applications. Strength Zodiaq is characterized by superior strength and durability. Because it is composed of quartz, Zodiaq has exceptional toughness and a rating of 7 out of 10 on the Mohs' hardness scale. This makes it extremely resistant to scratches, chips, cracks, or dulling. Consistency Zodiaq can be cut and installed to meet exacting requirements with precision, uniformity and consistency. This capability helps ensure ordering accuracy as well as reduce waste and inventory. Zodiaq is dense, nonporous and stain-resistant, with no sealing required. And, best of all, Zodiaq is easy to maintain, retaining its new-looking appearance to provide purchasing peace of mind. Warranty Zodiaq is backed by a 10-year product-only warranty for commercial installations. For residential installations, Zodiaq has a 10-year limit installed warranty in addition to the product warranty. Designing with Zodiaq Combining artistry with authenticity, DuPont Zodiaq quartz surfaces offer almost unlimited design potential. Zodiaq can be specified for both horizontal and vertical surfaces in all types of interior design applications - commercial or residential. Commercial Applications Potential commercial environments for Zodiaq include healthcare, lodging/hospitality, food service, education, retail, entertainment and corporate spaces. Commerical applications for Zodiaq include wall cladding, work surfaces, reception desktops, sills, bar tops, vanity tops, wet bars, table tops, transaction counters, and lab tables. Residential Applications Potential residential uses for Zodiaq include kitchen countertops, bath vanity tops, wet bars, tub decks, and tub and shower surrounds. Design Flexibility Zodiaq quartz surfaces can be machined, sandblasted and inlayed, with a variety of edge treatments possible. A versatile color palette further enhances design flexibiltiy. Service Network Through our quality service network DuPont is committed to exceptional sales, manufacturing and installation experiences for our customers, all in a hassle-free environment. DuPont is uniquely positioned through our distributor, manufacturer, installer, and dealer networks to provide this pleasurable design experience. Installing Zodiaq DuPont Zodiaq is manufactured and installed in a manner similar to natural stone. As a result, it is available with various edge treatments and with discreet visible seams. Environmental Consideration DuPont is committed to conducting its business with respect and care for the environment. The corporation continually strives to improve its environmental practices, implementing strategies to build a successful business without compromising future generations. To achieve this commitment, DuPont supports the chemical industry's Responsible Care Program. Care & Maintenance DuPont Zodiaq quartz surfaces are very easy to maintain. The quartz used in Zodiaq coupled with high-performance, stain-resistant polymers - results in a durable, nonporous, chemical-resistant surface. Zodiaq is also heat- and scratch-resistant, but not heat- and scratch-proof. Therefore, the use of a cutting board is recommended when using a knife. Of course, Zodiaq keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing. Because it is nonporous, Zodiaq does not require sealants or waxes. Zodiaq also gives you peace of mind. In the unlikely event that you do experience any problems due to a manufacturer's defect, you can rest assured that DuPont backs Zodiaq with a 10-year limited warranty. Routine Care With simple care, Zodiaq will retain its radiant, lustrous appearance for many years. For routine cleaning, use a damp cloth or paper towel and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, nonabrasive cleanser. Even though Zodiaq resists permanent staining when exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice, and soda) or fruits and vegetables, wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible. For stubborn or dried spills, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad such as a white 3M Scotch Brite* scrub pad coupled with Formula 409** Glass & Surface Cleaner or a comparable cleaning product. Avoid using cleansers that contain bleach. Always follow the cleaner manufacturer's use instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any cleaning products. *Scotch-Brite is a registered trademark of the 3M Company **Formula 409 Glass & Surface Cleaner is a registered trademark of the Clorox Company Preventing Heat and Other Damage Zodiaq can withstand exposure to normal cooking temperatures from pots, pans, and dishes without being damaged. To maintain the beauty of Zodiaq, do not place hot skillets or roasting pans directly onto the surface. DuPont recommends the use of trivets and hot pads.