November 27, 2018
There are plenty of reasons to love Cambria’s quartz countertops in the kitchen: they’re nonporous, scratch-resistant, and strikingly beautiful. But why should the kitchen get all the attention?
The application possibilities for Cambria’s surfaces stretch far beyond kitchen countertops. Stairs, walls, fireplaces, tabletops, desktops, and more can create modern, maintenance-free elegance in your home.
Cambria Technical Information
All of the 150+ designs offered by Cambria are made from the highest quality quartz and enhanced for durability to suit any lifestyle. Cambria products are harder than granite or marble, rated a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, so their surfaces are unlikely to crack or scratch. Cambria is made of 93% natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals on Earth, and 7% resin and pigments. And since the surfaces are nonporous, they won’t absorb liquids or food, resulting in a more hygienic surface. Cambria is NSF-51 certified for food and splash zone use. Cambria is also GREENGUARD certified as a low-emitting product for indoor air quality.
Perhaps best of all, Cambria surfaces are maintenance-free; they never need to be sealed or reconditioned, and cleaning requires no more than a warm, soapy cloth. They’re also heat-resistant, so designs won’t fade due to ambient heat near a fireplace, hot stove, or heat styling appliances. Sudden and/or rapid changes in temperature could harm any natural stone, however, so MARVA always recommends the use of a hot pad or trivet. For easy cleaning, we recommend Simple Green®, an effective, non-toxic, non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner.
Where to Use Cambria Quartz
Cambria designs are ideal for use throughout any home, from wall cladding, to fireplace surrounds, kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities.
Here are a few unexpected ways to use Cambria quartz surfaces around the home.
Give your guests the look of grandeur with an elegant foyer by using quartz on your stairs. With an extensive design catalog and your choice of a Cambria High Gloss™ or Cambria Matte™ finish, you’re sure to find the perfect color and pattern to complement your home and walls. As an additional perk, Cambria’s Paint Match Tool makes it easier than ever to choose the best color palette to pair with each design.
The flooring on a staircase experiences more traffic than most surfaces in the home, but Cambria is up to the challenge. The extraordinary hardness of the quartz means your stairs won’t bow or break under heavy weight when properly installed.
Heavy-duty stains require heavy-duty cleansers and a good amount of elbow grease, to treat and remove. With all of the cleaning sprays, bleach, detergents, and other chemicals usually present in a laundry room, it’s important to choose a surface that won’t absorb any toxic liquids or experience etching.
These surfaces resist absorption of moisture or chemicals, so any cleaners it’s exposed to can easily be washed away with a little soap and water – leaving no harmful residue. Those nonporous qualities also come in handy if there are any drips or spills from wet clothes on your surfaces. Your Cambria countertops will stay as pristine and stain-free as a freshly-washed load of laundry!
While the food for those dinner parties may be prepared in the kitchen, where will your guests be enjoying all those delicious dishes? Make the most of your Cambria surfaces by matching your dining room table to your kitchen counters. You can keep it simple by using the same design throughout, or choose one of the suggested complementary designs from Cambria’s website.
Tabletops are excellent places for quartz, as the constant traffic of dishes and glasses won’t mar the surface – vital for those big get-togethers and multi-course meals. And since Cambria doesn’t stain, there’s no need to worry about the aftermath of a wayward wine glass or spilled soy sauce. Citrus juices won’t etch the surface, either, so go ahead and pass around that bowl of ceviche.
Best of all, since Cambria is easy to clean, you don’t have to stress about the mess your guests will leave.
Cambria can also give an elegant touch to your fireplace, capturing the flickering glow to create an enticing aura, brightening the room and making a showcase of this living room centerpiece.
Fireplace surrounds made with Cambria elevate any space, while still maintaining performance and durability. A Cambria fireplace surround is easy to clean, so you don’t have to worry about soot or ash building up on the surface. The ambient heat from the fire also won’t damage your quartz, whether you use natural logs or gas.
Fireplace surrounds offer a wealth of style choices, from two complementary patterns to one solid piece. Like everything else in your home, the fireplace should feel like an organic extension of the architecture, so Cambria recommends letting your house guide you as you dress the hearth: “For a sleek, contemporary look, consider a floor-to-ceiling column of a single, non-combustible material, like Cambria. For a more traditional effect, surround the firebox in stone or tile, and then finish with rich wood.”
Giving your home office a design overhaul can give you a boost of confidence and productivity. If you work from home, you’re spending a majority of your day in this space, so why not make it beautiful?
The work-from-home professional needs a stately desktop that conveys the importance of their work. A desktop made of Cambria quartz not only looks impressive, but will stand up to the heat and spills of those endless mugs of fresh coffee that accompany your diligence. And the scratch-resistance of Cambria means that you won’t leave marks where your pen wanders.
Whether “gaming” to you means board games, poker nights, or video games, your game room needs surfaces that can stand up to late nights with friends, drinks, and snacks. Cambria surfaces are perfect for a gaming table: the stone won’t stain from things like rings from drink glasses, won’t be damaged from clattering dice, and won’t scuff from usual wear and tear.
For a grown-up spin on a game room, install a bar for cocktails to serve alongside a healthy dose of friendly competition. Read on to see why Cambria is perfect for bar tops:
Cambria’s surfaces are an excellent choice for bartops, which are exposed to frequent spills, citrus acids, and are regularly wiped and cleaned with sanitizing products.
Since these surfaces are nonporous, they don’t absorb any spilled or splashed liquids, so they won’t swell, warp, or stain, even when exposed to deeply pigmented liquids like wines and juices. They also won’t react with citrus acids from a margarita gone awry.
Whatever the room or application, Cambria quartz is perfect for your next project.
The Consistent Perfection of Cambria Quartz
Cambria Quartz offers the best of natural stone, improved and enhanced to suit any lifestyle.
As time goes on, property owners may find themselves wishing for more counter space in the kitchen, or may want to do further renovations to a space while maintaining a cohesive design. With Cambria Quartz, you can be certain that if you return to a design years later, you can still find a matching slab. This makes future updates or add-ons easy and convenient, since you can use your surfaces to tie your whole home together. Homeowners will be pleased to learn that they won’t have to replace their entire countertops for a small project like adding a kitchen island or extending a peninsula – there will always be more of the same Cambria design available and you will always be able to find a perfect match.
Cambria also makes it easier to envision how the final product will look within a space. With natural stone, it’s imperative to see each slab in person to better visualize how it will look in your home. The variations in natural stone means that two portions from the same slab can look vastly different. With Cambria quartz, however, you can be certain that the sample will accurately represent the entire piece used for your countertop. Take that sample to your home or business and get a better look at how it works with the light, paint colors, countertops, and your overall design aesthetic without worrying about being surprised by the final product.
Rest assured that with Cambria by MARVA, you are getting high quality, American-made craftsmanship and close-to-home customer service. The surfaces are responsibly obtained by conscientious partners and polished using 100% recycled water – a practice that saves an estimated 1.6 billion gallons of water per year.
Every Cambria surface is backed by a full lifetime warranty, so if any problems arise with the surface, homeowners and property managers can be confident that Cambria will rectify the situation without hassle. And of course, MARVA is your local partner and the Mid-Atlantic’s exclusive stocking distributor for Cambria, here to provide you with resources on maintenance, design tips, and product education.
With the quality of products and service provided by Cambria and MARVA, it’s easy to see why their quartz surfaces are becoming a popular choice throughout the world. Come see stunning full slabs from Cambria by MARVA at one of our five convenient showrooms today.
Selecting designs for your client? Look no further! View our full inventory of Residential Designs for Cambria Quartz. Call your local MARVA Showroom to get in touch with your local MARVA representative, if you have any questions.
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