Vetrazzo – Sustainable Recycled Glass Surfaces
The term “Recycled Glass” refers to an engineers product made with varying amounts of pre and/or post consumer waste. This glass is set in a binder base to create a slab that can be fabricated into countertops.
Vetrazzo® is a recycled glass surface comprised of 100% recycled glass. When you buy Vetrazzo, you get an exquisite surface material—truly a work of art—that becomes the centerpiece of your home or project. What else makes it sparkle? A high glass content ( 85% by volume), expansive color palette, and story in every surface. From architectural to art glass, to beer bottles and jars, each mix is a signature blend of color and life that tells a story about you, too
All of the glass used in Vetrazzo is recycled, and it makes up about 85% of the final material by weight. The largest proportion of glass comes from curbside recycling programs. Other glass comes from post industrial usage, windows, dinnerware, stemware, automotive windshields, stained glass, laboratory glass, reclaimed glass from building demolition, and other unusual sources such as decommissioned traffic lights.
Even though we do not stock large quantities of Vetrazzo, please rest assured that you can get any of the colors they have to offer. Visit the Vetrazzo website to order samples and see a complete color pallet.
Care and Maintenance
General Care and Cleaning
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.
It is recommended 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. Vetrazzo also recommends applying a coat of marble wax such as Goddard’s Granite and Marble Polish every six months to add an additional protective layer.
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.
Alehouse Amber with Patina