Stone Guide & Care Guide
Tips for Maintaining the Beauty
of Your Natural Stone or Quartz
Cleaning your natural stone countertops is quite easy. We recommend warm water, mild dishwashing liquid, and a soft cloth to maintain your natural stone surfaces.
Additional protective measures are:
- Blot up spills immediately
- Protect countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets, or placemats
- Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, or other cleaners containing acids, alkaline, free radicals or oxidizers.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners on polished natural stone surfaces.
Sealing isn’t as hard as it sounds. Every 1 to 2 years seal with a penetrating sealer that protects the stone from staining. This sealer penetrates into the stone and acts as a repellant. Stone products are available from Home Depot or at your local home improvement store. Follow the sealer instructions to properly apply the correct amount of sealer to your granite…but usually it is a spray on and then wipe off. It’s as simple as that! The most important thing is, do not let the sealer dry on the granite. Let it absorb and then wipe the excess off.
Natural Stone Selection Guide
Granite is the most popular natural stone for countertops. Consumer Reports gave it an excellent for heat, slicing, abrasion, impact, chopping and overall performance in it’s 2002 report for Best Countertop Material. Granite also comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, some of them unique to a particular quarry or lot…so for those of you who don’t like to be the same as everyone else it is possible for your kitchen to have a unique look. Granite is also available in a polished finish or matte finishes such as antiqued, brushed or honed.
Marble is great for creating a luxurious ambiance however extra, extra care needs to be taken in keeping marble in pristine condition. Extra care must be taken to wipe up spills immediately and thoroughly as Marble is softer than granite and therefore more porous. Also because it’s softer, greater care must be taken to avoid scratching it.
Marble is great for people who love to bake as it makes an excellent top for rolling dough and sometimes a specially top is added to the kitchen in marble solely for this purpose. Marble is a popular choice for Bathroom Vanity Tops, Tub Surrounds or for Fireplaces. Marble is available in a polished finish or a honed finish.
Quartzite is a material which is in between marble & granite. It is good for kitchens because it is more scratch and stain proof than marble but it often has patterning that is somewhat reminiscent of marble.
SoapStone comes primarily in black and dark greens with white or grey graining or veins. Once installed Soapstone must have oil rubbed into it up to the point of absorbency in order for the stone to have a deep and rich tone. Soapstone is resistant to acids which Is an attractive point for it’s use in kitchens.
Limestone and Travertine are similar to Marble in that they are softer and less dense than granite or quartzite which leave them vunerable to staining and scratching. These materials are most commonly used for fireplaces and vanities in an indoor setting.
Onyx is known for its translucent quality, beautiful colors and patterns. Used mostly for vanities , tub surrounds or fireplaces as it is softer than granite and therefore more vulnerable to staining and scratching. Because of its translucent quality, Onyx can be back-lit to give extra design flare to a project. Onyx is considered a luxury material.
QUARTZ “MAN-MADE” STONES:
CaesarStone, Cambria,Silestone, Zodiaq, Quartz Master, Chroma are all examples of Quartz “man-made” materials. Stone is crushed down and then put together using a resin. This process produces material that is extremely dense, so it is very resistant to stains and scratching. There are many different colors to choose from and patterning tends to be consistant.