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Granite is an igneous rock, which means that at one time during its development, it was melted like volcanic lava. Unlike lava, however, this melted (or molten) rock never reached the surface. It remained trapped inside, where it slowly cooled and crystallized, resulting in a very uniform, speckled stone that ranges in color from black and gray tones to pinks, browns, and reds. The properties of granite, that make it the ideal stone surface is its hardness and resistance to acid.
How can I clean my granite countertop?
Clean the surface with mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Rinse then dry with a soft cotton cloth. Never use powdered cleansers to clean your stone (they contain pumice that might damage it) or strong cleaners. You should seal your granite countertops every two years because usage washes out the sealer. You can use one of the sealer products available on the market. We sell a 3 in 1 product that cleans and protects with regular use.
Can granite be damaged?
Granite is a natural stone, like any other solid surface granite can be damaged. Unsealed granite can absorb stains such as oil. Although you can place hot pots and pans directly on granite, it is best to use trivets or pads to keep your countertops out of harm’s way. If a scratch occurs it can be sealed.
Can I cut on my granite countertop?
Granite is harder than your knifes. If you use you granite countertop as a cutting surface it will dull your knife very quickly. Always use cutting boards to cut and chop.
Marble is a metamorphic rock. It was once limestone, but over time, the combination of intense heat and pressure caused the limestone to re-crystallize. Foreign substances often entered the stone during this process, creating an infinite variety of colors, asters, and veining. Marble surfaces take a high polish, but are not very hard and scratch easily. Its natural composition makes marble an easy target for acids normally found in food and cleaning products. The acids etch the marble surface damaging the polished finish. Marble is a porous stone and requires preventative sealing. It is not recommended for use in kitchens.
Onyx belongs to the family of chalcedony, a microcrystalline variety of quartz. It’s vitreous and brittle nature makes Onyx prone to cracking. New resins available in the marketplace today correct this problem and allow the miracle of technology to produce slabs 10 feet long and 6 feet high, and only 3/4 “ thick. Onyx does not perform well under situations of intense use or in high traffic areas. Onyx is often used in jewelry because of its many colors and ability to polish to a high luster.