Q: Can I Put Hot Pots and Pans on My Granite Countertop?

A: Granite is nearly impervious to typical kitchen cooking temperatures, though you may wish to avoid any risk of damage by using hot-pads or trivets.

Q: Are there special cleaning requirements for granite countertops?

A: Maintenance of granite countertops is easy.  For daily cleaning, a non-abrasive dishwashing liquid is recommended.  Although granite is very solid and nearly non-porous, spills left on the surfaces for an extended time period may leave some residual staining – even if sealed properly.  Most stains usually dissipate over time on their own.  If immediate removal is desired, a stain-lifting poultice powder can be used.

Q: Can I cut on my Granite Countertops?

A: Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite and quartz is harder than steel, and will dull knives very quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.

 

Q: Will my granite look like the online Sample?

A: The samples you see on the computer have been scanned and saved as digital images. The color tones may not be absolutely correct due to variations in computer systems and monitors. Granite also has naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty.  Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the quarry’s product, the material quarried at one time may differ slightly in color and veining from the sample. Moreover, even a single granite slab will possess a certain amount of color variation from one end to the other. Interior designers and architects have come to view this tendency of natural stone as an advantage. Slight irregularities can be pleasing, introducing an element of the natural into human-designed spaces, whether residential or commercial.

Q: How often do I need to re-apply stone sealer to granite?

A: It’s hard to predict how our customers will use their countertops,  but in general, once every year or two is sufficient.  Over-application of sealer can build up over time and cause a haze on the surface of your countertops.  The frequency for re-sealing really depends on the type of granite installed (lighter colors are more porous than darker ones) and the amount of use that the countertops see.  An easy rule of thumb is to closely monitor the area around the sink.  If you begin to notice that water does not bead up or soaks into the stone within 10-15 minutes, then it’s probably time to re-seal.  Applying sealer is easy; you simply spray it on, let it soak in for a few minutes, and wipe it away with a clean towel.

 

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