Granite is the hardest natural surface you can install for your kitchen countertops. Second only to diamonds in terms of hardness, granite is an increasingly popular natural surface. One of the main advantages of granite is its extreme heat resistance. Granite Maintenance In general granite is a worry-free surface that practically takes care of itself. Make sure to keep grime and sand-like material off the countertops. Regular cleaning consists of wiping your countertops down with a light solvent or a soap and water mixture. Do not use anything with a high acidic content or abrasives. Tips & Warnings
Routine cleaning with a light solvent or mild soap and water is all that is generally required.
Once a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed.
Ask a professional to remove or repair a scratches, chips, & etc..
Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers, scouring powders, or 'soft' cleansers
Does Granite stain? For the most part granite does not stain. True in the fact that natural stone is a porous material, granite is the least porous. Water left on a granite surface over a period of time will show evidence of moisture. It will however evaporate and the dark spot will disappear. Oil left on a granite surface will slowly be absorbed into the stone.
How scratch-resistant is Granite? Under normal use, even cutting directly upon it, you will not mar the finish of your countertop. Unlike any other surface granite will not lose its shine.
How heat-resistant is Granite? Granite (being formed from heat) can withstand a dish hot from the oven or stove directly on its surface.
Will my Granite kitchen counter top chip or crack? Under normal working conditions no, the granite should not break. The base that the stone is sitting on should also be checked for proper installation and being as level as possible. Otherwise in order for stone to crack or chip, it has to be hit with something hard like a hammer, and even then you would have to work at it.
How do I care for my Granite kitchen counter top? Wiping your countertops down with a mild soap and water mixture will work well for everyday cleaning.
Are there other finishes for Granite besides the high polished surface? Usually granite comes in two different finishes. The most popular is the highly polished surface. The other type of finish is called a "honed" finish. This gives the stone a smooth feel but more of a matte finish.
What is the difference between an under mount sink and a drop-in sink? A drop-in or top mount sink, sits on top of the cutout, and does not add any additional cost to the job. An under mount sink is mounted on the bottom of the top, revealing a polished sink cutout opening. One of the benefits to this type of sink is that it provides a smooth surface from kitchen countertop to sink. This type of cutout does include a standard fee, being that it requires additional fabrication
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