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Stone Countertop 7 Care Tips   1. Do clean with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap or a dishwashing detergent and warm water. 2. Don’t use water-based solvents for dark granite because they will remove the polish from the surface. 3. Do remove stains with special absorbent poultices formulated for use on stone. 4. Don’t use products containing lemon, vinegar or other acids as these may etch or dull the surface. 5. Do keep surfaces free of debris and sharp objects to prevent scratching and marring. 6. Don’t leave spilled liquids for a prolonged period of time. 7. Do apply a penetrating sealer to prevent contaminants from being absorbed into the stone. Q: Can I use vinegar to clean my countertops? A. No. Vinegar is an acidic cleaner. Typically most household cleaners are either acidic or caustic. Though vinegar may not affect granite, it will definitely etch marble. Ideally all natural stone should be cleaned with cleaners specifically manufactured for natural stone. Q: How will I know when it is time to reseal? A. Many people in the stone industry recommend an annual re-sealing of your stone. However, many types of granite are harder than others and may never need to be re¬sealed. If you notice water absorption into the countertop or darker areas around the sink, that is an indicator that it is time to re-seal.
Stone Installation   Q: Why are some stones more expensive than others? A. Availability, quarry location, the scarcity of the color, and the amount of labor required to extract the stones all affect the price of natural stone. Q: Can I use natural stone in a steam shower? A. Yes. Natural stone is commonly used in steam shower applications. Because mold and mildew thrive in warm, humid places, the steam shower should be well ventilated between uses so that the space will dry thoroughly. The stone should be sealed properly and cleaned with cleansers designed to be used on natural stone. Q: How far can granite extend beyond the cabinetry without additional support? A. According to the Marble Institute of America, corbels or structured support should be used when an overhang exceeds 10" for 3cm material or 6" for 2cm material. Q: When a tiled surface is sealed, is the grout sealed as well? A. Yes, sealers or impregnators designed for natural stone add the same protective qualities to the grout as they would the surface of the stone. When applying a color enhancing sealer, the grout color will also be affected. Q: Is color enhancer a sealer also? A. Most color enhancing sealers do retain the same properties of other sealers with the added benefit of enhancing the color. Q: How can I minimize the seams in my kitchen? A. On average, granite slabs are approx 110" x 66". Though in some colors, 120" slabs are not unusual. While planning your kitchen, keep these sizes in mind. Extremely large islands may require a seam or the color selection in unusually large slabs will be very limited. Q: Can a polished top be honed after it has been installed? A. Yes. However it would definitely have to be done by a restoration professional. Plumbing fixtures, cooktops, and overmount sinks would all need to be removed prior to the honing process. Though it is possible to hone installed countertops, it is not the preferred method of achieving a honed surface. Ideally the honing process should always take place prior to installation. Q: If the marble in my kitchen has been honed, will it still show wear? A. Yes. Although the vulnerability of the polish on marble is one of the reasons marble is often honed when used in the kitchen, honed marble is still susceptible to staining and scratching. Removing the polish does help to camouflage the wearing of the stone and makes the surface have a patina, or "aged" effect.
Stone Questions Q: Why are there multiple names for the same stone color?   A. Many stones have a proprietary name from the quarry. However, many times there is more than one quarry of the same stone and each quarry may refer to their particular stone by a different name. Also, stone marketers may assign their own name to a stone for branding purposes. Q: Could there be a fossil in my stone?   A. Yes. Many marbles and limestones do contain fossils. The fossils are formed from the skeletal materials of marine organisms. Q: Are veins weak spots in my stone?   A. Not necessarily. Veins are color variations in the stone, however in some materials natural flaws can exist within the vein, which enhances the color and is characteristic of that stone. Structurally with today's processing, these materials meet the strength requirements for countertop use. Q: Why do some stones have a mesh backing glued to them?   A. Mesh backing improves the stability of the stone for shipping and fabrication. Many exotic materials would otherwise not remain intact during processing. Once these materials are installed however, they do meet the strength requirements for countertop use. Q: What is an antiqued finish?   A. Instead of the normal process of polishing granite, the polishing bricks are replaced with abrasive brushes which leave a satin textured finish.
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