Granite is a sedimentary stone, which means it’s grainy. Ever notice the little dots of varying color within the stone? The Latin word for granite, granum, means “a grain,” referring to the nature of the stones appearance. The stone is formed after sedimentation hardens, and the composition being so high in quartz makes it an extremely strong material.
It is for it’s density and hardness that granite is a top choice for surfaces that see intense or extreme traffic and wear. Lobby floors in commercial buildings, kitchen countertops, and bathroom vanity tops are common uses.
The stone is natural, so it is not indestructible. For example, I would never take a hammer to it, though you would be surprised at how tough it really is. You can cut right on the surface without worry of scratching it. It has a high heat resistance, so you can take the pot of boiling pasta or brownie right out of the oven right on the surface with no worries.
You do need to seal the surface of granite, and depending on how much traffic the surface gets, you should seal more often; once, or twice a year.
Because of its durability and beauty, granite will increase the resale value of your home compared to many other surfaces. If you have no plans of selling, granite gives you a peace of mind that your counter top will continue offering you value, function, and beauty for many, many years to come.
There are some “granite alternatives” out there, such as Silestone, which combine the strong quartz material that makes up granite with a cement composite. The material is extremely durable and does not need to be sealed like granite, but as hard as the industry has tried, it still doesn’t compare in the depth of color and pattern that the natural stone offers.
If you are looking at remodeling your kitchen, get in touch with us at Marble Design Center so that we can help you plan the process. We offer free in-home estimates, as well as on-site consultation at wholesalers of granite slab and natural stone tile.
We can also offer you information on taking care of your kitchen counter top or vanity top.
We service Southern California, specifically Orange County and the surrounding areas.
Our craftsmen are truly artists, able to create any pattern or edge detail using state of the art fabrication machines, or doing it the traditional way to get you the kinds of design that machines can’t make.
Homes are not the same, and tastes are not the same. We can offer design options and deliver them in the highest quality because of our own personal experience in the field of granite installation, but also in the crews we manage. Know that not only is your project in great hands, but we are able to do just about anything you imagine for your home.
Limitations do exist if time is an issue for you, as was for many investors in the housing boom only a few years ago. If you have the time, we will take the time to ensure you exceptional quality. We hope you will refer us, and continue to use us as other projects arise.
Granite is a wonderful material for kitchen countertops, and Marble Design Center of Orange County should be your choice in Southern California, with references in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clement, and all the surrounding areas.
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Although granite is the strongest natural stone material that you can install in your home, it is still a natural material. As such, there are a few things you should be aware of to make sure the material remains as beautiful as the day you installed it.
The simple solution: make sure you seal it properly.
Using granite and natural stone counter top sealer will add protection against staining, as well as help keep the stone conditioned for shine. Granite is also porous, and sealing it properly will offer resilience against the material absorbing oils, or being damaged by acids.
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Yes, natural materials are porous, and granite is no exception. Pores can absorb liquids and oils, and once the stain is in, it is impossible to get out.
Do NOT take a pot or pan that has hot, sizzling grease dripping from it and lay it on your granite surface. The combination of heat and oil could penetrate the granite, especially if it’s been a while since the last time you sealed. A hot tea kettle, or pan with no grease or oil that will interact with the granite is fine; granite is highly resilient to heat.
Granite is the property of dramatic color and pattern, so stains are hidden easily and rarely seen. Proper care will ensure that they don’t occur at all – seal your natural stone!
What Should You Clean With?
Try not to use anything acidic. We cringe when people tell us that they have been using certain materials to clean their natural stone surfaces, but many of our customers are comfortable with habit. More often than not, we hear them say “I’ve been cleaning with this for years. It’s fine.” We prefer soap, and water. Very little soap…mostly just water.
Although it is not as hard as diamonds, granite is super strong! It is VERY unlikely that you will find a way to scratch it. Go ahead and cut on the surface if you like; we recommend using a cutting board to preserve the integrity of your sharp knives.
So how is it sealed? Make sure your surface is clean. In my own home, I wipe it down with a sponge at night and give it 10 minutes to dry. I tend to do this at night before going to bed. Then grab your preferred natural stone sealer (specific to granite counters and surfaces) and damped a dish towel. Make sure to wipe down the entire counter area, including back splash, covering all surfaces. Go to bed and wake up the next morning with a sealed granite counter top or vanity top.
How often should you do this? I do it once a year, though some high traffic kitchens could use sealing once every six months.
You don’t need to do with for fireplace surrounds, though it’s so easy, you might as well.
Have More Questions?
Contact us at Marble Design Center of Orange County for more information on taking care of your natural stone granite kitchn counter top or bathroom vanity tops.