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Granite is an all-natural stone, or rather igneous rock. The word “granite” comes from the Latin granum, a grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of such a holocrystalline rock.
Normally granite is classified in three different groups:
FINE GRAIN: Fine grain granites are those which the feldspar crystals average about 1/16 – 1/8″ in diameter.
MEDIUM GRAIN: Medium grain granites are those in which the feldspar crystals average about 1/4″ in diameter.
COARSE GRAIN: Coarse grain granites are those in which feldspar crystals average 1/2″ , and greater diameter or several centimeters in maximum dimension. Coarse grain granites may have a lower density.
Why is granite good for kitchen countertops?
Granite is one of the hardest stones in the world, making it very difficult to scratch, crack or damage. Just like any solid surface however, a high impact blow can result in a chip.
Another plus of granite for your kitchen is that it is impervious to heat (up to 1200 degrees). This means you can place a hot pot or pan onto the counter without the use of a trivet.
Can I cut on my granite countertop?
Granite is harder than your knife blades so unless you want to ruin your good knives, we wouldn’t suggest it! It’s still best to use a plastic or wooden cutting board rather than your countertop.
Does granite stain?
It is recommended for all granite to have a stone sealer applied after installation. This will protect your granite countertops from stains from oil, wine, or other liquids. While granite has very little porosity, it may still absorb some moisture. Usually, no evidence of a liquid will remain after it has been removed and the stone dries.
Ask us about our Senguard sealer that will last for 15 years rather than the yearly sealer alternatives.
How do I care for my granite countertops?
For day-to-day cleaning of your granite it’s as easy as using soap and water. Follow a cleaning with a drying cloth or paper towel to prevent water spots.
Avoid using everyday household cleaners as they contain ammonia and other harmful chemicals that break down your sealer, making the stone more susceptible to staining and reducing its luster and durability. Common toiletries, like perfume and toothpaste, also contain ingredients that damage stone or degrade the sealer.
We also have our Daily Cleaner and Weekly Polish available is you’d like to use those instead.
Quartz is engineered stone, made from a combination of natural crystals and resin. Quartz countertops are very durable and long lasting, and because quartz is nonporous it does not require the sealing that granite and other natural stone do.
Why is quartz good for kitchen countertops?
Quartz is a nonporous material, making it resilient against dirt, moisture and germs. Also, because of it’s durable materials it is resistant to scratches, dents, scuffs and burns.
However, quartz countertops should not be scraped with metal tools. When cutting food, use a wood or plastic cutting board rather than directly on the countertop.
How do I care for my quartz countertops?
Similar to granite countertops, a mild detergent, such as soap, and water and a soft cloth or paper towel is enough for daily cleaning. Abrasive cleansers or harsh scouring pads and cleansers that contain bleach should not be used with quartz.
What colors do quartz countertops come in?
Quartz is a man-made material that combines the strength of resin with the beauty of natural quartz crystal. This means that the material can be tinted in an almost unlimited range of shades, from cool pastels to rich dark tones, to match your décor.
Marble is any limestone of dolomite that can take a high polish and still be usable. It is primarily made of calcite or dolomite crystals, and can be used in everything from countertops and bathroom vanities to flooring and staircases.
Can you use marble for kitchen countertops?
While not as durable as granite and quartz, marble is still available to be used for kitchen countertops. Be aware that it is much more susceptible to stains and scratches than other countertop options.
How do you care for marble and other soft stones?
One rule of thumb is to never use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. No harsh cleansers, abrasive pads, or other household cleaners such as Windex.
A sealer is absolutely necessary to maintain the look of the stone. Even still, spills should be quickly wiped up.