The answer lies in the true and purest difference between the basic stone groups we sell. If we can impart an understanding of these differences we can increase the chance that the end user will be happy with the stone selected - and more than anything else, that's the key to our success. The two most important words we need to remember are "carbonate" and "silicate". Simply stated, the important difference is that a carbonate is acid sensitive and a silicate is not. A silicate, like granite, for example, does not react to acid. If we take a lemon (citric acid), something found regularly in our kitchens, and squeeze the juice onto the stone, nothing happens. If we take the same lemon and squeeze the juice onto a carbonate, such as marble, the stone starts to dissolve immediately. Like Tums, also a calcium carbonate, the stone neutralizes the acid quickly so the damage is not deep. Unfortunately though, the damage will be the loss of the smooth finished surface. Acids will do more damage to a polished stone then a honed or matte finish.

Granite is the hardest material second only to Diamonds and it can withstand heat up to 1800 degrees....No wonderr Granite is the best choice as a countertop material.

Does Granite Scratch Easily?
No. Granite is much more scratch resistant than other countertop surfaces. It is a very durable work surface and has proven itself over the centuries. The only things that can scratch granite are carbide, diamond or another piece of granite.

Maintenance Tips: Do Granite Countertops Need to be Sealed?
Some granites are more porous than others and do need to be sealed to prevent spills from seeping into the stone. However, all our granite countertops are sealed during the fabrication process and again upon installation. The rule of thumb is that when the water no longer beads up, it's time to re-seal. That may vary from 1-5 years depending upon usage. The Sealant is available in a liquid form, easily available (we stock it too) and very easy to apply when required. A sealant consists of microscopic balls of silicone that attach themselves to the crevices inside the stone. Once they are attached to the stone, these balls become a permanent part of the stone and acts as shields when any kind of liquid lands on them and the same is not penetrated into the stone.

How Can Stains Be Removed?
Removing a stain is a three-part process, the first stage involves identifying the stain, the second stage involves loosening or dissolving the stain and the third stage involves lifting the stain from the stone. Any spill should be cleaned as soon as possible. Blot spills with a paper towel or clean rag. At this stage, it is important only to blot; wiping a spill may spread it over a larger area, making a larger mess. Use only cold water and stone soap or a neutral cleaner. Rinse the area several times. If a stain is still present, a chemical poultice may have to be applied. Avoid using chemicals of any kind until you know which chemical cleaner to use. If these things fail, it is often best to call a stone maintenance professional. If you are interested, there is a great book written by Fred Houston "Stain Removal Guide for Stone".