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Check out the list of questions most frequently asked by our clients. Please click on the question to see the answer.

Do Granite countertops harbor bacteria?

Granite continues to be used and approved in food and medical applications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have no records of granite harboring bacteria, and have no reports of people becoming ill from bacteria in granite. With regular cleaning, granite is far less likely to support bacteria than butcher block or even laminate materials with top-mounted sinks. This claim has also been tested by the Hospitality Industry. Their article can be found at www.hi-tm.com under “Publications and Reports.”

Is Granite higher priced than solid surface materials?

With increased technology in the stone processing industry, some selections of granite and quartz may share the same price point. Higher prices are a result of uniqueness and sometimes scarcity of the desired material. Both quartz and granite offer a wide variety to choose from.

Can Granite be repaired?

Granite can be re-finished and, in cases of chipping or breaking, it can be repaired via colored epoxies that can take a polish.

When selecting the perfect stone application consider the following:

A. Use: Kitchen counters usually require sturdy material, such as granite or quartz, that can take a lot of heavy wear, from active family use. Bath vanities, table tops, fireplace mantles, as well as flooring, tub, shower and Jacuzzi surrounds can utilize a variety of materials. We can guide you through your project for the best material choices.

B. Color: There are hundreds of colors and variations within color groups to choose from. We have a great selection of material for you to see and many samples to pick from. Whatever your color scheme, we will be able to help you.

C. Cost: Once you have chosen your material and picked your color and decided on your finished edge, we will give you an estimate for your project. You may be pleasantly surprised at our competitive prices. Beautiful stone for your project may be more affordable than you think.

What is the best way to take care of granite products?

Clean the countertop daily with a soft white cloth and a neutral cleaner or household detergent such as Dawn dish soap. Granite countertops are generally sealed at the time of fabrication. Resealing is up to the individual. Granite impregnators, cleaners and disinfectants are available at our office.Spills should be wiped up immediately. Blot the spill with a clean paper towel. If the countertop stains, a poultice may need to be applied. Use the flat side of a razor blade for removing stuck on tape residue, dried paint, glue, dried food, etc. Use #0000 or finer steel wool to remove dried water spots, smudges, hazy areas, and for general cleaning to bring out the shine. Do not use the steel wool wet. Use a pencil eraser to remove aluminum trails.

Do not use acid based cleaners such as rust removers, sterling silver cleaners, etc., on countertop, or place rags saturated with acid based cleaners on countertop. Do not use cleaners containing Hydrofluoric Acid. Do not use strong abrasive cleaners such as Comet or Soft Scrub. Do not leave spills on countertop for prolonged periods of time.