Granite is one of the most popular materials for years because of its incredible durability. It works great on countertops because it is scratch resistant, heat resistant and once sealed it holds up well against stains! You can’t go wrong with granite countertops because of its unique characteristics. Granite can take a higher heat than other natural stone, but still requires a sealant because there are varying levels of absorbency.
Quartz is a man made engineered stone. Quartz is made from 90-95% quartzite mined together with 5-10% resins, polymers, and other pigments to create a unique and trendy design. It is a very durable material. It is heat resistant and scratch resistant. Quartz has a wide variety of colors. It is non-porous so it does not need to be sealed. It can discolor overtime with direct sunlight.
Marble is a natural stone that is very easily recognized due to its beautiful characteristics. It is important to understand its ability to scratch, stain, and etch easier than other stones. Most of these issues can be prevented by using proper sealant and cutting boards during regular use. Over time it is highly likely for some areas of the stone to etch. It is a small sacrifice for years of enjoyment.
Quartzite is a natural stone. Often called ” the granite that looks like marble”. In essence, quartzite is a fusion of marble and granite, creating the elegant look of marble, with the durability of granite. Extremely popular due to its marble-like appearance and granite-like properties, which make it an ideal choice to be used in kitchens. Hardness of quartzite makes it extremely resistant to water absorption, heat, & scratches. It does require sealing to protect its natural beauty.
Soapstone is a natural stone that is virtually maintenance free. The material is non-porous and etch-resistant, and can handle the highest amount of heat of all other natural stones. This material does not need to be sealed. Scratches and nicks are a common part of its character due to its softer characteristics but bothersome marks can be removed with sandpaper. Soapstone is also easily refinished and restored, so it can be updated over time if desired.
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Natural Stone Care
We recommend you seal your natural stone every 6-12 months. As common practice it is best to wipe up spills as soon as possible and use coaster/ trivets. For cleaning we recommend warm water and mild soap. You can also use a natural stone cleaner. Do Not use products that contain vinegar, bleach, ammonia, abrasives, acids, or scouring powders/ creams. These can etch the surface of the stone and cause permanent damage.
Quartz Stone Care
Quartz is a maintenance free stone. Unlike popular granite, quartz stone resists stains from fruit juices, wine, and food coloring. Quartz stones do not require sealing.. To clean this type of surface, simply wash with soap and warm water or non-abrasive cleaner. Products containing oils or powders may leave residue. Use of abrasive scrubbers or oven/grill cleaners may dull the quartz stone’s finish or even discolor. Hot objects should not be placed directly on quartz countertops as they can cause damage. It is recommended to always use trivets under pots/pans, crockpots, etc. Outdoor use is not recommended.