Granite & Marble

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What is granite?

Granite is an igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed primarily of feldspar, quartz, and mica. It starts off as liquid magma deep within the earth's core where it is cooled and compressed over millions of years under tons of pressure. It is then quarried, cut and polished. After that process it can be applied in various ways like kitchen countertops, vanity tops, fireplace surrounds as well as jacuzzi surrounds and other custom designs.

What is the difference between granite and marble?

Granite is a very durable stone. It is also much harder than marble. Granite has been used in the past in the commercial industry. Some of the obvious applications have been panels on the outside of buildings, walls, and floors of "high-traffic" areas. Granite will withstand almost any element it comes up against including heat and cold.
The main difference between granite and marble is that granite is a highly dense matrial composed deep inside the earth's core while marble is formed from sediments under the seabed. Both solidify into stone after millions of years butr the mineral composition of the two stones makes marble and granite react differently to various chemicals and household cleaners.

How do I clean my granite?

Granite itself is approximately 95-98% stain resistant but, we use a special impregnator on all of our natural stone products. This will insure lasting life and beauty. Polished granite should receive the same cleaning care as polished marble, preferably using specially formulated granite cleaner or using a mild phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish-soap, soap flakes or powder which contains no aromatics. Followed by a thorough rinsing and drying with cotton-flannel or chamois. If you are going to go with just plain soap and water, keep in mind that this can lead to soap build up. This, in turn, will dull your countertop's finish significantly and you don't want that. When using a granite cleaner, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off well using a soft cloth. This will work best.

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