To look after your
granite work top.
Granites differ in their texture but
they all have similar properties such as
their resistance to the invasive action
of most substances found in the house. Unlike marble and limestone, granite is
the least affected by acids or alcohol.
It shouldn't be damaged from standing
hot utensils on it or by sharp knives.
(Having said that, the new fusion edge
knives claim to be able to cut anything
- you have been warned!)
Carry all the products to maintain your
Stones Are Porous
All stones, due to their granular
construction, are porous to a greater or
lesser extent and most granites fall
into the latter category. To reduce the
slight ability of granite to absorb
liquids we treat the surface with a
proprietary sealer that penetrates the
surface and fills the microscopic voids
between the crystals. This process is
first done in the shop at the
completion of manufacturing and again when
installed. However, you should be aware
that with the lighter colored granites
you may experience slight darkening of
the stone in areas where water has been
allowed to stand, but this should fade
away as it dries out. Beetroot, wine
and cooking oil, particularly when hot,
may cause a stain on your marble or
granite work top, and you should always
clean this up immediately with paper
towel. If stains appear refer to "Removing Stains"
Acids and Alcohol
Marble and Limestone are susceptible to
the aggressive action of acids and
alcohol. Care should
be taken to remove
spillages of fruit juice, particularly
lemon, wine and vinegar, beetroot etc.
the residue of red wine on the base
of wineglasses will leave its mark. Nail
polish remover and any other solvent or oil
based products will stain if not wiped
for Your Countertop"
reputation for toughness, stone can be stained,
scratched and chipped. That's the bad news. The good
news is that most of the time damaged stone floors
and countertops can be made to look like new again.
happen. But stains don't have to be permanent. the
right cleaning agent, mixed with a powdered
poultice, can suck stubborn
spots out of solid rock.
Repairing Chips & Scratches
Scratches & Chips are
best repaired in place by a professional refinisher
with the proper tools and skills. First, the
refinisher will fill any chips and deep gouges with
special polyester or epoxy, tinted on site to match
the color of stone. Then the scratches & chips are
honed with several increasingly fine diamond coated
abrasive pads until polished to match existing
The best way to
improve stone's stain
resistance is to apply a
penetrating sealer, also know as an impregnator. Unlike waxes or other
coatings, these sealers go below the surfaces and
protect the stone from within. The premium sealers-
such as Miracle Sealants 511 product line and Stone
Care International's Stone Guard- contain a chemical
known as a fluo-alphatic, which repels both water
and /or oil based stains. Penetrating sealers that
contain silicone only repel water.
countertops need to be sealed. Some stone is so
dense that staining isn't a serious problem. The
test is simple: Just place a drop of water on the
surface. If it doesn't darken the stone after
several minutes, a sealer is optional. But if the
area under the drop becomes dark the stone is then
porous and should be sealed.
MTM Granite Seals "ALL" Products Produced.