In a few weeks we will be the happy ( I hope) owners of $4000 worth of
granite countertops, and since this material is new to me I was wondering if
there are any real world tips on this stuff, what to do or not to do to it
etc. Not just the info from the stone company, I can read that, I am looking
for info from people who have had it for a while and learned the tricks.
Some things I was thinking about were;
Anything special I should do while installing the cabinets that the counters
will rest on? ( the stone will be installed by the dealer, so I don't have
to worry about that).
How often and the best chemicals to treat it with? Cleaning?
How tough is it..does it chip or scratch?
Will heat hurt it? Hot pots?
Food stains..anything to really avoid?
Ours was installed a few years ado and I found a couple of sites but
no longer have their URLs. One tip was not to use acetone to remove a
stain umtil you check an inconspicuous spot to see if the acetone
removes the dye that some people use to disguise granite. Seems like
one of the sites had NTC acronym.
the care for the granite depends upon how porous the Granite is that depends
upon the color of the granite!
this site has some good info
Best think to do is take a scrap piece there will usually be a piece where
they cut out the sink or from the back splash.
Make sure you get a scrap from the install. Put some lemon juice on it and
see if it stains.
In general I believe darker colors are less porous than lighter.
Use 511 Impregnator to seal the granite once a year and you should be fine.
Cleaning is pretty simple you can use dishwashing liquid with a scotch pad.
409 works fine as does glass cleaner.
You can see my countertops at
True granite (geologically) is a very specific type of rock...the primarily
pink-red stuff with white and some black. What is sold as "granite" for
counter tops would be better called "granitic", as they range from
granodiorite to labradorite. All of them have similar mineral compositions
but in varying degrees; consequently, they vary in scratch resistance.
Minerals include corundum (hardest), quartz (hard), various feldspars
(softer)...even calcite (soft). You won't be scratching the corundum
components (unless you use a diamond) but the calcite is easily scratched.
Even the quartz can be scratched.
So yes, it can be scratched. And yes, it can easily chip (especially on an
edge) as it is very brittle. However, it isn't *easily* scratched or
chipped...it's about as tough as you can get.
Heat shouldn't hurt it. Lots of heat followed by lots of cold could crack
Avoid acidic things and ask your supplier how to treat/care for it.
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It should come with a layer of sealer on it. Our first guy said to use "51
Impregnator" which is waterbased, once a year.
Now in the second house, the new guy says he doesnt like the waterbased
stuff. He s going to give us some of what he uses.
I wouldnt use 409 or anything with ammonia, including Windex to clean it.
That can remove the sealer.
Our new guy says to use a little liquid dishsoap and water. I've had good
results with Glass Plus (no ammonia) and paper towels.
Yea, ours was 4Grand too but SWMBO likes it and thats what counts
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On Saturday, June 5, 2004 11:07:51 PM UTC-7, Mikey S. wrote:
1.Is your kitchen sink going to be under mount or over mount? In other words, is the rim of the sink going to be under the counter or over it? If the rim of the sink is going to be under the counter YOU MUST make sure that the contractor applies good quality clear silicone sealer or caulk on the top of the rim of the sink BEFORE placing the countertop over it. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you do not do this you will be having problems as long as you live there.
2. If there is going to be a seam on the countertop make sure that the seam is NOT where the kitchen sink is. Have them install a different sink if you have to but DO NOT let them put the seam where the sink is.
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