Natural stone varies in color and texture even among pieces from the same source. This perfectly lends itself to unique designs and distinctive, striking applications.
Myths & Facts
GRANITE MYTHS & FACTS
Granite Stains Easily
Granite is resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. However, even water can soak into a granite countertop and leave a dark colored spot. This will evaporate out. Liquids that do not evaporate, such as oils, will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.
Granite Stains Permanently
Most stains in granite can be removed. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice kit that will draw out the oil from the stone.
Granite Requires a Lot of Maintenance
Routine cleaning with mild soap and water is all that is generally required. We recommend a simple water bead test each year. Dropping a few drops of water on to the granite, the water should bead up similar to after you have waxed your car. If it does, your sealer is good for another year. If not, it is time to reseal. A reapplication of penetrating sealer is done professionally and is usually completed in under an hour. Our trained staff offers this service. Call out office in order to schedule an appointment.
Heat Damages Granite
Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans. However, we still recommend you protect your investment by continuing to use hot pads. The heat will not harm the stone, it can scorch the sealer. Many species of stone have natural fissures and these can open up if a significant amount of heat is applied to the cold stone. Stone is naturally cold. Therefore, pyrex or glass dishes that come out of the oven, microwave, or dishwasher hot, might crack when placed on the granite surface. This is a reaction known as Thermal Shock, caused by extreme differences in temperature. It is always best to use a hot pad.
Granite is Porous and Harbors Bacteria
Bacteria are found everywhere. If it is on a granite surface, it would also be found on a laminate, solid surface, or quartz top. Using an antibacterial soap with water to wash your granite countertop is the best preventive measure.
You Can Cut Directly on Granite
You can, but it’s not recommended. Regular steel knives are no match for the hardness of granite and your knives will dull.
Natural Characteristics of Granite
As is the case with any natural stone material, there will be variations in color and markings in each individual natural stone. These variations should not be regarded as defects. They are characteristics of a natural stone that give the material its uniqueness and dramatic beauty. We encourage you to take the opportunity to personally approve your natural stone lot at Gordon Creek Granite. Sample provided at fabrication of your selection.
With polished granite, any or all of the following natural characteristics may be present:
- Areas that have been filled with a matching color epoxy do not compromise the integrity and strength of the material.
- Variations in veining, color, and movement that may be present in any natural material. Material that are referred to as “swirl” granite exhibit more of these types of natural occurrences.
- Fissures: small visible lines on the surface of the polished honed slab which rarely indicated or affects the structural integrity of the product.
- Beauty marks: natural mineral deposit concentrations that can be seen intensified spots or lines of color, or areas with compromised polishing ability.
- Pitting: “pock marks” of varying size on the surface of a slab which are a result of the tightness of the material grain and the material’s ability to accept a polished finish.
The presence of any of these characteristics adds to the uniqueness of your material, and in the majority of cases does not compromise the durability of your product.
Due to the large volume of natural stone we purchase from our suppliers, Gordon Creek Granite reserves the right to refuse any natural stone lot that does not meet the highest quality standards, including shipments containing heavy pitting or markings, faded coloration, or excessive cracking. We are committed to using only the best valued products for your counter tops.
Care & Maintenance
Granite Care & Maintenance
Every granite that we carry, comes out of our shop, has a seal applied to the granite. Much like washing a car, if the water is still beading up, it’s in good shape. Should you notice that water isn’t beading up, it’s time to reseal. The sealer (dry treat) is not a lacquer. All granite needs to breath. It is not making it so that it is impenetrable. The seal buys you time to clean up any spills that may occur.
You may opt to have our expert installers reapply the seal. Dry treat needs to be reapplied by our expert installers. For more information, please contact us.
Clean your granite with soap and water.
Do not use ammonia or citrus-based cleaners on your granite as this will react with the calcium naturally occurring in granite resulting in pitting over time. Granite naturally has pits and fissures, but these cleaners will cause even more.
We suggest an All-In-One Cleaner specially formulated with our seal ($14.95/bottle) and available in our showroom. This cleaner is applied with a soft cloth (included with cleaner), and then buffed off with another dry soft cloth. It will give your granite a bit of ‘pop!’ It’s perfect to use before company comes over. But all that is truly needed to clean your granite is soap and water. DO NOT buy box store granite cleaners, as some of these contain solvents which will damage the seal. We also carry a Scum and Mineral Deposit Remover ($14.95/bottle) which naturally restores surfaces by powering away soap scum, water and mineral deposits on granite, stone, fiberglass, tile and more.
Use hot pads and cutting boards.
Granite is an investment, and whereas it will not likely damage your granite to place a hot pot on its surface, it can cause the seal to be scorched and leave a mark. This can be fixed by stripping off the seal with acetone and reapplying the seal. *Note: Acetone is fingernail polish remover, therefore, you should not do your nails on granite countertops. Cutting on granite will not harm it, but it will ruin the blade of your knives. If you should accidentally chip your granite, save the chip and contact us so we may repair it.