Q: What do I need to do in order to care and maintain my new countertops?
A: Counter tops should be cleaned with a mild liquid dishwashing detergent & warm water. Do not use anything with any harsh chemicals or amonia, as amonia is naturally destructive to stone
Q: What is a sealer and how do I know when it is time to apply this to my stone countertops?
A: Sealer will decrease the opportunity for staining your counter tops, and some sealers have Microban germ killing protection. A protected stone will be easier to clean, resist staining, and provide you a safer, healthier environment.
To test your countertops sealants, apply a drop of water at least ½-inch in diameter to the stone and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Cover with a glass to reduce evaporation. If the stone does not darken then it is probably sealed against water-based stains.
Q: What is the difference between marble and granite?
A: Most of the time marble and granite can be identified by visible particles at the surface of the stone. Marble has veining and granite has a more fleck like/ granular appearance. Natural stone is categorized into two general categories according to its composition. Siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica or quartz like particles. It tends to be very durable and easy to clean. Included in this category are granite, slate, and sandstone. Calcareous stone is composed mainly of calcium carbonate. It is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and frequently requires different cleaning procedures than siliceous stone. Types of these stones include marble, travertine, limestone & onyx.
Q: Will my stone have visible seams?
A: Many stone installations will require a seam. During Templating, we work with you to lay everything out with a minimum amount of seams and to put the necessary seams in the least conspicuous areas.
Q: Does granite stain?
A: With most granites it’s impossible to stain, and never has to be sealed. However we seal everything that we fabricate. We even have a sealer available with a 15 year stain warranty.