Granite Solid Surface Countertops in West Michigan
An Ideal Stone for Kitchen Countertops & Floors
Because of it's durability and longevity granite is great for heavily used surfaces. Available in every color imaginable, it has become one of the most popular stones on the market. Leading consumer magazines have given granite the highest overall performance rating as a kitchen countertop material.
Cleaning your granite:
Use warm water and a small amount of non-abrasive soap
• Rinse with clear warm water
• Dry thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth
Please note: Cleaners and disinfectants made specifically for silica/quartz-based stones are available at most home centers, hardware stores, stone fabrication shops, and flooring centers. (Directions for use are printed on the label)
The American Geological Institute defines granite as an intrusive igneous rock composed of 25% - 35% quartz and over 50% potassium and sodium rich feldspars, with a common accessory mineral of less than 20%, usually muscovite, biotite, or hornblende.
The color of granite is governed largely by that of the feldspar, usually the most abundant mineral. However if considerable amounts of quartz, hornblende, or mica are present the color may be modified.
Bacteria requires several things in order to thrive and grow: oxygen, water, sunlight, nutrients, and a substrate to form on. The minerals in granite are toxic to bacteria. As a result, there is no habitable environment for bacteria to live and grow on a granite surface.
GRANITE CARE & MAINTENANCE
Granite countertops are easy to care for and maintain. It is the most durable and elegant surface for your countertops and solid surfaces. Granite countertops are very beautiful and can add value to your house. Granite is a very tough natural stone. But even though granite is a hard, non-porous stone, you still need to use care to maintain its beauty and value.
When you have your granite countertops installed, only use mild soap and water to clean them. Bleach or other hard chemicals are absolutely not necessary. Granite does not harbor bacteria as long as it has been sealed. A sealer will prevent anything from absorbing into the granite.
1. Clean your counters often to avoid dirt and grime build up. Always avoid placing anything gritty on the granite, and if any grit does get on the countertop, remove it immediately.
2. Use a natural oil based cleaner on your granite counters. Also, use a synthetic scrubbing pad. Avoid using anything too abrasive.
3. Wipe up a spill as soon as it happens. Lighter granites can stain more easily than darker ones. Foods like coffee, red wine or tomatoes can stain quickly.
4 Re-seal your granite according to the manufacturer's instructions. This will help prevent stains on your granite countertops when you do have a spill.
5. Always avoid setting hot pots on your granite countertop if it has been resined with epoxy during manufacturing. The granite will be fine but the epoxy can be ruined and it is not easily repaired.
6. Do not use any ammonia based products, turpentine or scouring cleaners. Do not use rust removers or acid based cleaners. Also keep oven and drain cleaners off your granite countertops.