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Q: How do you take care of granite?

A: A specialized natural stone cleaner such as MB Stone Care™ is ideal for day-to-day granite care.  This stone cleaner can be diluted 1:1 with tap water with no loss of cleaning power.  For everyday use, you can simply use water and a clean rag or paper towel.  You can also use a 20:1 solution of water and a pH neutral soap, such as original formula Dawn™. Make sure that you rinse the countertop with plenty of plain water after using the soap/water solution.  If you do not remove all of the soap solution, you will get a filmy buildup.  Qualey Granite offers products for cleaning and occasional disinfecting.

Q: Can you scratch granite?

A: Granite is one of the hardest stones available.  However, granite is composed of different minerals of different hardness.  Therefore it is recommended that you do not cut on granite.  Cutting on granite will also quickly dull your knives.  Diamonds or materials of a like hardness to granite will scratch granite.

Q: Can you chip or crack granite?

A: Granite will chip only in cases of severe abuse.  In the unlikely event that your granite is chipped, the mark can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture by Qualey Granite.  Granite will not crack with normal use.  

 Q: Does granite burn or stain?

A: You can't burn granite with ordinary use.  Granite is highly resistant to staining.  The only caveat is that a few colors, when left unsealed, may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact.  Usually no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries.  Liquid should be blotted, not wiped.   If staining does occur, please contact us for information on the removal of stains.  Nearly all stains are removable either with a poultice or by Qualey Granite.

Although the granite has had a sealer applied at Qualey Granite’s location, we recommend that a stone sealer also be applied approximately every year after installation.  Certain stones need to be sealed more or less frequently (and some not at all); please ask us about the care of your particular stone.  To determine if your countertop needs to be sealed, pour a small amount of plain water on the granite; if some of the water is almost immediately absorbed, your countertop should be sealed.  Qualey Granite & Stone offers MB Stone Care™ Impregnator; contact us for more information.

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