Should you seal your Natural Stone countertop?
We would always recommend sealing any natural stone counter top. However we have found that the darker materials are denser materials that seem to absorb at a slower rate than the lighter materials. Marbles are generally more porous than granites, but your lighter granites are more porous than your darker ones. Nothing a good coat of sealer can’t fix.
How to clean your Natural stone?
When cleaning your Natural stone be it granite, marble, sandstone or onyx make sure your detergent is very mild and not too harsh. Stay away from detergents with ammonia or any strong acidic chemicals. A mixture of water and dish washing detergent is what we recommend or even a Natural Stone cleaner would be ideal, if you want to be sure your stone looks good for longer.
How to seal your counter top or wall cladding?
Depending on the type of Natural stone you have we would recommend sealing it with a good quality sealer once every 3-6 months or dependant on a water test. Make sure the surface of the stone is clean, free from dust or any oily marks and dry. Once your surface is clean and dry you can apply your sealer. You will need a cloth or sponge to apply the sealer and a secondary dry cloth to wipe dry after application of sealer. You would apply the sealer onto your natural stone counter top and wait for approximately 5 minutes. Then with your secondary dry cloth you wipe the residue off the surface of the stone. Do a water test after sealing in order to see whether another coat of sealer is needed. Make sure that you do not seal any stains into your material.
What is a water test?
This is a simple exercise used to determine whether your natural stone needs a coat of sealer. Sprinkle some water onto the surface of the stone, wait about 5 minutes and wipe the water away. If the water has left a wet patch on your natural stone then you know it needs a coat of sealer. Make sure the patch evaporates completely before applying a sealer.
What material best for my kitchen?
With a passion for natural stone and a offering of materials for any need we would definitely suggest you go visit one of our branches to view our selection. We have a great knowledge about our materials and we will guide you in the right direction, so that we can help you build the kitchen you have always wanted.
Dark granite or light granite?
Light granites are just beautiful. They allow for stunning looking kitchens with modern feels. Lighter granites do require slight more maintenance as they require sealing a little more often depending on the stone. Darker granites a generally denser and require less sealing. Darker granites are great for hard working kitchens that see a lot of use day in and day out, like in restaurants or bars. They do wonders in a residential environment but then so does a well maintained light granite.
Is Marble suitable for a kitchen?
Marble calls you, it has a certain feel that nothing else can give you, but it comes at a price. Marbles are porous and can absorb stains quicker than granites when they aren’t properly sealed. They also have a certain mineral called calcite; this allows marbles to lose their shine if anything too acidic is used or spilled on a polished surface. If you use a marble in the kitchen we would recommend you have it honed so that etching is no longer a factor. Marble also scratches slightly easier than granite but those little scratches add charm in our opinion. Structurally marbles are good enough for kitchens but when installing them extra support is advised.
Which one, Granite or Quartz surfaces?
As we stock both materials and have supplied large amounts of both we have come to realize it’s down to taste. Each has their own positives and small negatives. Granites are 100% natural so just the idea that you have something that has formed naturally millions of years ago from the earth’s crust is quite amazing. The colors are like Mother Nature’s artwork and cannot be replicated by anything engineered. We have specially selected a range of Natural stone that could achieve most required looks in any environment be it modern or contemporary. Granites should be viewed in slab form before installation, as what you might see on a computer screen or sample could vary from what is currently in stock at our slab yards.
Quartz surfaces are great surfaces if you looking for a very clean and ultra modern look, with their understated movements and vague colors. Quartz surfaces do not stain easily and are easier for manufacturers to work with. Do not put a very hot pot or pan onto your quartz surface. Granites tend to handle heat better than Quartz products. Quartz products are not great for outdoor use and are recommended for indoor use only. Granites are great for both environments. It is normal to select a Engineered stone from a sample if need be. If consistency is paramount then a quartz product might be what you looking for.