Care and Maintenance
Granite | Quartz 


General Information 

Granite is heat resistant and can withstand placement of cooking vessels directly from the stove or oven to the counter top. 
Granite is scratch resistant. However, we do not suggest using it as a cutting surface. Over time, repeated use as a cutting surface can dull the knife blade and finish. 

It takes a great deal of force to chip or crack a granite countertop, but things happen. If you have a chip or crack in your material please contact us

Cleaning 

To keep your granite counter tops clean, use a microfiber cloth to dust off the countertop surfaces. Wipe down the countertops daily and as needed using water. Once a week wipe down with a damp cloth and a stone cleaner or neutral pH cleaner. Do NOT use abrasive cleaners, lemon, orange, 100% ammonia, or 100% vinegar as they can scratch, pit or etch the surface of the stone. 

Honed Finishes 

Honed finishes require more frequent cleaning to maintain their appearance. Metal marks, finger prints, and other signs of daily living are more apparent. However, visible marks such as these can be removed by using a damp cloth and stone cleaner or neutral pH cleaner. 

Sealing 

Your granite has been sealed in our shop and during installation at least 4 times, but we do suggest you reseal it once a year with a commercially available sealant. Sealants are available at your local Lowes, Home Depot, McLendon, etc. The following explains this process:
1. Uniformly apply the sealer to your countertop using a clean white rag. 
2. Let the sealer absorb into the stone for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. 
3. When the sealer is almost dry, apply a little more sealer on your granite and then rub it in with a dry, clean rag. 
4. Repeat on the next section of stone until your entire countertop is sealed. 
5. Wait at least two hours and then apply a second application the wait time will depend on your specific brand of sealer. 

Stains 

Making and Using a Poultice 

A poultice is a liquid cleaner or chemical mixed with a white absorbent material to form a paste about the consistency of peanut butter. The poultice is spread over the stained area to a thickness of about ¼ to ½ inch with a wood or plastic spatula, covered with plastic and left to work for 24 to 48 hours. The liquid cleaner or chemical will draw out the stain into the absorbent material. Poultice procedures may have to be repeated to thoroughly remove a stain, but some stains may never be completely removed. 

Poultice Materials 
Poultice materials include kaolin, fuller’s earth, whiting, diatomaceous earth, powdered chalk, white molding plaster or talc. Approximately one pound of prepared poultice material will cover one square foot. Do not use whiting or iron-type clays such as fuller’s earth with acid chemicals. The reaction will cancel the effect of the poultice. A poultice can also be prepared using white cotton balls, white paper towels, or gauze pads. 

Applying the Poultice 
1. Prepare the poultice. If using powder, mix the cleaning agent or chemical to a thick paste the consistency of peanut butter. If using paper, soak in the chemical and let drain. Don’t let the liquid drip. 
2. Wet the stained area with distilled water. 
3. Apply the poultice to the stained area about ¼ to ½ in thick and extend the poultice beyond the stained area by about one inch. Use wood or plastic scraper to spread the poultice evenly. 
4. Cover the poultice with plastic and tape the edges to seal it. 
5. Allow the poultice to dry thoroughly, usual 24 to 48 hours. The drying process is what pulls the stain out of the stone and into the poultice material. After about 24 hours, remove the plastic and allow the poultice to dry. 
6. Remove the poultice from the stain. Rinse with distilled water and buff dry with a soft cloth. Use the wood or plastic scraper if necessary. 
7. Repeat the poultice application if the stain is not removed. It may take up to five applications for difficult stains. 
8. If the surface is etched by the chemical, apply polishing powder and buff with burlap or felt buffing pad to restore the surface. 

Tips for common stains

Oil-Based Stain (AKA. Grease, cooking oil, milk, cosmetics) 
Clean gently with a soft, liquid cleanser with bleach or household detergent or ammonia or acetone; Poultice with baking soda and water or one of the powdered poultices materials and mineral spirits 

Organic (AKA. Coffee, tea, fruit, food) 
Clean with a 12% hydrogen peroxide (hair bleaching strength) and a few drops of ammonia; Poultice with one of the powdered poultice materials and 12% hydrogen peroxide solution (hair bleaching strength) or use acetone instead of the hydrogen peroxide 

Metal (Iron, rust, brass) 
Clean with poultice of diatomaceous earth and a commercially available rust remover. Rust stains are particularly difficult to remove. You may need to call a professional. 

Biological (algae, mildew, lichens, moss, fungi) 
Clean with diluted (½ cup in a gallon of water) ammonia or bleach or hydrogen peroxide; Poultice with dilute ammonia or bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Do NOT mix ammonia and bleach! This combination creates a toxic and lethal gas! 

Ink (AKA. Magic marker, pen, ink) 
Clean with bleach or hydrogen peroxide (for light colored stone only) or lacquer thinner or acetone (for dark stones only) 

Water spots and rings (AKA. Surface accumulation of hard water) 
Buff with dry 0000 steel wool 

Efflorescence (White powder that may appear on the surface of the stone that is caused by water carrying mineral salts from below the surface of the stone rising through the stone and evaporating. When the water evaporates, it leaves the powdery substance.) Dust mop or vacuum the powder. Do NOT use water to remove the powder. It will only disappear temporarily.