Granite FAQs

Minneapolis Granite – Minnesota

As granite experts in the Twin Cities, we are often asked the same questions about granite and granite care. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we encounter.

Q: Do you have to stain or seal granite?

A: Most granite has low moisture absorption rates, which is a natural characteristic of this type of natural stone. So you do not normally have to stain the top of the granite. Fabricators like us will apply a sealant to the countertop as an extra protective measure. If you choose to apply sealant in the future, you can do so with a cotton cloth and it should only take a few minutes of your time.

Q: Is granite bacteria-resistant?

A: Yes. It only rates lower than stainless steel for bacteria resistance, according to a March 2004 study by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management.

Q: Can granite be scratched?

A: Granite is one of the hardest stones on Earth, second only to diamonds. So granite will not scratch under normal conditions.

Q: Can granite be chipped?

A: Unless you use excessive force on your granite, for example, hitting it with a hammer, it is unlikely that granite will chip.

Q: How easy is it to care for granite countertops?

A: Very easy! Just wipe your granite countertops with a mixture made of mild soap and water, or you can use an ammonia-free window cleaner. That will keep them looking new for years to come.

Q: How do I clean spills off of my granite countertops?

A: Immediately blot the spill with a paper towel; do not wipe. If you see a stain (which will be rare), flush the area with a mix of plain water and a mild soap. Then dry the area with a soft towel. Repeat if needed.

Q: How do granite countertops compare with synthetic countertops over the long term?

A: Synthetic countertops may look like granite, but that is where the similarities end. Granite is the best between the two at resisting bacteria, heat, scratches and stains and for overall performance. Marble with a honed or matte finish can also make high quality kitchen countertops.

Q: Where can I have natural stone installed?

A: Marble is ideal for areas like your foyer, bathroom, floor, hearth, wall coverings, table tops, bathroom walls, vanity tops, tub decks, showers and windowsills. You should care for marble like you would a fine wood finish. Be sure to clean up spills as soon as possible to help preserve the marble’s natural beauty.

Granite is great for kitchen countertops, floors, table tops and other heavily used surfaces. It is an excellent bacteria-resistant surface and will not be affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol or wine.

Travertine is a form of limestone that is popular for interior and exterior wall cladding, paving, statuary and curbing.

Limestone is mostly used as a building stone because it is widely available and easy to use. It can be used for countertops, flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding and exterior paving.

Slate is great for flooring, and slate with sandstone is often used for exterior paving stone or pavers. Slate can also be used for countertops, back-splashes, bathroom walls, fireplace facings, tabletops and roofing.

Sandstone is used the most often for fireplace facings, chimneys, garden walls, patio benches and poolside.

Granite Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Dust mop floors frequently.

DO: Clean surfaces with a mild detergent.

DO: Be sure to rinse and dry the surface completely after washing.

DO: Blot up spills immediately after they happen.

DON’T: Use any cleaners that contain acids, like lemon juice, on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces.

DON’T: Use bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tile cleaners.

DON’T: Use cleaners that contain ammonia.

Twin Cities Granite and More

Are you interested in learning more about granite in the Twin Cities? Call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or contact us for a Free Estimate.