Granite is a natural stone that is quarried out of the earth in block form. They then cut it into slabs. Strata Granite then buys the slabs to make your unique and custom projects. Granite can be used for many projects from outdoors to indoors. What Makes Granite ideal for your home? Glad you asked,  Granite isn't very porous so it is less likely to  soak up oils, spills and stains. Now while it is very durable, it can still stain! So prevention is very important with Granite counter-tops. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Granite is also extremely resistant to bacteria making it a great choice for kitchens.  

How to care for your Granite, and what not to do....

THE DO'S ......Wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Never leave a spill if you do it could cause staining. First use warm, soapy water and rinse good. If this doesn't work then you can use a 50:50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. We strongly recommend that you mark this bottle " For granite only" this way your children know or others that might clean your counters like grandparents or babysitters. You don't need specialty cleaners for granite. It's ok to use those products, but you're paying for a product you don't need.

THE DON'TS......Don't use vinegar, windex or bleach on your granite. This also goes for clorox wipes as well. Uses of these acidic substances will dull your granite and weaken the sealant. Don't use abrasive cleaners or pads. Granite can be scratched.Now for those stains.

To remove tough stains from granite you'll have to make a paste. which is baking soda and water. Gently scrub the spot with a soft cloth. rinse and repeat. Now if this is a tougher stain put the paste on the spot and cover with plastic wrap tape down the edges. let it sit till paste dries. This can take a few trys and days Rinse with warm water. 

To get that shine back......To put that new shine back use cooking oil on a soft cloth and wipe is down. Buff it gently. This makes your counter a little bit stain-resistant and gives it a glossy shine. 

Your counter tops will need to be resealed periodically. Normal wear and tear will wear the sealant off. Resealing granite is best when it's done by professionals. Plan on having your counter tops resealed every two to four years. Knowing how to care for your granite will make the sealant last longer. 

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At Strata Granite & Marble we specialize in granite fabrication and installation for a variety of home improvement projects.

As more and more people become concious of the value for homes and small businesses alike, kitchen and bathroom renovations are quickly growing into attractive focal points.

Granite requires little effort to maintain and will provide a beautiful, glossy, durable finish which will last for many years to come.