Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the texture and color vary from stone to stone?
Stone is a product of nature and subject to variations. Characteristics such as veining and mineral deposits will affect each piece. Stone will not only vary from quarry to quarry but from stone to stone. All Natural stone is unique… no two stones are alike. This is one of the most desirable characteristics of natural stone.

What do I use to clean my natural stone?
It’s best to use care products made specifically for stone. Your regular cleaning products may contain harmful chemicals that can react negatively to your stone. They may etch some stones or even make them look dull and lifeless.

What special care does stone require?
Apply a sealer if needed and clean your stone regularly. Don’t use acidic or abrasive cleaners.

How often do I need to seal my granite counter tops?
This depends on the sealer you choose. Some sealers need to be applied every 6 months to 1 year. Others last for 4-5 years. Ask your stone professional how your stone was sealed and how often it should be sealed again based on your use.

What is kitchen backsplash?
Backsplashes are vertical strips of stone, usually about 4 inches tall, that protect the walls from liquid spills.  They can also be decorative and help to make the transition from the countertop to the wall. 

Does natrual stone harbor bacteria?
If sealed and maintained properly, stone is extraordinarily resilient to bacteria.

How are stones priced?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. And, the answer varies. Stone is usually quoted by the square foot and the cost depends on a number of things:
- Actual stone you choose to use.
- Special edges, full backsplashes, and other modifications add to the cost.
- Using an undermount sink rather than a drop in sink entails more polishing: therefore, this also adds to the cost.