I’ve noticed some granites have pits on the surface – will I have these on my kitchen counters? Granite, which is crystalline in structure, always has tiny pits – spaces between the various mineral crystals. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a […]
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF GRANITE? Warm soapy water will do the trick. Or use cleaners specifically formulated to help clean and protect stone surfaces.
DOES GRANITE STAIN? In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but granite has very little porosity. A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact compared to others. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter, for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is […]
DOES GRANITE BURN? Does granite burn? No. You can’t burn granite with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite.
DO I HAVE TO BUY THE WHOLE SLAB? Buying slabs is similar to buying fabric. Like a seamstress or tailor, CZX manufactures the raw material and sells you a completed installation. How much material needed is determined by the layout and the amount of waste. CZX and/or the dealer/contractor will lay out your job in […]
Can you scratch granite? In general it is very difficult to scratch. Granite is one of the hardest stones in the world and is highly resistant to scratching in ordinary use. A knife blade will not scratch granite. It can be scratched by another piece of granite or with specially sharpened tools designed to work […]
Can I use marble on my kitchen counters? Yes, but be aware marble (and limestone and travertine) are calcium carbonate, and their polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, catsup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. These acidic substances cause a chemical reaction, which will remove the polish. Additionally, […]
Can I use limestone in my kitchen? Like marble, polished limestone is highly susceptible to surface changes or damage from kitchen acids including citrus juices, vinegars, mustards, and so forth. Unsealed, some of the more porous limestones can be subject to stains. If the limestone is polished or semi-polished, you will see a rough spot […]
Can I cut on my granite countertop? Only if you want to ruin your good knives! Granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.
Can granite crack? Not with ordinary use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material. (Normal use does not include standing on the counter tops!)