CARE and MAINTENANCE
Do I need to seal my granite countertops?
Yes, granite countertops should be sealed periodically. In a new installation, ask your installer if the countertop has been sealed and what product was used. If it has not been sealed, then use a penetrating sealer made for granite. Sealers, cleaners and other products can be purchased at Rembrandt. Sealing granite will provide a barrier that will give you time to clean up a spill before it penetrates into the stone.
Can granite be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects, or any other issues that may occur with long term use or home foundation changes. But repair is possible - a chip or crack can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.
Does granite or engineered stone stain?
In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but granite and quartz have very little porosity. A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact compared to others. Usually, no evidence remains once the liquid is removed and the surface dries. A stone sealer is highly recommended for all natural stones after installation. It is important to use a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from oil, wine, coffee, tea or other liquids from possibly soaking into the surface.
Does granite or engineered stone burn?
No. You can't burn granite or engineered stone with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite. However, we always recommend using a hot plate not matter what just to be extra cautious.
How often do I need to seal my countertops, vanities, etc?
The frequency in which you need to seal your stone surface depends on the area in which the stone is installed. On average, it should be sealed every one to three years. Higher traffic areas may need to be sealed more often.
What’s the best way to clean marble and other soft stones?
The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use any product which is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners such as Windex. Mild soap and water will do the trick! Ensure your surface is sealed!
What is the difference between sealing and enhancing?
Sealing adds a barrier to the stone that will give you time to clean up spills that may potentially discolor the stone. Enhancing a stone brings out the natural colors of some stones.