The following is a brief description of some of the features of the stone products and the basic care and maintenance of granite. We strongly recommend you visit the website of Marble Institute of America (http://www.marble-institute.com/) for more detailed information on all matters concerning different types of stone products.
WHAT IS ROCK?
- Rocks are very prominent product and resource of the Earth.
- Rock is a natural combination of minerals.
- There are three basic types of rocks-igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
- Minerals are the “building blocks” of rocks.
- A mineral is a single entity which naturally occurs as part of the Earth’s crust. Most minerals are in crystalline form.
With public awareness increasingly turning to the use of natural materials in the home, granite has become the countertop of choice for today’s kitchen designer. The diamond-like hardness of granite marks it virtually impervious to abrasions, stains, and extreme heat. By choosing a granite countertop or island, you not only give your kitchen timeless performance and beauty, but you increase the value of your home as well. Granite consists of a variety of minerals such as feldspar, mica, and quartz.
Features of Granite
- Highly Heat Resistant
- Naturally Beautiful
- Chip and Scratch Resistant
- Stain Resistant with Proper Care and Maintenance
- Resistance to Mold and Mildew
- Immune to Freezing and Thawing
Cosmic’s Granite Care and Maintenance Tips
The natural stone you have purchased for your home or office is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Since stone is a natural product, it requires simple care and maintenance. These are some of our recommendations for routine Care and cleaning:
General Care and Cleaning
- Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of a neutral cleaner, Stone soap(available from Cosmic Stone and Tile Distributors inc), or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.
- Use a clean rag for best results.
- Excessive cleaner or soap use may leave a film and cause streaks.
- Avoid products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids. The high acid content may etch the surface
- Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth.
- Change the rinse water frequently.
- Do not use scoring powder or creams. These products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
For Bath and Other Wet Areas
- Dust surfaces frequently.
- Clean surfaces with mild detergents or stone soaps.
- Thoroughly rinse and dry surface afterwards.
- Blot up spills immediately.
- Use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids.
- Don’t use cleaners such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub and tile cleaners as these products contain acids.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleaners or soft cleaners.
- Don’t mix bleach and ammonia as a cleaning solution. This combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.