Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Can you cut on Granite?
    Granite, yes. Granite is an extremely tough, durable material and in most cases can be used as a cutting surface without fear of scratching the stone (although knives may be dulled by repeated cutting on Granite).

  2. Can you set hot pans on Granite?
    Yes! Granite is ideal for kitchens because under normal conditions it will not burn.
    Marble should not be used in kitchens as excessive hear can cause damage and potentially leave sears or burn marks.

  3. Does Granite chip or scratch?
    Granite is a very dense material and under normal conditions it is chip and scratch resistant. However, we do no recommend a straight edge polish for countertops, especially around a sink. Pots, pans, and other heavy objects may chip the sharp edge of a straight edge finish. Several other edge options are available that will look beautiful and reduce the chance of chipping.

  4. Will Granite stain?
    Some granites, will accept moisture. There may be space between the crystals, allowing moisture to seep in. Hot oils will penetrate the stone fairly quickly and will darken the granite. We recommend cleaning up spills and oil residues as quickly as possible.

  5. How can you limit the staining of Granite?
    Wipe up spills as quickly as possible. Avoid using acidic or oil-based products.

  6. Should Granite be sealed?
    Yes - All granite that is not StoneSelect Granite should be sealed yearly to prevent staining. However, by purchasing StoneSelect Granite, there is no need to seal your granite countertop for 15 years. StoneSelect Granite is warranted against staining and material failure for 15 years.

  7. Can Granite be repaired?
    While it is difficult to permanently repair granite, it is also very difficult to damage it. However, if some damage does occur, granite usually can be repaired by a mix of epoxy and ground up chips of Granite.

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