Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about granite including how to care for your granite.

Q. What is "Granite"?

A. Granite is a geologic classification of natural stone composed primarily of feldspar and quartz. Granite originates from molten, primordial rock that has crystallized and solidified at great depths beneath the earth's surface achieving tremendous measure of hardness.

Q. How long has Granite been in use as a reliable building material?

A. Granite has been continually in use for at least 6,000 years.

Q. Where does Granite come from?

A. Granite is mined at thousands of quarry sites throughout the world including North America, Brazil, Turkey, India and many others including Arizona. A granite quarry may be an open area, a hillside, or an underground site. A modern quarry will likely use diamond-edge saws or water-jet technology to extract granite in symmetrical blocks that are processed into individual slabs for commercial and residential fabrication and installation. Check out this Youtube video for a look into where Granite comes from!

Q. Why is Granite so popular for home and commercial uses today?

A. For over 6,000 years the world's royalty and rulers have used granite lavishly as a beautiful, permanent, prestigious building material. Just recently over the last 25 years modern technology and market values have made granite an affordable and highly valuable investment. Granite offers unprecedented beauty, rarity, prestige and application. Commercial granite has seen a steady evolution in the past 200-year period. Today, the architectural, structural, decorative and artistic values of granite impart corporate stability, integrity, value and quality. Granite is now the #1 building material of choice in America.

Q. Does Granite increase the value of my home?

A. Yes!! Dollar-for-dollar quality granite fabrication and installation is one of the best investments you can make in your home; especially kitchens and/or bathrooms. Granite pays one of the highest returns on your investment of any home improvement.

Q. How sanitary is Granite?

A. Scientific studies prove granite to be the #1 most sanitary food preparation surface available today; significantly out-performing all competitors.

Q. Can I cut on Granite? A. Yes. Due to it's extreme hardness, granite will not scratch when cutting knives are used on it. Q. Can I set a hot pan or skillet on Granite?

A. Granite is generally not affected by heat. Use a trivet or insulated material if you intend to set intensely hot pans or skillets coming directly from a heat source onto your granite countertop.

Q. Will grease permanently stain my Granite countertop?

A. Hot grease or oil may create a temporary stain that is easily removed by a simple poultice. Consult your granite supplier.

Q. How often do I need to seal my Granite?

A. Your granite will initially be sealed by your professional installer. It is advisable to seal your granite once or twice per year thereafter. Use a product such as Mira-Seal Penetrating Tile and Stone Sealer. The process is quick, easy and inexpensive.

Q. How do I care for my Granite?

A. Mild or antibacterial soup and warm water. Rinse with water and dry with a clean soft cloth which should be sufficient to create a shiny, sanitary surface. Use coaster or trivets to protect surfaces. Blot spills with a paper towl. Wash as above. Do not use abrasive dry or soft cleaners.