Category Archives: Granite

You Have Natural Stone Countertops, Now You Should Seal Them

Posted by ExquisiteStone on March 19, 2024

Natural stone countertops such as granite, marble and quartzite are porous materials, meaning they have tiny openings and capillaries that can absorb liquids. Sealing is an essential protective measure to prevent damage due to daily wear-n-tear.

It sounds like an inconvenience, but treating natural stone with a penetrating sealer creates a protective layer that repels liquids, preventing substances like red wine, oils, and acidic foods from penetrating the stone and causing stains.

Steps to Properly Seal Natural Stone Countertops

1. CLEAN THOROUGHLY:  Before sealing, ensure your countertops are clean and free of any stains, dirt, or debris. Use a pH-neutral stone cleaner for the best results.

2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SEALER:  Select a sealer based on the type of natural stone you have. Check out recommendations from Exquisite Stone here.

3. VENTILATE:  Adequate ventilation is essential when applying sealers to minimize exposure to fumes. Open windows and doors or use fans if necessary.

4. APPLY SEALER:  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the sealer. Typically, this involves evenly applying the sealer in small sections and allowing it to penetrate the stone for the specified time.

5. BUFF & REMOVE EXCESS:  After the sealer has had time to penetrate, use a clean, dry cloth or paper towels to remove any excess sealer from the surface.

6. CURE:  Give the sealer ample time to cure and create a protective barrier. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day, so be patient.

7. MAINTAIN:  Reapply the sealer as needed.  Exquisite Stone recommends every 3 to 5 years for most materials but please contact the sales team with any questions.

Sealing natural stone countertops is a vital part of preserving their beauty and longevity. By taking the time to follow proper sealing procedures, you can ensure that your countertops remain a stunning focal point in your kitchen or bathroom for years to come. A little maintenance now will go a long way in protecting your investment and maintaining the timeless elegance of your natural stone countertops.  Contact Exquisite Stone for information about sealers and helpful tips.

Granite – Stone of the Centuries

Posted by ExquisiteStone on June 15, 2023

Granite is a natural stone that has been used for centuries in a variety of applications. One of the earliest uses of granite was in the construction of ancient Egyptian pyramids and temples. Granite was also used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for a range of structures, including temples, public buildings, and monuments.

The Colosseum

In more recent times, granite has been used for a variety of purposes, including paving stones, building facades, and cemetery markers. It was not until the late 20th century that granite began to be widely used for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

The use of granite for countertops gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, as it was seen as a high-end, luxurious material. Its durability, beauty, and versatility made it a popular choice for homeowners and designers alike.

Today, granite is still a popular choice for countertops and other surfaces, and it is available in a wide range of colors and patterns to suit any style. If you’re considering granite for your home, be sure to consider sealing the granite to protect it from stains and moisture.

Snowfall Granite Peninsula

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Granite Countertops for Everyday Life!

Posted by ExquisiteStone on May 18, 2023

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen?  Granite is one of the most accessible countertop materials available today.

Granite is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops due to its durability, beauty, and versatility. It is a natural stone that is formed over millions of years and is available in a wide range of colors and patterns.

New Blue Dunes Granite and Opalescence Granite helped to improve this dated kitchen.

One of the main benefits of granite countertops is their durability. Granite is a hard material that is resistant to scratches, stains, and heat. It is also easy to clean and maintain, making it a practical choice for busy kitchens.

In addition to its practicality, granite is also a visually appealing option for countertops. Its natural beauty and unique patterns add character and value to any home. It is also available in a variety of colors to match any decor.

If you’re considering granite countertops for your home, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, granite is a natural stone and no two pieces are exactly alike.  This unexpected advantage adds individuality to your project, highlighting the variation that makes natural stone so desirable.  Second, it is a good idea to seal the granite to protect it from stains and moisture. 

Thirdly, granite countertops can be a bit pricier than some other options.  This may seem overwhelming on the surface but this durable investment will likely last for the life of your home.

Blue Dunes Granite for the win!

If you have any questions or would like to see some of our available granite options, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Visit our showroom in Elk River to pick out countertops for your next project!