FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Granite FAQ

Question: Isn’t granite expensive?

Answer: Granite is surprisingly affordable. Compared to other hard surface materials, granite is not expensive. The beauty and durability of granite may actually increase resale value.

Question: Are there different qualities of granite?

Answer: The quality of granite is subjective and depends on the features that best suit the needs of the buyer. However, granite is often rated on the combination of colours, surface porosity and the lustre when polished. The quality of the finished product has more to do with the workmanship than the product.

Question: How do less expensive synthetic countertops compare to granite?

Answer: Though they may look similar, granite countertops are unsurpassed in resistance to heat, scratches, stains, bacteria and overall performance and longevity. Acrylic and other manufactured materials can’t equal the durability of granite.

Question: Do I have to reseal the granite?

Answer: With today’s advanced technology, the granite is sealed before it even reaches the manufacturing yard. MTM applies the final, complete seal in their shop, so you should not have to worry about resealing most varieties.

Question: How do I clean the granite?

Answer: Simply wipe the surface with a wet cloth. You can add a few drops of a mild cleaner or soap, then rinse well and dry with a soft cloth. Add a little vinegar to the water, if you like. For marble, DO NOT add vinegar.

Question: Will granite burn or stain?

Answer: No. Granite is practically indestructible. It won’t burn and rarely stains. If it does stain, in almost all cases it may be removed with an appropriate cleaning product. Your stone professional can advise you on the best solution.

Question: How does granite or marble stand up to heavy foot traffic in a foyer or entranceway? 

Answer: A few simple precautions will protect your granite or marble floor and keep it looking beautiful for years to come. A non-slip mat outside and a carpet or area rug just inside the door will capture most dirt and abrasive grit. Use a dust mop frequently to remove dirt and dust particles, and wash with warm water with a small amount of mild detergent, rinse and dry.

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