FAQ’S: Granite
What is granite?

Granite is an igneous rock made up of primarily quartz, feldspar, micas, amphiboles, and a mixture of additional minerals. These minerals and their variation in abundance and alteration give granite the numerous colors and textures available for indoor and outdoor projects. Granite is formed when intense pressure and heat combine under the earth’s mantle, making this natural stone extremely resistant to heat and scratches.

What is granite used for?

With resistance to heat and scratches, granite is the perfect landscape stone to use on both your indoor and outdoor landscape projects. Granite is extremely durable and maintains its natural beauty after years of use. It is the ideal natural stone for surfaces that receive high traffic and are heavily used, including outdoor patios, walkways, driveways, kitchen countertops and floors.

Prestige Stone & Granite specializes in granite for exterior landscaping projects.

What colors of granite are available?

Prestige Stone & Granite currently offers 4 colors of granite: Maple Red, Gold, Grey, and Charcoal. We are consistently adding new colors to our catalog based on demand from customers.

How do you clean granite?

Use a soft bristle broom consistently to make sure your space is cleared of debris. When needed, wet the area, and scrub any buildups on the surface of the stones. Besides sealing natural stones, the easiest way to maintain the look of the stone is to prevent dust and dirt on the surface that can cause staining over time.

Can you use cleaning products on granite?

Avoid applying acidic based cleaners, such as grout or bathroom cleaners, to your granite. Also, stay away from using lemon juice, vinegar, and other multi-purpose cleaning agents. The strong acidic properties of these cleaners are too strong and could end up damaging your stone. Instead, you want to use gentle cleaners and soaps, specifically designed for cleaning natural stone and granite.

How do I handle spills?

If you spill, be sure to clean right away. Do not wipe away the spill, blot it until it disappears and rewash if needed until dry. Do not be afraid to scrub hard on the spot but use a soft bristle brush to avoid damaging the surface.

Can I use a pressure washer?

Ideally you can clean your granite without using a pressure washer. If needed, it is advised to use a light pressure wash for stains caused by leaves or moss.

Should I seal sandstone?

Yes, it is highly recommended to seal your granite outdoor space. Discuss with your contractor or installer to determine the best sealer for your space. The sealer you select is specific to the features of your space including grout used, hours of direct sunlight and foot traffic.