What is Better…Granite or Quartz Countertops?
The Great Debate – Natural Stone or Quartz?
Natural Stone including this beautiful Honey Onyx are very hard to mimic with Quartz or Porcelain surfaces, and yet many are afraid to use Natural Stone because of the myth that, “It’s Hard to Take Care Of”…. Lets examine this further (see Four Reasons to Chose Natural Stone)
Boiling it down to the essentials, in spite of the fact that there are many amazing man-made products available, NOTHING truly can replace Authentic Natural Stone. The natural coloration, veining, crystal structure, and natural image depth is difficult to reproduce even with modern technology like Reveal Imaging.
Concerned About Caring for Natural Stone?
Protecting natural stone surfaces is the primary concern for most consumers. In fact, it is quite easy to protect most natural stone surfaces by using a Professional Grade stone Impregnating Sealer. We promote the German brand Moeller-HMK Stone Care, as they were one of the first companies in the world to develop not only a Stone Sealer, but a complete Stone Care System. HMK products are distributed to more than 40 countries.
When applied correctly, a quality impregnating sealer will provide years of stain protection and allow you to enjoy the beauty that only nature can create. Please see our VIDEO on the correct way to apply Impregnating Sealers.
Daily Stone Maintenance
One of the easiest ways of caring for natural stone is to maintain it daily. This is not a difficult task, rather quite easy. Simply add 1-capful of HMK P324 Liquid Stone Soap to a 16 oz. spray bottle and fill with water (filtered is best). Then spray your counter area after use, and wipe dry with a paper towel, cloth towel, or Premium Microfiber towel. Your Granite, Marble, or other Natural Stone counter surface will be sparkling clean. PLUS, with regular use of HMK P324, it preserves the sealer, prolonging the need to re-seal.
That’s All There’s To It!
If your stone has been installed for some time, and the shine is dull or you have stains and smudges, you should likely perform a Deep Cleaning to remove the buildup of old cleaning products, and prepare the stone for a fresh application of penetrating (Impregnating) sealer. We suggest using HMK R155 Intensive Cleaner. This is a highly concentrated cleaning product designed to remove grease, grime, polishes, waxes, and light stains. For more info from the HMK website click HERE