Santa Cecilia Classic

Custom  Countertops


 

How to remove stains from your granite countertops
In case you accidentally stain your granite countertop, depending on the kind of stain, you could try using these different mixtures.


If the stain is heavy and cannot be removed by simple warm water and mild dishwashing liquid, then create this formula – combine together about one to two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, one cup of flour, and just enough water until the solution becomes thick (about the same consistency as paste). Simply put this solution right over the stain. Cover the area with a plastic wrap. Leave it overnight. You can then scrape the mixture away gently, preferably using a wooden utensil then rinse. The stain should be gone!

Oil stains such as grease stain, oil stain, or milk stain requires a different solution altogether. Combine together hydrogen peroxide, a cup of flour, and enough water to make a paste.  The solution should go on the stain. Cover the area with plastic and leave for about 12 hours. The stain should be gone when you scrape off the mixture in the morning.
Organic stain (such as tea stains, coffee stains, or fruit stains) In this case you need to combine hydrogen peroxide (about 12% will do) with about 1 drop of ammonia. This solution should take organic stains off immediately.
Marker stains try acetone– This is great for wiping marker stains off dark granite stones. If your granite is in the lighter shades, then switch to hydrogen peroxide.
If these formulas didn’t work please feel free to contact us.
 Please remember that sealing your granite top frequently should avoid damage of this nature.

What is Granite?

      Granite is natural stone with variation in color, texture and patterns.  All of those qualities may be present from one slab to another and from one area to another within each piece. If you are unfamiliar with granite you need to understand that samples are intended to represent a quarries product. Granite slabs may not be identical to a sample you are shown. Each slab may differ in color and veining; even a single granite slab will have color variations from one end to the other. This lack of predictability gives the product it’s unique character. An example is Santa Cecilia. This particular color could go from gold to yellow or even a cream color to gray. This all  depends on the quarries availability.

 Another thing you need to keep in mind is that granite is not perfect, spots and veins could appear. There’re many inherent variances in all stone color and shade variations, geological flows, irregular markings, voids, pitting, veins, fissures and lines of minor separations. However, these characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the function of wearing qualities of the material.

Granite Care

How to take care of your granite countertop

Granite is the most durable natural material for kitchen countertops.

It has very little aging in the appearance and touch due to its

hardness. It does minimal absorption to liquids and is heat and scratch resistant. 

Typical use such as general cutting during food preparation will not damage the granite due to its tough resistance.

Granite is also heat resistant which is not the case in other surfaces.



Please follow these recommendations for the care and maintenance of your natural stone:


Do’s

  • Clean all surfaces with warm water and mild detergent or soap.
  • Rinse and dry surfaces after cleaning.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Clean any oil or grease spills as soon as possible. Leaving greasy products on granite can penetrate into the stone over time.Reapply stone sealer to surface every six months or as soon as you notice water no longer staying on the surface.

Don'ts

  • Don't use abrasive cleaners like Comet, Ajax, Windex or Soft Scrub.
  • Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tile cleaners.
  • Don't use cleaners that contain vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Don't sit or stand on granite countertops.

Sealing your countertops.

Sealing is easy! Here is what you need to do, this steps may vary depending on the sealer you buy. Be sure to read the instructions on the product before you seal your granite countertops.


  1. Purchase a sealer that is made for granite countertops. We highly recommend you to use the RS Solid Surfaces Stone Care kit which you could get at our location. Also, the nearest local hardware store like Home Depot or Lowes should carry various sealants for granite countertops.
  2. Remove any items  on your countertops and set them aside.
  3. Remove any crumbs or dust from the countertops by using a soft clean rag.
  4. Granite is a naturally porous surface, so be sure to clean the area with a stone cleaner, dry the area with a clean dry towel and allow it to dry completely before sealing.
  5. Use a clean cloth, brush or sprayer to apply the sealer to the granite countertop.
  6. Allow the applied sealer to dry for three or four minutes. Wait until it is almost dry and apply another sealer coat onto the granite. Rub the sealer onto the granite with a clean cloth.
  7. Allow the sealer to dry. Depending on the sealer brand you use, drying time could take as long as three to four hours.