Caring for Granite & Bluestone

GRANITE TOPS

Granite is formed by slow cooling lave deep beneath the earth’s surface which produces a tough, course grained, crystalline rock, composed mainly of feldspar and quartz.  You should expect to find natural characteristics such as veining (streaks of lighter crystals), variation of crystal size, color and tone between slabs or within single slabs.  Large carbon deposits may appear to be watermarks.  Mineral seams or gas fissures can be mistaken for cracks in the surface of the slab.  Natural features such as these add to the beauty and uniqueness of every stone.  It is the combination of unique natural variations and functional durability that makes granite an ideal material for your furniture.

Always keep granite surfaces clean.  Remove staining materials including alcohols, oils, fats, greases and juices from the surface as soon as possible. Although heat resistant, care should always be exercised when placing hot objects on a piece of furniture and the use of a heat resistant serving tray or worktop server is recommended. Periodically clean the granite inserts with a damp cloth, using mild granite specified detergent if necessary. Completely remove the detergent using a clean damp sponge. DO NOT USE WINDEX OR NON GRANITE CLEANER. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Cutting with knives directly on top of the granite will damage both your knife and your granite top.

BLUESTONE TOPS

A-America’s bluestone table tops are pure stone, sprinkled with cream tone marbling and natural variations in shade. Cool tones mingle with browns and form a beautiful, natural appearance with the speckling and veins inherent in all stone. It is this distinction that gives each bluestone table a “one-of-a-kind” characteristic. Bluestone reflects the trend of natural, untreated surfaces. Like untreated wood surfaces, precautions must be taken to prevent staining. Some scuffing may occur over time and can be seen as a normal aesthetic inherent in the nature of unprocessed, natural stone surfacing.

Use a cleaning agent specifically designed for stone table tops. Do not use detergents, soaps or abrasive materials. Wipe up spills immediately. Wipe with a warm, slightly damp cloth and then dry with a clean towel. Substances that damage the bluestone include alcohol, alkaline or acidic liquids such as juice, vinegars, and ammonia, but all liquids can potentially alter the surface. Do not put excessive heat directly from your stove onto the stone. Lift table from both ends. Do not drag it. Avoid heavy or sharp objects onto the bluestone. If you chip your bluestone, keep the chipped pieces and contact a professional stone repair service.

*A-America stands behind our products; however, warranty does not cover natural grains, veins, and color variances and excludes any defects resulting from incorrect care or usage.