To choose the right stone for you, it helps to have some working knowledge of its origins, how it was wrought from the earth, and its processing into the finished product. Typically, a general overview of your product curtails future problems with your project.
Some finishes like honed, matt, etc. are more sensitive to grease and finger prints, they may require extra care during routine cleaning.
The use of a cutting board is recommended. Do not cut directly on the countertop.
To avoid damage due to extreme heat, do not place hot skillets or roasting pans directly onto the surface. Always use a trivet or hot pad.
For routine cleaning, use a damp cloth or paper towel and if necessary, a small amount of mild soap. Once clean, rinse and dry surface thoroughly.
Do not use strong abrasive and/or alkaline cleaning products. Always follow the manufacturers’ dilution instructions and recommendations.
In Modern Times
The demand for natural architectural stone has increased so radically within the last twenty years that quarrying has become a major industry for many countries around the world. And whereas previously some of these countries sent raw blocks to Italy for fabrication into marketable precut units, most now have installed machinery to handle their own lines of production.
Brazil, for example, is now one of the world’s largest suppliers of granite, exporting both slab and precut tile material prepared in local manufacturing plants. Despite this, Italy still presides as the largest exporter of stone, and is arguably the most prodigious supplier of stone technology.