light vs. dark granite??? Can light granite be kept stain free?
mom2orsini
June 5, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am planning to do cream surround cabinets and a dark wood island. I would like to use honed black granite as my surround counter and light granite on island. HOWEVER, I decorate a LOT of cakes and use food color often. Will I truly be able to keep the light granite on my island stain free??? Or, must I go with all dark granite???
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Judy M
Marble stains easier than most granite. So avoid marble, ask a stone fabricator what choices of granite would be suitable.

I have no rebuke with staining in my granite, I seal it every six months to a year.
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Judy M
Darn iPhone, should be I have no "trouble" with my granite
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mefor
Never rebuke your granite, Judy m, it doesn't like it :)
I think you shouldn't have a problem, but have you considered quartz for perimeter counters?
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mom2orsini
I definitely am not choosing marble and certainly will try NOT to rebuke my granite (LOL...that was funny!)...I looked at Quartz, but haven't seen anything in the finish or style I like...plus, being almost double the price of granite, not sure I"m willing to pay that. So, your experience has not proven an issue with stains on light granite?
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Judy M
Light as in white? I would describe at a creamy background with mottled colors of brown, black, a pale coral.

I am not home, so I cannot take a photo for you, my husband (and you know how messy they can be) is the cook in the house, no problems.

Not all granite is created equal, so that's why I say ask fabricator.

The absolute black granite (if a good quality one) Is very dense, mine does not even need sealing.

I have polished black in a bathroom and a laundry room.

I don't have experience with honed granite.
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Judy M
Here is a photo that shows my granite. I took a photo of flowers that hubby bought me and it shows the counter.
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mefor
Lovely
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mom2orsini
Judy, that is very pretty (flowers AND granite!)...I will definitely consult with the fabricator...I can't imagine that granite would have made it THIS FAR in the design world if it really didn't hold up against stains as promised (with sealing of course). And, no, not white...my cabinets are going to be a warm cream and my granite will also be chosen in the warm/cream venue...I like that speckled look. I just don't want to get too much brown...definitely cream and black and shiny will be the main colors.
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apple_pie_order
Ask the granite shop for some granite and quartz scraps. Apply food coloring and wait a few hours or or overnight. That's how I learned Marmoleum flooring stains.
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mefor
Great advice :)
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mom2orsini
Now, why didn't I think of that? I'll do that!!!! Thanks "apple_pie_order" :)
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JDM Countertops, Inc.
Lighter granite is more porous than darker, and black is one the most dense stones out there. Every granite is its own individual stone with unique characteristics, density, viscosity, etc. Apple Pie Order gives some good advice, but I would seal the samples first (except the quartz) or at least part of the sample so you can see the difference. As long as you seal the stone you shouldn't have any issues. A lighter granite you will probably just have to seal more often (maybe once a year). You'll know it's time to reseal when the stone starts absorbing moisture from, say, condensation from a cup of water. If the stone actually darkens and the water just doesn't bead up, it's time to reseal. You can also look at the area around your sink, if it starts darkening with the water, same thing. I don't see any issues with using a lighter stone on your island.
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Granite Grannies
You shouldn't have staining issues with granite at all. Like JDM said, you may as well seal it once a year, but it's very hard to stain granite.
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mefor
Now that's good advice too, thanks for the info!
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Curb Appeal Renovations
I think that you have received a lot of great advice. If there is anything that I can help you with please get in touch with me. I would love to be of service to you. Thank you.
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