July 10

Assessing and Debunking Granite and Marble Myths, Part 2


In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over a few of the most common myths out there regarding natural stone countertops like marble and granite. These countertop materials have long been and remain enormously popular for bathroom countertops, as well as several other areas of the home, but this has unfortunately led to the rise of several misconceptions that have made the rounds.

At Sand and Swirl, we’re happy to offer a wide range of cultured granite and cultured marble countertops for you to browse. From custom and integrated bowl styles to vanity countertops and much more, we’ll help you transform your bathroom space with classy, high-quality materials. In today’s blog, we’ll go over a few additional myths out there about these products.

Myth #4: Granite Isn’t In Style

We’re not sure how this one got started, but the raw numbers in terms of granite’s popularity clearly make this a spurious statement. Granite countertops are not only exquisite and beautiful, they’re also durable, strong and long-lasting.

What some are likely referring to in this area is newer forms of stone surfaces that have become popular, such as quartz surfacing. And while these surfaces are indeed high-quality and work for many people, they don’t offer quite the same level of classic touch as granite will. This product has been one of the industry’s most popular for decades, remains one currently, and will remain so for many years.

Myth #5: I Can’t Drink Dark Beverages

A common concern among those who like to enjoy a beverage like coffee in the morning, or perhaps enjoy a glass of red wine with a bath during the evening, is the risk of drinking these kinds of dark beverages around natural stone surfaces. They worry that even a tiny spill will permanently stain the natural stone, removing its pristine appearance.

But as we covered in part one of this series, this is easily avoidable with proper sealing. Sealers are designed for this exact purpose, protecting the stone while you clean up the spill. As long as you get to it within a standard period of time, there will be no stain whatsoever left over on the surface.

Myth #6: Oiling or Waxing for Soapstone or Slate

For soapstone or slate surfaces, which many people also enjoy today, there’s a myth about the application of wax or oil. While many think this is an absolute must to protect the surface from scratching, the reality is that oil and wax actually don’t provide this protection – they’re purely aesthetic concerns, darkening the surface for a deeper finish. But these materials are soft and will scratch regardless, though these scratches will blend into the patina over time.

For more on debunking natural stone myths, or to learn about any of our bathroom countertops, speak to the staff at Sand and Swirl today.


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