Kitchen with light blue cabinets and brown stone countertops from Granite Grannies

How to Clean, Maintain, & Repair Granite Countertops

Granite is an igneous rock. Igneous is the oldest rock type in the world. Granite is the most durable of the natural materials, although individual stones can vary. It is rare for granite to stain and very unlikely that it will etch or scratch. With normal kitchen use (and the proper cleaning and sealing products),…

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A slab of Bellini granite from Granite Grannies

Unique Stones Tuesday: African Fantasy Granite, Prada Gold Granite, & More

Welcome to our latest installment of “Unique Stones Tuesday,” where we help you sort through the noise by featuring a few choice slabs of natural stone currently on the market.     Bellini Granite is a rich composite that is closely related to the more well-known Chocolate Bordeaux Granite. Bellini has a clear mineral composition…

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Kitchen dining area with white marble countertop

How to Clean, Maintain, and Repair Marble Countertops

There are three main types of rock in the earth: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. Marble and quartzite are metamorphic and granite is igneous. The variation of minerals and composition of each type of stone is what determines the difference in appearance and durability. Marble is a metamorphic stone usually largely composed of calcite or dolomite….

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A slab of gold marinace granite from Granite Grannies

Unique Stones Tuesday: Gold Marinace Granite, Shivakashi Granite, Onyx, & More

Welcome to our latest installment of “Unique Stones Tuesday,” where we help you sort through the noise by featuring a few choice slabs of natural stone currently on the market.     The stone above is called Gold Marinace Granite. It is also sometimes called Gold Mosaic Granite or Mosaic Gold Granite. This stone is 100%…

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A slab of grey soapstone from Granite Grannies

New Soapstone Inventory (July 2015)

Soapstone is a natural rock found in several places around the world. The soft, warm feel of the stone combined with a subdued, minimal look means this natural stone fits as well in a traditional farmhouse kitchen as it does in the sleek, contemporary design aesthetic of an modern urban space. Click HERE and HERE…

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A slab of black rocktus granite from Granite Grannies

Unique Stones Tuesday: Gold Macaubas Quartzite, Mari Blue Granite, & More

  Our first stone this Tuesday is the knockout Black Rocktus Granite. It is very similar to Black Mosaic Granite (aka Marinace Granite), but instead of smooth, rounded pieces, it features a wild mix of more angular rock pieces. This granite is a “conglomerate.” That means it was formed thousands of years ago when some…

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A slab of master Calacatta quartz from Granite Grannies

Our Picks: 2 Quartz Counters That Look Like Real Marble

  One of the big “pros” for quartz, also called engineered stone, is that this beautiful man-made material can be created to look like marble. Marble is typically softer than granite and can be more likely to etch or scratch, especially in a high traffic area like the kitchen. Unfortunately, most of the “marble lookalike”…

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Home Profile: Rino White Marble & Calacatta Caldia Marble (NW DC)

  One of our recents projects was the kitchen and bath of a beautiful home in Northwest Washington D.C. The look throughout was fresh, airy, bright, and contemporary. The homeowners chose simple white cabinets, a white subway tile, and  pure Rino White Marble for the counters. Then they added flavor and a bit of eclectic…

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Several slabs of Calacatta quartzite from Granite Grannies

Unique Stones Tuesday: Calacatta Quartzite, Fantasy Brown Granite, Jet Mist Granite & More

  Today, we are featuring a few stones currently on the market that combine gorgeous colors with gentle, swirling or flowing patterns. Above is Calcatta Quartzite. Quartzite is a natural quarried stone like granite or marble. This quartzite is much harder than marble, but has the beautiful glassy white/ gray look of a Calacatta Marble….

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A slab of Master Silver Star red quartz from Granite Grannies

Our Picks: 6 Modern Quartz Counters in Solid Color Pattners

  One of the best “pros” of granite or marble is the natural look. It varies across the stone and has the spontaneous quality of a rock formed over thousands of years. However, sometimes, our clients are going for a different look. Whether it’s a contemporary space or a fun entertainment area or just a…

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