should I maintain my patio?
Natural stone paving is relatively maintenance-free.
Occasional washing and scrubbing with a
stiff broom will normally suffice. Mild
cleaning products such as washing-up liquid
can be used, but we do not recommend the
use of acid-based cleaning products. Where
such a product is used, care should be taken
to follow manufacturers instructions.
I use my regular cleaning products?
It's not recommended. Chemicals contained
in these cleaners can react negatively to
your stone. They may etch some stones or
even make them look dull and lifeless. It's
best to use care products made specifically
special care does stone require?
Apply a sealer if needed and clean your
stone regularly. Don't use acidic or abrasive
I use Natural Stone paving indoors?
Yes. All Natural Stone paving is suitable
for indoor use. However, a proprietary sealant
is strongly recommended to protect against
dusting and staining of the surface.
I use sealant on my paving?
Yes, although sealant are not normally considered
necessary with Natural Stone paving used
outdoors. Customers should be aware that
sealant are likely to alter the colour and
appearance of the treated area. The paving
should always be completely dry and free
of efflorescence before a sealant is applied.
Ideally, slabs should have been laid for
at least a week. Care should be taken to
follow the sealant manufacturers instructions.
do some of my paving slabs have dark patches?
Dark patches can occur on individual slabs
due to differential weathering. This is
caused by the surface of the paving curing
at different rates after manufacture and
in its early life. Relatively minor changes
in ambient temperature and humidity can
cause its formation. Like efflorescence,
the effect generally disappears with time.
It is in no way detrimental to the long-term
durability of the product.
Remnants are the smaller remaining pieces
of stone from a previous job. They are usually
sold at a discounted price (really small
remnants are free) and used for things such
as vanity tops, fireplace hearths, stepping
stones, ledges, and even smaller kitchens!
I have arches and curves in my countertop?
Yes. All Natural Stone can be shaped to
your specifications. The variations and
possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
do I prevent damage to my granite work surfaces?
Avoid contact with the edges of the work
surfaces to avoid chipping.
Do not expose the tops to excessive heat.
Do not cut directly on the work surface.
Do not move the work surfaces from their
should I clean granite?
Do not use any abrasive materials on granite
such as scouring powders and metal brushes.
Do not use bleach and other chlorine based
cleaners, acids, photographic development
liquid, alkalis (caustic soda) and concentrated
disinfectants. Wash with clean warm water
to which a non-abrasive light neutral detergent
(pH 7) may be added. Rinse with clean warm
water and dry to avoid watermarks. Drainer
grooves may be cleaned using wire wool.
the work surface loose its shine?
Under normal kitchen use, a stone work surface
may mellow with time - this is quite normal
and a characteristic of such a natural product.
Dull patches may develop in areas of high
wear. These can be restored.
is cultured stone?
Cultured stone is a man made product that
has been around for nearly forty years.
It offers many textures, styles and designs
along with many colors to fit most applications.
Cultured stone weathers remarkably well,
retaining its color and beauty for many
years and is virtually maintenance free.
Cultured stone is lighter than natural stone,
which makes it easier to install in most