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Dispelling Myths About Natural Stone

Jun 19, 2017 04:33AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features, Family Features Home and Garden




Natural stone is one of the most beautiful materials available for residential and commercial design. Each piece is unique and can fit effortlessly into a variety of decors, making it a top choice for consumers and designers. While natural stone is a popular material, there are several myths surrounding its use that cause homeowners to question its practicality.

Myth: Natural Stone Stains Easily
Staining is a big concern for many homeowners considering natural stone. A common misconception is that common products like red wine, cosmetics or coffee will stain natural stone countertops beyond repair. While staining can occur on any light colored material, including some lighter stones, Carl Vona Jr., president of Paramount Stone in Stamford, Connecticut, says that most stains are treatable.

"We can always troubleshoot the problem," he said. "If you know the origin of the stain, you can care for it."

Jennifer M. Foresman, owner of Madison & Wells Design in Atlanta, Georgia, recommends being mindful of material choice if stains are a concern.

"If a client wants white marble for their bathrooms, I would recommend using it in the master bath rather than a child's bathroom," Foresman said. "White granite would be a beautiful option for a child's bathroom - it gives a similar look but is more stain resistant."

Myth: Natural Stone is Expensive
Natural stone is often found in high-end projects, but that doesn't mean it is out of reach for more modest budgets. For instance, the cost of natural stone countertops depends on a variety of factors, including availability and demand.

"Prices vary depending on the movement of the slab and the color," said Susan Thiel, founder of Susan Thiel Design in Los Angeles. "Sometimes we find that natural stone is less expensive than manmade materials."

Myth: Natural Stone is Delicate and Requires Maintenance
Softer stones, such as marble or limestone, can be susceptible to etching or scratching. However, this can be prevented by taking simple measures.

Always use a cutting board when preparing food on natural stone countertops, especially with acidic foods such as tomato sauce or lemons. Consider using coasters and trivets under glasses and hot pans. Clean up spills as quickly as possible. Do not use harsh cleaning products on natural stone - instead, choose a gentle cleanser and a soft cloth.

Myth: Natural Stone Goes Out of Style
While particular colors and finishes may come in and out of fashion, natural stone is a timeless, classic material.

"You can't go wrong," Thiel said. "Natural stone is beautiful and durable."

Natural stone also adds a level of romance not found in any other product.

"It offers a sense of history, nature or drama to a space while always feeling authentic," Foresman said. "Stone also brings depth and texture to a space that is hard to replicate. It's been used for centuries as a building material; while it can change in appearance over time, most styles age very gracefully."

For more information on natural stone care and maintenance, and to find a stone supplier in your area, visit www.usenaturalstone.com.

(Main image) Photo courtesy of Chris Frick
(Secondary image) Photo courtesy of Delta Stone Products

Sponsored by Building Stone Institute


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