How granite can keep your kitchen bacteria-free

Granite can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your kitchen.

You may not realize it, but your kitchen may well be the dirtiest part of your entire house. In a much-cited, widely reported study from 2005, researchers for the University of Ari...

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Top 3 state stones you’ve probably never heard of

The sandstone which makes up the Valley of Fire is Nevada's official state rock.

Recently at Surfacepedia, we gave you a short (and hopefully interesting!) history of one of the most famous types of American stone: Yule marble, the state rock of Colorado. ...

Colorado’s pride and joy: Yule marble

Did you know Colorado's state rock is Yule marble?

The United States is a nation blessed with an abundance of natural resources. From sea to shining sea, it holds deep reserves of every type of natural resource you can think of, fr...

Which stone should I choose for my kitchen countertop?

There are so many types of stone out there - but which is right for your countertop?

Natural stone is a versatile material. It can, and typically is, used for a wide variety of applications around the home, from walls and flooring to roofs and backsplashes. Perh...

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Whether brown, black or grey, slate is the green choice

Despite its grey color, slate is actually very green.

Slate seems to have it all. It's attractive for one, coming in a number of deep, somber hues. It's versatile, being able to be used for everything from floors and outdoor areas to ...

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How to conduct an acid sensitivity test on your stone

An acid sensitivity test can be conducted with household vinegar.

Ensuring quality surface protection for your stone - whether it be with a sealer or by being careful with the particular substances you use around a stone - means knowing what ston...

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The top 3 most asked sealer questions

Your burning questions about sealers will finally be answered.

Just because you've had your stone sealed in the past doesn't necessarily mean you're an expert on every aspect of sealers. After all, we may all own cars, but most of us couldn't...

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Top 3 stone care resolutions you should have on your list

Add these suggestions to your stone care resolutions list.

By this time of the year, New Year's festivities are likely a partially distant memory. You've probably already set a list of resolutions for the New Year, and if you happen to own...

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What do we mean when we talk about a breathable sealer?

The principles of mediation and surface protection are similar - breathing is essential!

Dry-Treat's sealers - from STAIN-PROOF Original™ and META CRÈME™ to DRY-TREAT 40SK™ - have a lot of selling points. They're impregnating, which means they don't sim...

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Don’t let coffee mean calamity for your stone

The relative lack of foam in coffee makes it easier to spill.

What would we do without that morning shot of espresso to get us started for the working day or week? While most people would agree the world runs on substances like oil, there's c...

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Stone origins: Porcelain

Porcelain's unique, glassy texture is the result of its manufacturing process.

White, translucent, smooth. We can only be describing one thing: Porcelain. Porcelain has been around for centuries, and is often associated with China - not only the country, b...

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Alkali attack, and the sealer to survive it

We usually talk about the danger of acids to stone - but alkali attack can harm concrete.

Alkali attack: It sounds like name of a Star Trek episode doesn't it? But far from science fiction, alkali attack is very much science fact. And it can wreak havoc on your natur...

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Stone origins: Brick

The humble brick is actually the product of a rather dynamic process.

In the final part of our 'Stone origins' series, we come to one of the most common and popular types of stone there are: Brick. Brick may be a man-made stone, but its ubiquity i...

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Stone origins: American Bluestone

Bluestone has a complex set of origins.

When you ask someone about bluestone, depending on where they're from, you're likely to get some vastly different answers. The single name 'bluestone' refers to a number of differe...

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Stone origins: Terracotta

The terracotta pots and other objects are made from has an interesting production process.

All of the natural stone examples we've previously discussed in our "Stone origins" series had one thing in common: They were the result of millions of years of intense, geological...

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Stone origins: Travertine

Travertine is a sedimentary rock formed from limestone.

In some ways, limestone is like the patriarch of stone products. Not only is it a fantastic product by itself that looks great as the material for any number of features, it's also...

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Could your restaurant benefit from a bit of brick?

Brick instantly creates a warmer feel in dining establishments.

At some point in our lives, we all get the hankering to try our hand at the food industry. The dream is to set up a hot spot that quickly becomes a defining fixture of the area, l...

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Stone origins: Granite

These granite tiles were once hot, molten rock swimming beneath the earth.

When you think of hard, long-lasting and durable, there tends to be one particular stone that comes to mind above all others: Granite. Granite is known as one of the toughest stone...

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Stone origins: Slate

This floor is technically older than the dinosaurs.

Slate is incredibly versatile, able to be used for a variety of applications around the home. Not only can this stone serve as the basis for flooring or countertops, as the Nationa...

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Surface protection and the ‘other’ Parthenon

Greece isn't the only place you can find the Parthenon.

The Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens is one of the great symbols of Western civilization that's at or near the top of just about anyone's 'to-visit' list. Built around two and...

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