How do I clean my granite countertops?

 -Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, stone approved cleaner, or a mild dish soap and warm water. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. - http://www.stonesofnorthamerica.com/care/

What is Granite?

-One of the most durable stones known to man and very popular in homes and businesses.  "visibly granular, igneous rock generally ranging in color from pink to light or dark grey, and consisting mostly of quartz and feldspar.” -  http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/111938 

What is Quartz?

-Most quartz today is engineered material created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors. - http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/quartz-the-new-countertop-contender 

What is Quartzite?

-This is a metamorphic rock that has been formed from sandstone. A metamorphic rock is one that has been altered by energy that can include pressure and heat. -  http://countertopinvestigator.com/quartzite-granite-comparison/ 

What is Marble?

-Marble is metamorphosed limestone, composed of fairly pure calcite (a crystalline form of calcium carbonate). - http://www.graniteland.com/infos/home/marble 

Do I need a backsplash with my stone countertop?

-No, not exactly. The two main purposes of a backsplash are 1.) it adds a more finished look to your countertops. 2.) To prevent liquids from splashing on to the wall and thus preventing possible molding in your sheetrock.

How often do I need to reseal my granite?

-Twice yearly

Will natural stone stain?

-Yes natural stone can stain. Here is an article to tell you how to identify the type of stain and how to remove it:   http://www.marble-institute.com/consumers/stains/