The exquisite beauty and durability of Italstone Quality Marble & Granite’s one-of-a-kind pieces makes them a leader in natural stone products in Oregon and Washington. Italstone imports stones from all over the world to bring you the highest quality marble, granite, quartz, travertine and limestone.
They hand-craft and install each custom piece, taking great care to provide their clients the best service and price. Italstone craftsmen will help you choose the best stone for your project and will guide you through the process from start to finish. You can’t beat their service!
The timeless characteristics of marble make it a wonderful choice for countertops, backsplashes, custom showers, vanities, fireplace mantles and more. We offer an array of colors and textures, from creamy taupes to classic Italian white marble with grey veining running throughout. Marble is a classic choice for any space. Italstone craftsmen will help you choose the best stone for your project and will guide you through the process from start to finish. You can’t beat our service!
The stunning colors in our granite collection will make heads turn for sure. Granite is very durable and will create a richness and warmth unmatched by any other stone. Our brilliant Sapphire Blue with hints of cream and pink will dazzle. Looking for a standout neutral? Lapidus is a swirling caramel colored stone woven with ribbons of cream and light brown. Cool and contemporary, Ivory Chiffon is a milky cream colored stone with soft hints of peach, green and black, and flecked with silver. With more than 60 styles of granite to choose from, you are sure to fine the perfect one for your home.
If simplicity is more your style, consider a travertine countertop or vanity. Our selection of travertine showcases a soft honey-like color palette with smooth waves of white, tan, brown, and red tones. The subtle variance and shine of this stone makes it an easy choice to suit your taste and décor.
How to Clean Granite Countertops
The easiest way of cleaning granite countertops is to simply use warm water and mild, phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dish soap, preferably light-colored and containing no aromatics. This is a gentle way to clean the grease and grime from your granite counters without damaging them. If you use plain soap and water, this can lead to soap build up and over time, will dull the glossy finish of your polished granite.
Care of Granite Countertops
Granite is extremely hard but like any natural stone, it is slightly porous. Anything acidic can etch the glossy surface and oils can soak into an unsealed top, so it’s important to quickly clean up spills like wine, oil, mustard, citrus or chemicals before they can soak into the surface or damage the gloss.
Although water left to puddle on the surface of the granite will leave a dark stain, this will disappear when it dries out completely. To be safe, we recommend sealing granite countertops to reduce absorption of oils and liquids that may stain the granite.
Removing Stains from Granite Countertops
If you have a stain on your granite countertop that you cannot remove you can try some of these ideas:
Marker stains can often be wiped away using acetone or lacquer thinner, especially on dark granite colors. If you have a light color granite installed you can also try hydrogen peroxide instead.
A good way to remove stubborn granite stains is to use a poultice, which will draw out the stain or oil from the granite into the poultice. Try making a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, thickened with enough flour to make a paste. Apply this paste carefully to the stain and cover with plastic to keep it from drying out too quickly. Leave overnight and scrape away with a wooden utensil to avoid scratches.
If the granite stain is from oil, you can try the same poultice but substitute hydrogen peroxide for the dishwashing liquid in the above formula.
For stubborn oil stains try placing a hot, wet, terry cloth towel on the stain, then place an iron on full steam on top of the towel. This will help break down the stain and you can then use the poultice to draw out the oil.
Organic stains from food can be attacked by adding a few drops of ammonia to the mixture.
An quick and easy thing to try is to sprinkle cornstarch on the stain and let it sit for 18 to 24 hours. Afterwards, vacuum up the cornstarch and repeat the process as needed.
With competitive prices, quality service, and thousands of colors and styles, Gino is your one-stop expert for granite, marble, quartz, and travertine. He provides years of expertise as well as quality countertops, bathroom vanities, tile, and italian craftsmanship with exceptional service to guide you through the entire process from from measurements to installation. Gino will show you how to cut out the middleman to deliver quality stone with the best service and price.
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