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VSG is Rained Out Today! But What About Our Outdoor Stone?

Victoria Stone Gallery is closed today, as we stay indoors and prepare ourselves for three months’ worth of rain to fall over Melbourne and the State over the next three days. This has been predicted to be the worst downfall since 1993! But this has got us wondering about outdoor stone…

Which of our stones can be used outside? What will withstand weather such as this, the best and the worst? How do we care for our natural stone applications in such cold, wet and on other days – warmer – climates?


Marble

  • Rain and wind will wear away the thin polished layer on the surface of marble, it’ll take away its shine and expose the rough interior/natural state of the stone.
  • Keeping a marble table outdoors but under cover will reduce the chances of the seal wearing away faster.
  • In some colder places, others will have to consider the freeze and thaw cycles, but fortunately, this isn’t a major risk for marble tables and benchtops as moisture inside the stone will evaporate from all sides.
  • In hot climates, the porous nature will leave it susceptible to heat retention.
  • Certain types of marble also have a potential for damage if they contain a large number of veins.Tip: Applying a sealer to the top surface of a table will allow for the surface underneath to keep rainwater on the top surface from absorbing. This goes on to prevent any major cause of cracking.Travertine
  • Naturally occurring air pockets within a Travertine slab may create structural issues if water were to collect in these recesses.
  • Travertine really works and looks well outdoors, bringing a further sense of nature to the setting.Tip: Consider a honed or leathered finish on Travertine to complement its texture and reduce the need to polish.Granite
  • This is your toughest stone to take on to the conditions, the most non-porous of all the stones!
  • Popular for outdoor applications not only for being the least absorbent to liquids and staining but also resistant to fading
  • Requires little maintenance.Tip: Darker stones will absorb the heat, so be careful with your hands on it in the summertime!Quartzite
  • One of the densest natural stones with high density, low porosity, and very low water absorption rates
  • Resilient to challenges from the elements such as staining from leaves and other foliage
  • Its textured surface contributes to its high resistance to slipping when wet, a good option for tiles around the pool!

What we can suggest for all outdoor stones…

Prioritise durability over looks, reseal regularly after cleaning the stone thoroughly from dirt and debris, and consider finishes other than polished, like leathered or honed.
Try to steer away from polished for outdoor use, it is a lot more susceptible to outdoor conditions and will quite easily lose its shine. Whereas you will find that a textured finish works and holds up really well!

From the team at VSG, we hope you and your outdoor stone stay safe and dry from this weekend’s extreme wet weather conditions!  

 


Sources:
 CountertopSpecialty.commarble-granites.comtodayspation.com

 

Caring for your granite benchtop
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Granite Benchtop – Caring For It!

One of the major perks of having granite surfaces in your home is that they require very little maintenance. Granite is one of the hardest minerals on earth, so is by nature extremely strong and durable. It is also heat and stain resistant. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a little bit of loving, with a good routine using basic equipment and product, your granite benchtop will serve you well for many years.

The Granite Benchtop Company recommends this fail-safe method for caring for your granite benchtop, to make sure it stays looking as good as the day it was installed.

The method we advise to our clients here at GBC is really basic – a 30:70 mix of Methylated Spirits and water. Inexpensive and easy!

  1. First, you’ll need to do a surface clean of the benchtop to remove any loose grime. You can do this simply with a paper towel.
  2. Once the surface is clear, mix together a 30:70 mix of Methylated Spirits and water.
  3. Apply the solution to a cloth and wipe down the stone areas.
  4. Once you’re done, use a paper towel to pat the excess water off of the surface.
  5.  To finish, we highly recommend using a micro-fibre cloth to remove any excess dust or leftover solution. This will ensure your benchtop is clean, safe for use and super shiny!

If you have any questions regarding caring for your benchtop you can contact us. 

*** It’s important to watch what you use on the granite, over time some harsh acidic kitchen chemicals can take their toll on the surface. Chemicals with acidic properties are the one thing that can corrode the sealing of granite, so do not use any product using vinegar or lemon. ***

*** Soap or detergent is okay to use periodically. However long term use will result in a build up on the surface***

Check out Victoria Stone Gallery’s Granite selection here.