Stone Care

Spring is here and the summer months are approaching! It’s time to get your fountain ready for action. Follow these four steps to take to ensure your fountain is clean and ready for the warm weather:

1. Clean Fountain

Before you fill your fountain with water, it’s a good idea to clean the surface of your fountain. This can be done by simply spraying with a hose or scrubbing the area with nylon brush. Cleaning your fountain will get rid of dirt, bird deposits and other remnants from the colder months. Chase the dirty water out or down the fountain drain. This will keep the area clean and ready for fresh water. 

2. Clean...

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November 04, 2015 in Stone Care .

Travertine is a beautiful stone type that can be used in a variety of ways inside and outside your home. Learn five facts about this stone type. 

1. Travertine is a type of limestone formed in hot mineral springs. It can be mined from many parts of the world, including Italy, Turkey and Peru.



2. Like other softer stones, travertine is porous. Travertine has naturally occurring holes and troughs throughout the stone. The holes can be filled depending on the look you desire. As a rule of thumb, smaller holes in the stone makes it a more premium cut. Travertine should also be sealed to preserve its beauty. There are numerous types...

October 21, 2015 in FAQ, Stone Care .

Marble is a luxurious stone type used for a variety of home decor pieces. Learn about this stone: 

1. Marble is a type of limestone that has been crystallized. Limestone is heated, compressed and resolidified to become the elegant marble stone

2. In its purest form, marble is stark white in color. It can also come in other colors due to mineral and clay deposits. The deposits can cause the stone to range in color from pink to yellow to black. Groups of deposits can cause spots and veining in the stone. Marble can be polished to a high luster to bring out the unique veining patterns. No two slabs of marble are alike due to the...

Granite is one of the most popular stone types available. Learn five facts about this beautiful stone:

1. Granite is a type of igneous rock. Igneous rocks are formed from volcanic activity where the molten rock crystallizes deep below the surface with pressure and heat over millions of years. Since the stone is formed as a hot liquid, the minerals are mixed up and not in perfect layers like limestone or slate, making the stone stronger overall. Granite is mostly composed of the minerals quartz, mica and feldspar. It is harvested all over the world in many countries including Brazil, China, India, Norway and the United States.

Over the years, people have debated over using cast stone or natural stone for their outdoor decorations, specifically fountains. Although each has their advantages, we believe that the cons of using cast stone far outweigh the few advantages. In fact, many of the advantages of using cast stone can also be achieved using natural granite. 

First, what is cast stone? Cast stone is a man-made material from cement. Pigments and crushed stone are molded into a form to make it look like a natural stone fountain (or any other shape you desire). 

Natural stone is any stone that is found naturally in the earth; such as, granite. It is...

October 29, 2014 in Stone Care, Technical .

Natural stone is an ideal choice for many fine home finishes.  There are several types of natural stone out there; each gives a different look and has different properties. This article highlights a few of the most popular natural stone types and facts about each type.

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular natural stone types. Many people choose this stone because it is very durable. Granite is one of the hardest, densest natural stones making it the best choice for outdoor fountains in freezing climates.  It is also very resistant to scratches and staining and can withstand high heats; making this stone ideal for use in the...

August 05, 2014 in Stone Care .

When you invest in something beautiful made out of natural stone, of course you want it to stay looking beautiful for years to come. Read the top five stone care tips below to learn what you can do to keep your stone investment looking great.

1.Know your stone

Before you can even think of cleaning or caring for your stone you need to know what type of stone it is. Natural stone can be classified into two different categories. It is important to know what type of stone you have, so you can use the proper cleaning products. The two categories are:

Siliceous Stone: This stone is made up of silica or quartz like particles....