Questions and Answers

Q:  How do I choose the stone that's right for me?

A:  Choosing the right natural stone for your project is extremely important.  Natural Stone is a product of nature and is available in a wide spectrum of colors and patterns. It starts at the quarry where huge stone blocks are mined and cut into slabs. Each block is different; each slab is different. The slabs are shipped from quarries all over the world to select stone suppliers that we have partnered with. See our supplier page for more info.  When choosing a Quartz/Engineered or Recycled slab, samples are your best way to go. These sample colors do not vary from the slab color.  We can help guide you through the decision making process once we know what kind of color and variance of pattern you like best. 


Q: Is granite hard to maintain?

A: Natural Stone is an extremely durable material. When properly cared for, it will remain highly polished, unmarked and as beautiful as the day it was installed. We recommend the following methods of caring for your new stone countertop. Your granite should be cleaned with water and a non-abrasive, mild, PH-neutral soap such as dish soap (like Dawn, Ivory, etc.) or a cleanser specially formulated for stone (these can be found at home improvement stores). Apply with a soft cloth and warm water. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble, travertine or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface of softer stones like marbles. Mid Missouri Granite seals all stone countertops with a sealer before installation of the granite. This sealant penetrates the material and creates a barrier against most of the tiny openings present in the stone. The sealant will not change the color of polished stones. We recommend that most stones be resealed every year.


Q: Does granite stain easily?

A: While granite is highly resistant to staining, substances such as oil, grease, and any acidic or pigmented material can stain some granites and many marbles and travertine if not removed immediately.  Using paper towels, or other disposable cloths, instead of a sponge or rag during regular cleansing will help reduce the spread of remnant oil, acid or bacteria. If a spill occurs, blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area, it will spread the spill. Flush the area with plain water and mild soap and rinse several times.  Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary. While some substances may stain stone if left on the surface for a period of time (such as cooking grease, lemon juice, or wine) there are some materials that are more dangerous to your countertops and should be completely avoided. Avoid use of these chemicals: paint removers, hydrochloric acid, ammonia, and degreasers. The use off these products will cause the polish to fade or etch. Certain construction adhesives (plumber’s putty, painter’s putty, etc.) will permanently stain your natural stone.


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Mid Missouri Granite

13451 Curtis Rd

LaMonte, MO 65337

Just 10 mi. west of Sedalia
Phone: 660-287-5091 660-287-5091


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