Just imported from Brazil is our newest soapstone, Bininah, the photo to the left shows this beautiful addition to our soapstone selected both waxed and oiled. Also arriving this fall is even more varieties of our popular DIY slab. The Bininah will be available in addition to the offering of Fantasy and Bateias blanks and stock soapstone sinks.
Stone Masters Granite, Soapstone, Marble and quartz Counter top Blog.
Everything about granite, soapstone, marble and quartz countertops! Blogs are written about countertop material selection, the fabrication, their installation, pricing, and use and care for them once they are in your home!
As long time members of the Marble Institute of America (MIA), we are proud to announce that both Ann Marie and Ashley DiTomaso have gone through the MIA's accreditation process of becoming certified CEU speakers. They are now able to host and guest speak at industry events. Participants of any of their 13 courses will receive a certificate of their CEU completion and participants will then have their CEU credits file through the MIA.
After voluntarily enrolling in OSHA's compliance program, called "SHARP", Stone Masters Inc. is proud to announce the completion of our certification. SHARP is an acronym for "Safety Health Achievement Program". The program is entirely voluntary and goes above and beyond the basic OSHA basic requirements. The goal of the program was in keeping with our company culture of maintaining the highest quality standards.
We spoke with Annette Olesen of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for the purpose of this article. She explained that IUP performs these OSHA consultations as part of a grant to assist small companies with OSHA compliance. Annette said that only 53 companies in Pennsylvania have earned this esteemed status. One of the key components of this process is the management of safety and health to ensure companies stay proactive. As part of Stone Master's compliance, Annette explained that an achievement plan was developed and then implemented. An example of our implementation Annette recalled was that Stone Masters put together a safety committee. She explained that this safety committee not only pro-actively helps to control hazards, but also empowers employees.
In an industry where visits from OSHA often come with anxious feelings we are proud to be proactive and certified for running a safe shop.
The rest of all “stains” are really etches and these are relegated to marble and stones that are really marble, but sometimes sold as quartzite (ie: Super White, Brown Fantasy and other stones that sell really well when you tell the customer it is a quartzite when in fact it is an etch- able marble!). Etches are not stains, but are in fact damaged areas due to a chemical reaction between the calcium in the stone and the acidic liquid that has physically converted the stone. This is not a stain and not going to come out or be repaired easily or inexpensively. Light etching can sometimes be removed by hand with commercially available etch removal kits while deep etches required special equipment, lots of water and highly skilled and experienced stone personal to physically remove enough stone to remove the etched surface.
In case you still have questions, want a more technical break down of sealer, or want to help us become Youtube sensations! Watch the "What is Sealer for Granite, Marble, Quartzite, and Travertine Countertops?" video on Youtube. Its already received over 70,500 views and has been featured and share on numerous industry websites, blogs, and articles. Guess we know what we're talking about!
With so many details in a remodeling project, sealer can often be an afterthought. We'll help to explain its role and answer some of the most common questions and myths. Myths like if you seal the stone it cannot stain, that sealer is difficult to apply, or it will change the finish of the stone...all of which are nonsense!
Perception - Sealer will prevent stains.
Reality - Sealer will slow down the process of staining allowing the consumer time to clean up the staining agent before it actually stains the stone.
Perception – Sealer is difficult to apply.
Reality – Follow the directions and an 8 year old child can quickly, easily and properly seal stone!...