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Best Granite & Marble


Leader in Natural Stone Products & Stone Production Industry


Best-GM provides natural stone products in Springfield, Virginia, for every kitchen application: granite countertops, backsplashes, flooring, and architectural elements. We offer services to the MD, DC, and NoVA region. We work with the region’s top kitchen and bath designers, remodeling companies, and new homebuilders to provide the most beautiful kitchens possible. Of course, much of our work is to the homeowner directly. Our team of retail designers can help you with any project and material selection. Currently we offer special promotions for granite countertops. Feel free to contact us. We supply with granite countertops, granite worktops, marble worktops, granite tiles, marble tiles and other natural stone products not only in Springfield, but in any other region in Virginia.

A luxury bathroom is essential in every household. Nothing says luxury like natural stone products - granite countertops, granite worktops and marble worktops. Best-GM has over twenty years of experience designing the most amazing showers featuring: granite worktops, marble worktops, granite countertops, tile and slab floors, natural quartz paneling, and slab shower walls in Springfield, Virginia. Our vast selection of marble and travertine offers many additional design options.

Best-GM also carries many high-end plumbing products in its showroom, featuring brands.


Stone is an everlasting and phenomenal compliment to many of the more ordinary elements found in both residences and commercial facilities. Fireplaces, doorjambs ,windowsills, thresholds and mantelpieces are just a few of the elements that can be fabricated from natural stone products.

In addition, elements like columns, stair components, granite and marble tiles and entryways become grand statements when constructed from natural stone.

Best-GM can accommodate all requests for architectural elements from a simple threshold to large scale, cut-to-size dimensional stone entrance lobbies not only in Springfield, but in any region in Virginia.

Stone Care Guide

Follow the recommended installation methods and procedures of the Marble Institute of America and the Tile Contractors Association.

Depending on the type of soil, stain or other foreign matter present, select one or more of the following options:



For stripping off any existing topical acrylic, urethane, epoxy, heavy wax coatings and epoxy grout haze:

  1. 1. Sweep or dust mop loose dirt and debris.
  2. 2. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
  3. 3. For heavy, hard to remove coatings, use StoneTech Professional™ Heavy Duty Coating Stripper as is. For softer coatings, dilute Heavy Duty Coating Stripper with clean water up to a 1 to 1 solution.
  4. 4. Apply an even coat using a chemical-resistant paintbrush, roller or deck brush.
  5. 5. Allow stripper to dwell for 20 minutes to 2 hours or as long as needed to soften coating. Heavy Duty Coating Stripper will remain active for up to 24 hours.
  6. 6. Agitate well using a stiff nylon bristle scrub brush, stiff bristle push broom or a weighted floor machine at 130-140 lbs., 175 rpm, fitted with a scrub brush attachment.
  7. 7. Rinse well with clean water and mop, sponge or wet vacuum to remove the remaining cleaning solution. A hard surface extraction wand and portable or truck mounted extraction machine may be used. Repeat the rinsing and wet vacuum process to insure that all dirt, soil and cleaner residue have been removed.





For cleaning of grease, oil, dirt, dry soil and soap scum:

  1. 1. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
  2. 2. Sweep or dust mop loose dirt and debris.
  3. 3. Strip off all topical finishes such as waxes and coatings.
  4.     1. Medium Duty Usage — Mix 1 part KlenzAll™ to 4 parts of water.
  5.     2. Heavy Duty Usage — Mix 1 part KlenzAll™ to 2 parts of water.
  6. 5. Apply KlenzAll™ using a low-pressure chemical-resistant sprayer, sponge or mop.
  7. 6. Agitate well using a stiff nylon bristle scrub brush, stiff bristle push broom or a weighted floor machine at 130 lbs.-140 lbs., 175 rpm, fitted with a scrub brush attachment.
  8. 7. Rinse well with clean water and mop, sponge or wet vacuum to remove the remaining cleaning solution. A hard surface extraction wand and portable or truck mounted extraction machine may be used. Repeat the rinsing and wet vacuum process to insure that all dirt, soil and cleaner residue have been removed.
  9. 8. To remove deep or stubborn oil stains not completely removed by KlenzAll™, let the surface dry and use StoneTech Professional™ Oil Stain Remover.
  10.     1. Apply a ј inch thick coat of Oil Stain Remover to the oil stained area. Insure that Oil Stain Remover covers an area 1” to 2” beyond the stained area for the purpose of containment.
  11.     2. Allow 2-3 days for the Oil Stain Remover to dry to a powder.
  12.     3. Sweep and wipe up dried powder and evaluate the stained area for removal.
  13.     4. Repeat process if needed.
  14.     5. Remove any remaining Oil Stain Remover using mineral spirits.




For removal of efflorescence, grout haze, salts, mineral deposits and all other calcium-based stains (acidic cleaning):

  1. 1. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated. Restore™ may damage stainless steel and other metals.
  2. 2. Sweep or dust mop loose dirt and debris.
  3. 3. Strip off all wax, acrylic, urethane and all topical finishes.
  4. 4. Prepare a solution of Restore™ mixed with warm or hot water as suggested below:
  5.     1. Medium Duty Usage — Mix 1 part of Restore™ to 4 parts of water.
  6.     1. Heavy Duty Usage — Mix 1 part of Restore™ to 1 part of water.
  7. 5. Liberally apply using a low-pressure chemical-resistant sprayer, sponge or mop.
  8. 6. Agitate well using a stiff nylon bristle scrub brush, stiff bristle push broom or a weighted floor machine at 130 lbs.-140 lbs., 175 rpm, fitted with a scrub brush attachment.
  9. 7. Rinse well with clean water and mop, sponge or wet vacuum to remove the remaining solution. A hard surface extraction wand and portable or truck mounted extraction machine may be used. Repeat the rinsing and wet vacuum process to insure that all dirt, soil and cleaner residue have been removed. Thoroughly rinse all metal surfaces.

Natural stone surfaces must be sealed to prevent or minimize staining. Leaving natural stone untreated may greatly hinder the complete removal of stains in the future. The following suggestions are for impregnating the stone and will allow the stone to breathe. Allow new installations to cure for 72 hours prior to applying sealer.



For a natural looking protector on interior and exterior surfaces (heavy duty protection, water and oil repellency):


Option 1: Heavy duty protection, water-based formula:

  1. 1. Sweep or vacuum all dust, dirt and debris.
  2. 2. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
  3. 3. Ensuret and debris.
  4. 2. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
  5. 3. Ensure that surface is clean and residue-free.
  6. 4. StoneTech Professional™ Heavy Duty Stone Sealer may be applied to damp surfaces one hour after standing water has been removed.
  7. 5. Liberally apply an even coat of sealer using a low-pressure chemical-resistant sprayer, roller or brush.
  8. 6. Allow sealer to penetrate the surface for 20-30 minutes. During this time, distribute excess over entire area to insure even penetration. Wipe off any remaining sealer prior to drying on the surface.
  9. 7. A second coat may be needed for porous, absorbent surfaces and should be applied 30-40 minutes after initial application as directed in steps 5-6.
  10. 8. A minimum of 30 minutes after final application, wipe entire surface with a towel dampened with sealer to remove any residue and excess sealer, if needed.
  11. 9. A full cure is achieved after 24-72 hours; foot traffic may begin in 6-8 hours. Cover with red rosin paper, if foot traffic must resume before the recommended time periods have passed.
  12. 10. Expected coverage is 800-1,500 sq. ft. per gallon.
  13. 11. Re-application of Heavy Duty Stone Sealer:
  14.     1. A 3-5 year re-application is needed for interior surfaces.
  15.     2. A 1-3 year re-application is needed for exterior surfaces.




Option 2: Heavy duty protection, solvent-based formula:


  1. 1. Sweep or vacuum all dust, dirt and debris.
  2. 2. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
  3. 3. Insure that surface is clean, dry and residue-free.
  4. 4. Liberally apply an even coat of StoneTech Professional™ Impregnator Pro™ using a low-pressure solvent-resistant sprayer, roller or brush.
  5. 5. Allow sealer to penetrate the surface for 15-30 minutes; denser material may require more time for sealer to penetrate. During this time, distribute excess over entire area to insure even penetration. Wipe off any remaining sealer prior to drying on the surface.
  6. 6. A second coat may be needed for porous, absorbent surfaces and should be applied one hour after initial application as directed in steps 4-5.
  7. 7. If sealer was not completely wiped off and a residue appears, wipe entire surface with a towel dampened with sealer. Use a white, non-abrasive nylon brush or pad to loosen residue and follow with a clean, white absorbent towel to remove.
  8. 8. A full cure is achieved after 24-72 hours; foot traffic may begin in 6-8 hours. Cover with red rosin paper, if foot traffic must resume before the recommended time periods have passed.
  9. 9. Expected coverage is 800-1,500 sq. ft. per gallon.
  10. 10. Re-application of Impregnator Pro™:
  11.     1. A 3-5 year re-application is needed for interior surfaces.
  12.     2. A 1-3 year re-application is needed for exterior surfaces.




For a natural looking protector on exterior surfaces (heavy duty protection, water repellency only):



StoneTech Professional™ Heavy Duty Exterior Stone and Masonry Sealer is a water repellent specially designed for exterior projects such as facades, cladding, pool decks, parking areas and driveways. It is very resistant to chemicals (i.e., chlorine) and to the effects of weather (i.e., ultraviolet light/sunlight, driving water/rain).


  1. 1. Sweep or vacuum all dust, dirt and debris.
  2. 2. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
  3. 3. Insure that the surface is clean, dry and residue-free.
  4. 4. Liberally apply an even coat of Heavy Duty Exterior Stone and Masonry Sealer with a brush, paint roller or solvent-resistant low-pressure sprayer.
  5. 5. Allow sealer to penetrate, about 10-20 minutes.
  6. 6. Wipe off any remaining sealer prior to drying on surface.
  7. 7. Do not walk on surface for at least 4-6 hours. Full cure is achieved in 24-72 hours.
  8. 8. Expected coverage is 800-1,500 sq. ft. per gallon.
  9. 9. Re-application of Heavy Duty Exterior Stone and Masonry Sealer:
  10.     1. A 5-10 year re-application is needed for exterior surfaces.




For a color enhancing, impregnating (non-topical) protector on interior and exterior surfaces (heavy duty protection, water and oil repellency):


  1. 1. Sweep or vacuum all dust, dirt and debris.
  2. 2. Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
  3. 3. Insure that surface is clean, dry and residue-free.
  4. 4. Liberally apply an even coat of StoneTech Professional™ Enhancer Pro™ using a low-pressure solvent-resistant sprayer, roller or brush.
  5. 5. Allow to penetrate the surface for 15-30 minutes; denser material may require maximum time for Enhancer Pro™ to penetrate. During this time, distribute excess over entire area to insure even penetration. Completely wipe surface dry. DO NOT ALLOW ENHANCER PRO™ TO DRY COMPLETELY ON SURFACE! Failure to remove enhancer from the surface may result in a film or residue that may need to be mechanically removed.
  6. 6. A second coat is recommended for porous, absorbent surfaces or if a darker appearance is required and should be applied one hour after initial application as directed in steps 4-5.
  7. 7. A full cure is achieved after 24-72 hours; foot traffic may begin in 6-8 hours. Cover with red rosin paper, if foot traffic must resume before the recommended time periods have passed.
  8. 8. Expected coverage is 800-1,200 sq. ft. per gallon.
  9. 9. Re-application of Enhancer Pro™:
  10.     1. A 3-5 year re-application is needed for interior or exterior surfaces.




For color enhancement of edges on resin-treated granite:


  1. 1. Polish edge as customary with mechanical processes.
  2. 2. Ensure that surface is clean, dry and residue-free.
  3. 3. Liberally apply an even coat of Enhancer Pro™ using a solvent-resistant brush.
  4. 4. Allow to penetrate the surface for 10-30 minutes; denser material may require maximum time for Enhancer Pro™ to penetrate. During this time, distribute excess over entire area to insure even penetration. Completely wipe surface dry. DO NOT ALLOW ENHANCER PRO™ TO DRY COMPLETELY ON SURFACE! Failure to remove enhancer from the surface may result in a film or residue that may need to be mechanically removed.
  5. 5. A second coat is recommended for porous, absorbent surfaces or if a darker appearance is required and should be applied one hour after initial application as directed in steps 3-4.

Highly alkaline, acidic, ammoniated, abrasive cleaners and/or bleach may break down the sealer, adversely affecting repellency and may not be good for the stone. Use a neutral cleaner specially formulated for natural stone.



For routine cleaning with protection:

  1. 1. Sweep or dust mop loose dirt and debris.
  2. 2. Prepare a solution of StoneTech Professional™ Revitalizer™ concentrate mixed with warm or hot water as suggested below:
  3.     1. Light Duty Usage — 1 part Revitalizer™ to 4 parts water.
  4.     2. Medium Duty Usage/Spray Refill — 1 part Revitalizer™ to 1 part water. (One gallon of concentrate makes up to five gallons of ready-to-use solution.).
  5. 3. Apply the Revitalizer™ solution using a low-pressure chemical-resistant sprayer, mop, sponge or automatic scrubbing machine.
  6. 4. No rinsing needed.
  7. 5. Or use Revitalizer™ in a ready-to-use sprayer or wipes.




For routine maintenance cleaning:


  1. 1. Sweep or dust mop loose dirt and debris.
  2. 2. Prepare a solution of StoneTech Professional™ All Purpose Stone and Tile Cleaner concentrate mixed with warm or hot water as suggested below:
  3.     1. 2 ounces All Purpose Stone and Tile Cleaner in 1 gallon of water. (Do not mix stronger than 2 ounces to a gallon as a maintenance cleaner. One gallon of concentrate makes 65 gallons of cleaning solution.)
  4. 3. Apply the solution using a sponge, mop or automatic scrubbing machine, then wipe or rinse off.
  5. 4. Or use All Purpose Stone and Tile Cleaner in a ready-to-use sprayer or wipes.

For a brilliant shine on countertops, vanities and vertical surfaces:


  1. 1. On a cleaned surface, spray a light coat of StoneTech Professional™ Stone Polish over the entire surface. Do not spray in eyes.
  2. 2. Leave evenly wet. Do not leave streaky. Allow polish to dry completely, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. 3. Buff off dried polish using a clean, white terry cloth towel. Keep turning the towel to insure that a clean section is being used for maximum efficiency.
  4. 4. Buff off all polish to a high shine.
  5. 5. Reapplication as desired.

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Facts About Granite

Granite is an igneous rock formed by volcanic action and consists mainly of quartz, silica, mica, obsidian and feldspar with a blend of other natural minerals. The composition varies from quarry to quarry. Granite is the only natural stone suitable for kitchen counter tops. This relates to its hardness, resistance to scratches and its minimal absorption. It can also be used for fireplace surrounds and vanity tops. Below are some general physical characteristics, which also vary by stone type.



Hardness


Based on the MOH (Measure of Hardness) scale of one to ten with diamonds being ten, most granites fall in the range of seven or eight. It is extremely scratch resistant.



Natural Fissures


Granite contains natural fissures, which appear as cracks. These visible hairline cracks are formed during the solidification process. Earthquakes or land movement can also cause fissures. Fissures are random and will vary from one type of granite to the next. These fissures contribute to the brittleness of granite.



Surface Pits


Granite is polished to remove all scratches from the surface. Due to the methods currently used for finishing – abrasives and pressure in a circular motion – some small crystals will be removed leaving small voids in the surface finish. The size and frequency of this varies from stone to stone.



Color Variation


Samples represent the general color and pattern of a color of granite only. Exact duplication cannot and will not be guaranteed. Granite, being a natural product, will have variation in color and shading. This is a unique characteristic of a natural stone and is to be expected.



Cutting and Fitting


In most cases granite is cut to rectangular shapes with opposing edges parallel. Drywall will have to be floated to correct any deficiencies like bowing, cupping, and walls being out of square.



Seams


Unlike Corian, granite will have seams. Seams may also be made in top-mounted sink and cook top cut outs. These seams will be established based on slab size, esthetic considerations, practicality of handling and installation. Slab sizes are random making it impossible to locate seams for any given plan.
The horizontal stone-to-stone seams are filled with an epoxy, which will be color coordinated. A 3/16’’ gap between pieces is normal for seams. Vertical variation at the seam will be no more than 1/32’’. The largest guaranteed size available for granite is 100’’ x 54’’ for all colors. Some random tops may be slightly longer or wider but cannot be guaranteed from house to house.



Edges


2cm granite tops have edges which are laminated to be ½’’ thick. This lamination will be visible in the middle of the edge and show as a lighter and darker line compared with the counter color. Many times this seam may also be felt.
3cm granite does not have a laminated edge so the edge is approximately 1 ¼’’ thick and without a seam line. 3cm granite can vary in thickness from slab to slab and sometimes within a slab. When this occurs between slabs, the edges will be feathered to match at the seam.



Undermount Sinks


A minimum of 3’’ is required in front and behind the cut out. The standard edge at this cut out location is a simple square polish edge that is flush with the wall of the bowl, +/- 1/8’’. In this process the sink gets installed but no plumbing or cabinet work gets done by the installers.



Sealing


Each counter top is sealed with an impregnating sealer, which leaves nothing on the surface to contaminate food. This sealer should be applied semi-annually.



Blemishes and Repairs


The Marble Institute of America deems it appropriate to repair any surface blemishes during the fabrication and installation process. It is also standard practice to imbed rods on the back side of the granite to strengthen any weak areas such as fissures or cut out areas. The marble institute of America approves these procedures as well. If a crack or fissure occurs or opens after installation, it is, sometimes, possible to repair it. The repair should be assessed possibly with the buyer. If a piece needs to be replaced due to damage, the replacement piece will not color match with the other pieces in the original installation.



Sub Decking


Granite has very little flexural or bending ability. 2cm granite will be solid decked on all counter tops and overhangs. 3cm granite will have no sub decking and will rest directly on the cabinets or support walls. All overhang or cantilever areas should be properly braced from below. The bracing should allow loading of 250 pounds per square foot by any flexing on the counter top. High bar overhangs from 4’’ to 12’’ will be braced with flat steel support strips, evenly spaced, supplied and installed by WBS. Any overhangs over 12’’ will need legs or columns, extending to the floor, to support the granite, these are the responsibility of the builder or homeowner.



Warranty


The warranty covers defects caused by improper fabrication and/or improper installation, which may occur during the first year after the original installation of the granite. Inherent characteristics are not defects such as lines, veins, fissures, texture, grains, and color and shade variation.
Natural stone is subject to acts of nature. What may seem to be defects, such as, inconsistency, mineral concentrations, fissures, veining, and uneven reflections, etc. resulted acts of nature and God, are natural qualities.
Damage caused by misuse, abuse or improper use is not covered by the fabricator. The counter top(s) stained by misuse such as by liquor, wine, oil, coffee, tea, bleach, chemicals, and/or alcoholic beverages are not covered under general warranty terms. All the damage caused by improper use on the counter tops will be fixed up at an additional charge and will incur a trip charge and the appropriate labor cost.



Miscellaneous Facts and Approval


These are the facts about the nature of the granite which happens to be a natural product out of Mother Nature and is approved by Marble Institute of America.

Types of Edges

Edge Finishes for Granite

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