How to look after granite stairs?

Granite stairs - due to its quality and its array of colours it comes in, granite is the most frequently selected stone to produce stairs. In spite of its high resistance to abrasion, granite stairs should be regularly maintained so that they can retain their beauty as long as possible. How to look after granite stairs?
Granite is one of the most long-wearing stone and as such it has a wide range of applications. The functional properties of granite are its fundamental value. Granite stairs retain their beauty for many years and they are a stylish complement to every interior.
How to look after granite stairs?
Despite their high resistance to abrasion, even granite stairs need proper maintenance. First of all, we have to remember about their impregnation just after the installation. There are specialist granite care products available on the market and when using them we only have to follow the instructions on the packaging or in the attached leaflet. More intensive maintenance should be carried out every 2 to 3 years, which is not too gruelling or time consuming.
As regards everyday maintenance, we should follow a stonemason’s recommendations, although in most cases water with washing liquid will do. For granite stairs should be clean whatever the weather. We should regularly sweep them and clear them of snow - in the case of exterior stairs.
So, all we need to maintain our granite stairs are suitable accessories, cleaning and impregnating products. It is worth buying:
· Preparaty impregnujące.soft brush or delicate cloth
· granite cleaning products
· granite impregnating products
When to clean granite stairs?
Granite stairs should be cleaned regularly. On daily basis, we should remove water and organic rotting waste like leaves or grass etc. They include organic compounds, which may permanently discolour some areas. Besides, sand can also have negative effects on the stone as it acts like a sand paper and as such it can matt the smooth surface of granite. 
It is not advisable to use a vacuum cleaner to keep granite stairs clean. Although, there are many different types of vacuum cleaner nozzles, we can scratch the surface with a vacuum cleaner only. To get rid of any kind of dirt or stain, it is enough to sweep the steps, and then clean them with a specialist granite care product. Despite the fact, that the stone is heat-resistant up to 3000 degrees Celsius, it can loose its lustre if we do not take a proper care of it in advance.


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Marble or granite stairs?

Both granite and marble stairs look charming and they can add character to the whole interior.So, we are giving you a hint what to choose, marble or granite stairs? A lot of people wonder whether to choose stairs made of marble or of granite. As we can gather from numerous internet fora, many a customer is considering the purchase of these materials for their stairs. More and more often, they are giving up the idea of buying wooden stairs being afraid that although wood looks cosy and beautiful, it can get damaged very quickly

Granite stairs
Granite stairs are exceptionally durable and resistant to abrasion. They are also characterised by the ability to withstand adverse mechanical factors and they are frost resistant. A variety of textures granite occurs in affects its functionality. Additionally, its broad spectrum of colours makes it a versatile material suitable for every taste and every interior.
Granite stairs are most resistant to abrasion and scratching. They are easy to be polished and as such they are characterised by unmatched durability. They are entirely waterproof and good at accumulating warmth due to granite’s high density between 2,3 g/m to 2,8 g/cm.
Some people fear granite stairs are too slippery. In order to avoid this problem, it is worth considering buying the stairs made of sand granite, flamed or grained and then brushed.
Marble stairs
Schody z marmuru wybierane są ze względu na fakt, że są subiektywnie odbierane jako ciepMarble is the stone of lower durability than granite, which makes it easier to be treated. It is also characterised by low absorption ranging from 0,1% to 0,5%. Marble stairs can be easily polished to obtain a mirror finish.
Marble stairs are very popular among our Customers as these kind of stairs are perceived as warm and cosy. For this very reason and because of the properties of this stone, they are ideal for finishing elements of stairs as well as for stair treads, risers, bannisters and even landings.
Whatever choice you make, you have to remember about their proper impregnation. This kind of treatment can protect the surface against the permanent staining. Any dents can be easily repaired by means of an epoxide or a plaster putty knife.

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Is a bio-fireplace safe?

A modern bio-fireplace is an interesting alternative everywhere the installation of a traditional fireplace is not possible. This is particularly true of blocks of flats. This modern interior fireplace has got a lot of advantages, yet is it safe? Below you will find the answer to this question. Its greatest asset is its possibility to be installed anywhere a traditional fireplace with a water jacket insert or a cast-iron fireplace cannot be mounted. A bio-fireplace will not only heat our room but it will also complement our living space in a very original way.


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A fireplace in a room, where to position it ?

Owing to its design and its aesthetics, a modern fireplace will compliment almost every interior. However, a problem arises only when it comes to small confined spaces, in which putting such a big construction can additionally give an optical illusion of a much smaller space. Thus, when choosing a fireplace for your room, you should think first what would be its ideal location in your interior.


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Fireplace accessories - in other words - what else do we need for our fireplace?

Anyone who intends to buy their own fireplace has to take into account the fact that the fireplace itself is not everything. Even the purchase of the most technologically advanced and the most expensive model does not replace an array of accessories available, which are indispensable.
Accessories will enable us to make use of all the benefits every fireplace can offer. Moreover, accessories are crucial when it comes to cleaning and functioning of fireplaces.

If you desire that your fireplace accessories should serve you well for many years ahead, settle on high quality products and not on much cheaper substitutes, which are available in DIY stores and which are made mostly of low quality materials and as such they suffice for one heating season only. Changing fireplace accessories every year - after all that is not what you want, do you?


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A tile fireplace with a DPD system or a traditional tile fireplace?

A tile fireplace is a term which has two different meanings. However, customers often use this name not distinguishing between these two terms. Having a fireplace, the surround of which is made of tiles, they boast to their friends and acquaintances about having a tile fireplace, which is not entirely true. On the other hand, tiles can perform the same function as they used to in the case of old-fashion, granny's stove, in which tiles acted as a heat accumulator and produced heat long after the fire was put out. Which is a better option to choose from?

When choosing a tile fireplace, you may consider two options: either a tile fireplace with a modern heating system DPD or a traditional tile fireplace. Each solution has both its own advantages and disadvantages. All we need to do is to decide which alternative to opt for.

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Fireplace installation – the most common mistakes

A fireplace is a cheap and a reliable source of heat. What’s more, a fireplace is an effective solution, which substantially lowers the costs of electrical energy used to heat our homes. Its aesthetic values as well as its abundant design inspiration are undeniable. However, a fireplace can malfunction at times.

Find for yourself what mistakes to avoid to get a properly functioning fireplace heating.

 1. Faulty air circulation

Fireplace structure should take into account a proper air circulation between rooms. This can be achieved either through undercutting a door frame or installing bathroom door air vents.

2. Improper fireplace insert

The choice of an insert has an effect on our fireplace heating capacity, in other words if our fireplace can heat a room or a house according to your needs. Improperly selected heating capacity might not be sufficient to heat even one room, in which case a fireplace will perform only a decorative function.

3. Lack of ventilation grills

The installation of ventilation grills on top of a fireplace hood is essential. They are to prevent the accumulation of hot air under the ceiling thus protecting wall plasters and a house foundation. We must also remember that ventilation grills should not direct the airflow directly at people.

4. Improper fireplace location

Many people who dream about having their own fireplace forget that a fireplace does not work very well in very small spaces. The process of heat distribution in a small room is impeded. If you opt for a fireplace in a wooden house, you have to remember about the installation of additional safety devices.

5. Lack of fireplace insulation


Whilst installing a fireplace, you have to remember about protecting it with a thermal insulation material, otherwise a fireplace surround heats up too much and starts cracking. A thermal insulation made of mineral wool or a layer of aluminium will prevent this from happening. 

6. Improper connection of a fireplace with a flue pipe


Dishonest fireplace installers frequently connect pipes to a chimney flue by force.
It is extremely dangerous because a tee connector in high temperatures increases its diameter and starts cracking.

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How to construct a fireplace surround?

In western European countries, fireplaces with water jacket inserts are market leaders.
They are much in demand, as they do not only add a pinch of elegance to every interior but they also symbolise luxury. A fireplace surround is not difficult to be made. Quite the opposite, construction experts claim that anybody can produce one by themselves because it usually consists of three elements: a supporting structure, a casing and a hood. How to make a fireplace in a living room so that all the family can take delight in enjoyable moments spent together.

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