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Dry Treat dealer

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:57:00 AM America/Mexico_City

Did you know MMG is a Dry Treat dealer?
We carry Dry Treat products to help seal or clean your countertops. Whether you are looking at getting new tops or have existing tops you'd like sealed contact us to learn more about the Dry  Treat products.

Get your tops ready for the holiday season!

 

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Cambria is here!

Thursday, October 22, 2015 1:20:03 PM America/Mexico_City

Milwaukee Marble and Granite now offering Cambria USA products

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Mohs Hardness Scale

Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:10:48 AM America/Mexico_City

In 1812 Friedrich Mohs, a mineralogist, developed a scale to help identify various minerals by testing their hardness against 10 specific minerals of significantly different hardness. Based how easily a mineral in question is scratched or scratches helps to determine its classification, because most minerals of a similar type will share the same hardness. Rated 1-10 (see below), 1 being the softest, these minerals are used because, although diamonds are quite expensive, all 10 are fairly common and fairly easy to obtain.

 

The test is conducted as follows:

A sharp point of Mineral A is used to attempt to scratch Mineral B. If Mineral A can scratch Mineral B, then Mineral A is harder than Mineral B. If Mineral A does not scratch Mineral B, then Mineral B is harder than Mineral A. If the two Minerals are equally ineffective at scratching one another, then they are the same hardness. If Mineral A can be scratched by Mineral B but it cannot be scratched by Mineral C, then the hardness of Mineral A is between the hardness of Mineral B and Mineral C.

 

A similar test can be conducted using more common objects that have been classified by their comparison to the 10 minerals (see below).

 

Why is this important to us in the stone world? Because when specifying a product for counter tops, flooring, exterior cladding, etc., a person needs to understand the characteristics of said product, and how it will respond to the specific needs of their project. This information among other things, can help a customer make an educated decision on the type of product they want in their home or business, and avoid costly and/or aesthetically unpleasant issues down the road.

 

For example:

Soapstone is a beautiful product that is chemically innate making it ideal for kitchens, as a lot of foods contain acids. However, because of the varying amounts of talc in it, its hardness typically rates between a 2 to 4, making it fairly easy to scratch. So in spite of how much a person may love the look and feel of soapstone, if they can’t embrace its susceptibility to scratching, it may not be the best product for them.

 

By comparison, granite is an igneous rock comprised mostly of quartz and feldspar, and a small mix of mica and other minerals. This product is quite difficult to scratch, rating 7. However, because the classification of “granite” has been commercially simplified to a stone that is harder than marble but still similar to true granite, this introduces a wider mix of minerals, and so, rates between 5.5 to 7. It is a far more practical choice for many projects in regards to hardness, and by including stones like gneiss, schist, pegmatite, and basalts, among others, it is also an extremely beautiful choice.

 

The Mohs hardness scale and common scale are as follows:

 

 

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Comments | Posted By Barb Casey

We Have Soapstone!

Friday, February 6, 2015 10:09:43 AM America/Mexico_City

Gorgeous! Beautiful! Fabulous! Stunning! We can't say enough about how incredibly marvelous our new Noire Soapstone is! You've got to see it for yourself!

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New Premium Slabs

Monday, January 26, 2015 10:08:27 AM America/Mexico_City

We are excited about our new inventory! 15 premium colors for your kitchen counter tops; each as beautiful as the next! Stop by or schedule an appointment and we'll help you find the stone that's perfect for you!

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North American Stone: Tennessee Marble

Friday, January 9, 2015 10:03:48 AM America/Mexico_City

North American Stone: Tennessee Marble

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Most Recommended by Professionals: Milwaukee Marble & Granite

Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:59:07 AM America/Mexico_City

Pro Preferreded- Most Recommended by Professionals: Milwaukee Marble & Granite

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Welcome to our new site

Friday, October 31, 2014 9:52:54 AM America/Mexico_City

New Website!

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