Granite worktops are a lifetime investment, with great care and attention taken in the planning and kitchen design process. Looking after your investment and keeping it fresh and looking new is not difficult with the right care and attention.
Granite must be sealed
Although granite is tough and easy to look after, it’s not indestructible. Granite is micro-porous, even when the edges and surfaces have been polished. Make sure your granite worktop is sealed thoroughly by your fabricator. Unsealed or weakly sealed granite will soak up oils, spills, and stains.
To check whether your granite is sealed, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, you have a secure seal. If after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it’s time to reseal the stone.
Granite, what can stain it?
However, you still do need to be careful with certain substances, such as acidic or spirit based products – perfume, drinks like red wine or citric acids found in fruit. Be careful with oily products such as cooking oils as these can stain if allowed to soak into the worktops over a period of time.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Granite
DO: Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them. Soft drinks, coffee, tea, and fruit juices contain mild acids and can etch the polished surface of a stone and stain quite rapidly.
DO: Use warm water, a mild or gentle dish soap, and or microfiber cloth for daily wipe over
DO: Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol, oil or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the surface of many stones.
DO: Use chopping boards to help reduce the risk of damage to your surfaces, and your knives as granite will blunt them!
DON’T: Use harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges, Windex, acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. Frequent use of these chemicals will dull and weaken the sealant over time. Basically, the harsher the cleaner, the quicker it will break down the sealant.
DON’T: Drag pots, pans or any other kitchen utensils or appliances across the surface because even with just a grain of salt underneath, it may result in a scratch.
DON’T: Stand on your worktops. This can damage the joints.
Naturally, at Cheshire Granite Worktops we speak to you about caring for your worktops before and after the process of having your worktop designed and fitted.
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