How To Keep Your Granite Worktop In Pristine Condition
Granite is quickly becoming the worktop material of choice in many homes, and it’s no surprise. The benefits of choosing granite are numerous. This natural stone is durable, hygienic, easy to maintain and an incredibly elegant addition to any home. Granite is commonly used as worktops in kitchens and bathrooms, but this is also the areas where the stone is most likely to damage. Spills, burns, knocks from heavy pots and pans, excessive wetness, and using the wrong cleaning agents can all leave its mark on a granite worktop. Fortunately, this can easily be avoided by taking good care of your new granite worktop. Here’s how.
Sealing the granite
Prevention is the best way to keep your granite worktop in pristine condition. Granite is a natural stone and therefore somewhat porous, which means it can stain if not properly sealed. Sealant fills the natural pores found in granite and reduces the rate at which the worktop will absorb any stains – making it possible to wipe away any liquids before it can enter and stain the surface. Seal your granite worktop with a professional grade sealant before its first use, and reapply it annually to keep it in a good condition.
Cleaning the surface
Just like any other worktop surface, granite should be kept clean and free of dirt and spills. It is very easy to clean granite and you should not use any bleach or cleaners which are harsh, abrasive, or acidic on the surface. These types of cleaners can be very harsh on granite and will weaken the sealant and leave the worktop looking dull. Also take care not to use any cleaners that contain acids such as ammonia, lemon or vinegar, as this can also damage the surface. The best way to clean granite is with warm water, a mild detergent specifically made for cleaning stones and a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth. After cleaning, dry the surface with a soft cloth.
Take extra care
Except for sealing and regular cleaning, there are some additional tips to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your granite looking as good as new.
- Don’t put hot items directly on the granite surface. Always use mats or trivets under hot cookware and dishes.
- Use coasters under mugs and glasses, especially if it contains citrus juices (which can be very acidic).
- Avoid chipping the granite by taking care when handling heavy pots and pans around the worktop.
- Do not stand or sit on your granite worktop, as the weight can crack it or break it.
Taking care of your granite worktop shouldn’t be a hassle, and if you maintain it regularly it should stay in perfect shape for many years – especially if you choose to install a quality granite worktop from qualified installers. The team at Granite World has over 15 years of experience in installing stone and granite bench tops in Perth. Whether you are looking for a small piece of marble for your kitchen or a large granite worktop for commercial purposes, we can assist with quality workmanship, excellent knowledge, superior products, and prices that match your exact requirements. For more information, visit our website or call us on 08 9249 3009.