Granite Worktops: Proper Care And Maintenance
Our granite worktops are one of the most popular worktops we offer. This material is very popular due to its durability as well as its unique visual appeal. While granite is a very hard stone, we need to keep in mind that it can become worn and damaged over time if you do not take good care of it. The proper care of granite kitchen countertops is actually much easier than you think. Once you learn a handful of steps, they can be incorporated into your daily routine so that the lifespan of these surfaces is extended indefinitely.
Granite Worktop Maintenance Suggestions: Sealing the Surface
You might be surprised to learn that much like other stones, granite is somewhat porous. This can present a problem if liquids are allowed to remain on its surface for too long. It is always a good idea to periodically apply granite sealant. While the exact formulations will vary from provider to provider, the intention is the same. Sealant will act as an effective barrier against moisture and stains. Your granite will retain its lustre and you can remain confident in the fact that an added level of protection has been applied. Also with Shaw Stone, you have the option of having your worktops sealed with Dry Treat Stain-Proof™ which will last 15 years.
Address Any Spills Immediately
This next suggestion might seem to be common sense and yet, it should still be mentioned. The majority of stains and other types of damage can be entirely avoided if you wipe up spills as soon as they occur. This is particularly relevant when referring to substances such as wine or vinegar; they can permanently discolour the stone due to the porosity mentioned earlier. It is best to use a soft and damp cloth to address any type of spillage.
Granite worktop maintenance should involve wiping the surfaces down with a detergent from time to time. However, there are a few additional tips to keep in mind. Be sure to use a pH-neutral detergent, as acidity or alkalinity can harm the stone (even if a sealant has already been applied). Do not use any type of abrasive sponge and never employ harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. If you want to enjoy a streak-free surface, it is best to use a soft substance such as chamois leather. This will allow your granite to truly gleam.
Know the Definition of “Worktop”
Although granite workstations are very durable, they should never be used as a “worktop” in terms of cutting or grinding any materials. These actions can cause chipping to occur in no time at all. Instead, use a proper chopping board or similar accessory. It is also a good idea to place a soft cloth underneath the board, as you can avoid any unintentional damage. There are even matching granite chopping blocks that can be purchased. These will add a nice aesthetic touch to the area.
When Should Resealing Take Place?
It can be tricky to know if you need to apply another coat of sealant. The best way to determine this is to place a small drop of water on the worktop. Let this liquid sit for a few minutes before wiping it away. Do you notice any type of dark discolouration? If so, this is a likely indicator that you need to apply an additional layer of sealant.
The appropriate care of granite kitchen countertops should always represent a priority if you hope to take advantage of their numerous benefits. Granite is a timeless material and by taking the appropriate steps, this stone can last for decades. Be sure to contact Shaw Stone Limited for even more tips and information.