Caring for Your Granite
Natural Stone is a beautiful and durable material but will benefit from care in its use, maintenance & good housekeeping practices. There are a number of things to consider when choosing Granite for your Home of Office space.
Looking after your Granite - Do Not
Drag heavy appliances across the worktop or use knives/choppers directly on the granite surface. Significant scratches are extremely difficult to deal with. Use any cleaning medium which is abrasive, acidic or highly caustic: dulling (or worse) of the finish may result. Leave liquid spillages sitting on the surface for long periods; fruit juices, oils and detergents can have a detrimental effect on the worktop sealer if left in contact for extended periods. Use worktops as a workbench or stand on them for access (to replace lights for example); it is dangerous for you and bad for the granite. Leave hot or greasy pans sitting on the surface.
Looking after your Granite - Do
Wipe up spillages immediately with a clean cloth. Dry up water splashes; leaving water spillages to dry naturally (for example, around taps) could, over time, lead to unsightly lime scale deposits especially in hard-water areas. Use a chopping board to prevent damage to the worktops (it is also kinder to your knives). Use a trivet (pan stand) to support hot pans. After use, wipe down the surfaces with a clean damp cloth, a little soap in the wiping water may be desirable but frequent washing with copious amounts of water is not recommended.
Looking after your Granite - Maintenance
If the Good Housekeeping Practices are followed there should be no necessity for major maintenance works; however, to retain the shine on polished surfaces and assist the water-repellent characteristics, the occasional application of a combined cleaner, sealer or polish will be beneficial. (For example Akemi Triple Effect is an easily used spray on wipe off product for polished granite maintenance and is food-safe). Where surfaces are a honed finish, products such as Lithofin MN-Stainstop are suitable.
Granite is extremely tough but not infinitely so; hence a little care as outlined above will help to maintain its beauty. As with all natural materials, some of the aesthetic appeal comes from the variations of colour, veins and markings within any particular type of granite and any slight imperfections or brecciations are normal and give each piece its individuality.
The suitability of granite (or a particular type of granite) for use in a specific project can be advised by your granite fabricator. Whilst the foregoing information is given in good faith as a general guide, it cannot be specific for each individual application.