Granite is a tough natural stone ideally suited for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms as it is a hard hygienic surface that is very durable. The polished sheen of granite adds elegance and style to any home with its natural unrivaled beauty. All granite worktops are sealed before leaving the factory to make them waterproof, as well as heat, stain, and scratch resistant. Everyday care is easy as it only takes a soft absorbent cloth and a mild detergent to keep it clean. However, it is recommended to reseal granite surfaces on a regular basis to maintain its polished sheen.
If you have invested in a granite worktop, you will want to take the best care of it in order to preserve its natural beauty for as long as possible. Below are top tips from experts on how to take care of your granite worktops:
- Granite worktops can stain and because the stone is slightly porous oil-based liquids can sink into the surface and cause stains. For this reason it is recommended that all spills be mopped up immediately.
- The greatest risks are from highly acidic or alkaline substances such as vinegar or lemon juice, oil-based substances such as cooking oils and butter, alcohol, harsh detergents, and wine.
- Salt and detergents should not be allowed to build up on granite surfaces.
- Strong chemicals and acids such as oven cleaners, de-greasing agents, brush cleaners, paint strippers, and nail varnish remover should not be brought into contact with granite worktops.
- Granite is not impervious to damage even though it is very strong. It can chip, crack, or even break if a heavy object is placed on it, especially where there is no support. Edges are vulnerable to something blunt or heavy hitting it and can chip or crack.
- Excessive heat such as hot saucepans taken directly from the hob can damage the surface of granite worktops. Always use a tripod, trivet, or oven-safe mat when removing hot items from the oven or stove instead of placing them directly onto the surface.
- Rough or abrasive objects such as scouring pads and abrasive cleaners can scratch the surface of granite. Warm soapy water and a soft cloth is all that’s needed to keep it clean. Sand and grit are other culprits that can cause scratches and damage to granite worktops.
If stains have occurred there as several water-based stain removal products specifically formulated for the removal of organic stains such as coffee, wine, fruit juice, and nicotine that will safely remove stains from granite surfaces. An alkaline degreasing agent will remove most spots, grease, smoke stains, wax, and general pollution. Do not use alkaline-based materials, chlorine or bleach to remove stains.
It is recommended that granite tops be resealed every four months or so. You can easily check if the worktop needs to be resealed by simply pouring a small pool of clean water onto the granite. If the water is absorbed and leaves a dark patch, the surface needs to be sealed. You can purchase a suitable sealant from a reputable manufacturer and apply it according to instructions after having cleaned it with a mild detergent and thoroughly rinsing and drying.
For badly neglected granite surfaces with stubborn surface marks a granite polishing method can be used to remove the stains and reseal the surface to restore it to its previous beautiful sheen.