Have you had a new Granite worktop installed? Or have you already got on and are wondering how to keep Granite worktops so shiny and in the best condition? We can all agree that they are absolutely stunning, but how do you keep them looking as beautiful as the day they were installed years down the line? If you’re asking yourself how to look after your Granite worktop, then you’re in the right place, in this article we will be looking at different tips for granite worktop care.
Scratching or Damage.
Granites are divided into soft and hard granites, most granites rarely scratch but, soft granite may scratch. We would always recommend using a chopping board to protect your granite worktops. Also, avoid dropping heavy or sharp objects onto a granite surface as it may cause it to chip or crack.
It is always advisable to remove any spillages as soon as possible. This should be done by blotting them with a kitchen towel, and then wiping the surface. The longer the spilt liquid is on the surface, the risk of it penetrating the surface is increased.
This is particularly important for acid-based products (vinegars, citrus, fizzy drinks, wine etc) as well as, oil-based substances (butter, cooking oils).
You will also need to take extra care when handling strongly coloured foods and liquids (beetroot, red/dark fruits, turmeric, saffron, red wine) as these substances will stain your granite surfaces easily.
Damages over time
Over time and with use, a build-up of oils and greases will gradually darken the appearance of your Granite surface. This can be revitalised with a deep clean with an appropriate product such as Dry-Treat Rejuvinata.
Avoiding heat damage
Though granites have been formed through high heat temperatures and can withstand a moderate amount of heat, it is still advisable to use trivets as your surface can receive a thermal shock and crack. Only Lundhs granites have been officially tested to be deemed safe to accept a hot pan directly onto the surface.
Granite worktop care and maintenance
Natural stone is porous and therefore would absorb substances if untreated; it depends on the type of stone and how porous it is. Hard granite is only very slightly porous, whereas soft granite will need more sealant.
Sealants can either impregnate the surface of the stone filling the capillaries and reducing their absorbency or create a covering film on the surface. A good sealant will stop the ingress of water, oils and other liquids on all-natural stone and this protective layer will only enhance the durability of your surface. Discuss with your fabricator the options of sealant, which is the most suitable to the type of granite you have chosen and their effect on the appearance of the surface.
Daily cleaning care
For daily granite worktop care wipe with a clean moist, soft cloth with either a dilute, mild soapy solution (such as liquid dish soap) or a daily granite worktop cleaner such as Method, Dry-Treat Rejuvinata
Rinse the cloth and wring out then wipe over the surface again to clear any traces of soap. Then buff with a clean, dry microfiber cloth always ensuring your cloth is clean. Never use an abrasive cloth or scouring pads. Do not use bleach or harsh cleaners.
The darker and/or plainer granite can be susceptible to visual oil build-up from liquid dish soap so a more specialist cleaner as listed above would be recommended. Certain granites can be pre-treated and we always recommend referring to specific care and maintenance guidelines prior to using any chemicals on these surfaces.
Granite worktop aftercare
From time to time, we would advise a deeper clean with a product such as Dry Treat Rejuvinata cleaner. It is important to use the product that is best suited to the sealant that has been applied to the stone.
We hope that this information helps you to take care of and maintain a phenomenal-looking Granite worktop. With this said it’s important to remember to seek further cleaning instructions from your individual suppliers for their care and maintenance guide.