With the right amount of attention and consideration, granite worktops are a fantastic investment in your home. While it takes some effort on your part, by simply following these steps, you can keep your granite worktops looking bespoke and pristine with ease.
There is a common misconception that granite worktops are indestructible. Now while granite is indeed very tough and durable, it is important to understand its limitation. Granite is micro-porous, which means that it has pores, capable of absorbing certain materials. This is why unsealed or poorly sealed granite worktops often soak up oils and other spills.
If you have already had granite worktops installed in your home and you are unsure whether your granite has been sealed, there is a simple trick to checking for yourself. Simply leave a few drops of water on the surface of your granite worktops; if the water beads up, your granite has been sealed. If after a few minutes the water soaks into your granite, then unfortunately it either hasn’t been sealed or it needs re-sealing.
Fortunately, at Granite Trust the project manager in charge of your project will seal the stone in front of you, in order to show you how easy it is. The special sealants used by Granite Trust will protect your stone for a period of at least 3 to 5 years.
The Essential Granite Cleaning Guide
Ultimately, when it comes to maintaining your granite worktops, here are the essential steps to consider:
• Try to wipe up any spills as soon as they come to your attention. Soft drinks, coffee, tea, and fruit juices contain mild acids and can damage the polished surface of your granite worktops.
• When cleaning your granite worktops every day, simply use warm water and gentle dish soap.
• Use coasters under all glasses, mostly those containing alcohol, oil or citrus juices.
• When chopping or cutting, make sure to utilise a chopping board, as using a knife against your granite worktops will gradually blunt your knives.
• Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleaners, acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. Regular use of these chemicals will eventually weaken and reduce the granite’s sealant. While your granite worktops are very tough and durable, following these steps will allow you to maintain the sealant for as long as possible.
• To avoid scratching your granite worktops in any way, try not to drag your kitchen appliances across the worktop as even the lightest utensil can leave a scratch when scraped across your granite.
• Sooner or later, almost everyone finds themselves standing on their kitchen worktops to reach something above. We recommend that you refrain from standing on your granite worktops, as this can strain the joints and lead to damage.
Ultimately, choosing your granite worktops through Granite Trust gives the peace of mind that your granite will not only be cut, fitted and sealed expertly, but you can also sit back and relax in the knowledge that all the information you need regarding your granite worktops is right here at Granite Trust.
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