Granite is extremely durable, with very dense grain. This makes it very difficult to stain or scratch. Additionally, granite is highly resistant to temperature damage and is an ideal material near ranges or hearths. Cutting & chopping on granite is not recommended, simply because steel knives will swiftly lose their edge, blunted by the hard stone. Its smooth dense structure also means that it provides few havens for bacteria, and is therefore ideally suited for kitchen worktops.
Natural stone provides the look and feel of elegance through a quality and strength that will never be reached by other materials. The variation in each slab and especially the grain or “movement” in the crystal structure is just one of the many charms of buying natural stone.
Quartz worktops are an extremely durable surface, much like granite. As it is a manufactured solid surface, it has a uniformity, consistency of colour and pattern that you simply cannot achieve with granite.
Quartz worktops contain a small percentage of resin and as they are man-made, purer, lighter colours can be achieved. A pure white is available in our quartz ranges; this is almost impossible to achieve in a natural stone worktop. Quartz comes in a variety of colours and styles so please check out our Gallery and get in touch today.
Upstands & Splashbacks
Our standard upstands are 100mm high. Normally they go around the kitchen on all walls, but not up against units. For different height/length upstands, simply enquire when contacting us.
Splashbacks are higher than our standard upstands and are normally restricted in certain splash/splatter areas of the kitchen, e.g. behind the hob or sink.
All our stone surfaces are sealed to provide a protective coating, which reduces the porosity of the natural surface.
Granite is not difficult to clean – mild soap and water is all that is required. Work surfaces should be cleaned using a neutral detergent, rinsed with clean water and buffed dry using a soft clean cloth.
Never use abrasive cleaning products such as metal pads and scouring detergents on granite as these can affect the finish over time. Also avoid alkaline and chlorine based cleaners and do not use bleach. Granite is easily maintained without the need for such abrasive cleaners.
Drainage flutes can be cleaned using wire wool and wax.
Please be aware that any acidic products can cause staining so should be cleaned up immediately.
Do not directly expose granite to excessive heat.
As with any high quality worktops, care should be taken against possible scoring with knives or other cutting tools and chopping-boards should always be used.