On our blog we would like to take this opportunity to explain how best to care for your new granite worktops. As your local stone specialist in Jersey we feel we are best set to provide this information as we have vast knowlege having worked with stone for many years. We hope we have answered your queries on this blog post but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us
How to Care for Your Granite Worktop
Now that you have your new Granite worktop, it is important that you know how to care for them to ensure they look their best for many years to come.
This page explains how best to look after your Granite worksurface
Your Stone worktop is a natural material that requires little
day to day care. It is triple sealed with a liquid sealer which reduces its natural porosity and provides a protective coating.
Clean Stone surfaces regularly with water containing soap or a neutral detergent and a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse off surfaces with clean water. Polish dry with a soft cloth
Avoid the use of abrasive cleaning materials: scouring pads, steel wool, metal brushes, etc.
Never use bleach or other chlorine-based cleaners, acids, alkalis (caustic soda), or concentrated disinfectants on stone surfaces.If any of these come into contact with the stone, clean them off immediately, otherwise, surface damage will occur.
Do not allow surface deposits to build up e.g. powder detergents, mineral deposits, and salts.
Strong coloured foodstuffs, such as Blackcurrant and Beetroot, can stain stone surfaces. Acidic foodstuffs such as citrus juice, vinegar's and cola will etch the stone surface.
Always use pan stands and trivets to protect stone surfaces from hot and rough pans and utensils. Direct contact from Iron, Steel, Ceramic, and Copper can scratch the stone surfaces.
We would recommend a stone cleaner is applied to your worktops once a month & a stone sealer applied once a year
Always use cutting boards to chop and slice food upon. Never cut directly onto the stone surface.
Never stand, sit or put heavy weights on the worktop, especially around sinks and hobs where the material may be weaker.
Over time, with normal kitchen use, stone worksurfaces will acquire a patina that reflects the use to which they have been put to. It is normal for the original high sheen to weather and mellow in this way.