Granite worktops are an extremely popular choice for kitchen worktops, it is stylish, luxurious and timeless. This durable hard stone is formed over time from volcanic magma and it’s well-known for its reputation to be heat and scratch resistant as well as hygienic and durable (if cared for properly). Every piece of granite is a unique piece of art and it’s a great addition within a home particularly in the kitchen, granite worktops can really transform your kitchen into a beautiful place and add value to your home.
When you first install your granite worktop, it looks shiny and reflective, adding the wow factor to your home. To keep your granite worktop looking smooth and sparkly, regular maintenance is required.
Below are some easy to follow tips to look after your granite worktop to keep it in the best-looking condition.
Care for your granite worktop
Take care of spills, stains, and scratches. A kitchen is a busy place, which is why precautions are needed against any damage to your worktop. Yes, we know that granite is generally heat and scratch resistance, but a neglected granite worktop will not look good. Dirt, grease, and grime can build up over time, those acidic substances such as lemon juice, vinegar, coffee or wine spills that have been rubbed into the surface could also harm the natural stone.
To avoid the damage to your granite, make sure you clean spills immediately, use coasters for hot drinks and do not place hot pots and pans directly onto your granite worktop. Cut your vegetables on a chopping board instead of on your worktop.
Cleaning your granite worktop
Never use any household cleaning products that contain ammonia, vinegar or citrus to clean your granite worktop. These cleaners will dull the surface of your granite, buy some cleaners that are specifically designed to clean granite stone. If you are not sure what to buy, ask your installer for a recommendation, they may even sell the appropriate cleaners for your granite worktop.
To clean your worktop, first, use a dry clean soft cloth to wipe clean the entire surface, then spray the recommended cleaner across the worktop and let it sit for a minute, wipe with a dry and clean soft cloth again until is all dry. Bear in mind that you should always refer to the stone suppliers for cleaning guidance if you are not sure what to do.
Polishing your granite worktop
Polishing your granite is quite simple, use suitable polishing products (again, ask your stone specialist for advice), apply over the surface and let it sit for about three to four minutes before wiping it up. Use a dry soft cloth (preferably cotton) to rub in circles until it all clear. You should have a sparkling worktop when you are done.
Limescale issues – If you are living in a hard water area you may have the limescale deposit form around the tap and sink area of your granite worktop; if you do not dry off the water splashes promptly. Do not use any limescale removal products as this is not the right cleaner for the granite worktop as they usually contain acidic ingredients that will ruin the polished surface. Ask your stone specialist for a suitable cleaner to remove the limescale.
Call in the stone expert
The rule of thumb on keeping your granite worktop shiny is regular maintenance; if you look after your worktop and have regular care, your worktop will look beautiful. if you are not sure or in doubt, you can get advice from B Stone, or call in a professional to do the job for you.
We hope you enjoy reading our blog post, if you have questions please contact us on 01604 585848, we are more than happy to give you some expert advice on how to restore your granite worktop. Alternatively, you can send us a message via our online contact form.