Granite & Quartz Worktops: Care Guide
When it comes to Granite & Quartz worktops, they need to be taken care of.
Whether you’re an existing customer, need some advice, or are just researching whether to have a granite or quartz worktops, we have provided what we hope will be useful guide.
With the proper care, your granite & quartz worktops – or, for some, marble worktops — will stay looking new for years to come. Stone is one of the easiest surfaces to maintain, with granite being virtually un-scratchable.
Whilst granite is a natural product, variances will occur from slab to slab and also from stone types, you can enjoy your new work surfaces but treat them with care and respect and they will last for a lifetime.
How to look after granite & quartz worktops
Step 1: Always use a suitable chopping board. A trivet should be used for hot items like saucepans and cooking trays.
Step 2: Wipe around tap area regularly to avoid scale build up. (Never use a descaler on your Granite)
Step 3: Blot up spills immediately, before they have time to penetrate the surface. Do not place tea bags or tea or coffee cups directly onto the surface as spills can soak into the surface over time, use a coaster whenever possible.
Step 4: Clean the worktop surface with a few drops of neutral cleaner or mild diluted dishwashing liquid and warm water.
Step 5: Use a soft, clean cloth to clean the granite, rinse after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft, clean cloth and buff to the original shine.
Step 6 : Consider using a new disinfectant cleaner made specifically for granite.
Granite & Quartz: Tips & Warnings
• Ask a professional to remove or repair a scratch in granite.
• Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface.
• Do not place hot items directly on the stone surface. Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that could scratch the surface.
• Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble granite or limestone. Strong detergents or corrosive liquids can dull the polished marble/granite surface and should not be used.
• Do not use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers, scouring powders, or ‘soft’ cleansers.
• Certain colouring in food may stain, for example curry & bolognaise.
• The work surfaces will require sealing around every 2 years, particularly porous stones. We can supply sealers if requested or you can obtain them from good D.I.Y or tile suppliers.