Worktops come in a variety of colours, sizes, designs and materials so there is always something for everyone. One of the more expensive options for your worktop is granite but for good reason. Granite is an extremely durable material that will last for years to come and can even increase the value of your property by up to 25% in some cases. However, this material will only have these benefits if it is looked after properly, this guide should help you to understand this material better and know how to take care of it properly.
Does It Scratch Easily?
Granite can only be scratched by materials that are harder than itself, such as diamonds, so watch out for any diamond jewellery you may own. Knives are made out of a softer material so they shouldn’t cause any harm to your granite worktops. We’d still advise you to use a chopping board because chopping straight onto granite can actually make your knives blunt.
Is It Heat Resistant?
Granite itself is very heat resistant and pots and pans that are placed on it up to about 500 degrees Celcius shouldn’t affect it. However, your granite is usually covered in a protective coating which is less resistant to heat than the stone itself so if you burn through that, it could create black rings from the pots and become more prone to staining. Therefore, it is recommended to put pots and pans onto mats rather than directly onto the worktop so it lasts for as long as possible.
Will It Stain?
When looked after properly, granite doesn’t really stain. Like anything, if it has soaked in the stain it becomes harder to remove, especially oils, fruit juices and wine but the good news is that these stains can be removed. Oil can be removed with baking soda and acetone and organic stains can be removed with bleach.
Sealing Your Granite
Granite sealants do break down over time, so to keep the worktop in a good condition for as long as possible, it is recommended to seal it around every three months. Sealing your worktops is very important because it adds a protective barrier that prevents stains.
The sealer is very easy to apply, you need to spray it all over your worktop and allow it to sit for 10 minutes but while doing this, make sure the room is properly ventilated. After the time is up, wipe over the worktop with a clean paper cloth in circular motions to remove any excess liquid. Then you need to leave your counter to rest and don’t touch it for at least 6 hours. Remember that before you use it it is important to clean it again to remove any remaining residue.
Cleaning Your Worktop
When cleaning your worktops, make sure not to use souring brushes, abrasive sponges or any alkaline detergents. The best thing to use is a soft cloth using either water or a neutral ph detergent to clean the worktop.