Caring for Granite Worktops

Granite is a very popular choice for kitchen countertops, and as one of the most durable materials out there, with the right care and attention it can continue making a home look and feel luxurious for a long time.

However, our kitchen counter tops have a lot to deal with on a day-to-day basis, and it is important that you care for them properly in order to have them looking their best. Here, we will give you some tips on how to care for your granite work tops.

Spills

Don’t allow any spills to sit on your surface for too long, as granite is a porous material and can easily stain if subjected to deeply coloured, acidic foods such as beetroot, lemon juice and some liquids like wine and cooking oil.

When you spill something on your surface, use a piece of kitchen towel soaked with warm water to wipe it up. If necessary, you can also use an antibacterial wipe which can be disposed of after use.

Cleaning

You should clean your worktop regularly in order to maintain proper hygiene levels and keep the granite looking as good as possible. This should be done using a clean, soft wet cloth in combination with a pH neutral detergent.

Do not use abrasive sponges, scouring detergents or bleach when cleaning your surface, as this can damage the granite or make it appear dull or stained. Repeat the cleaning process several times a week for the best affect.

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Chopping

Although granite is a very durable material, you should still avoid chopping food directly on the surface. Granite is not usually able to be marked with a kitchen knife, however chopping acidic foods with a hard-wearing modern knife is risky, and can still dull or damage the surface.

It is best to purchase a chopping board for cutting up food in the kitchen, as this will protect your surface and is more hygienic when it comes to dealing with foods like raw chicken.

Extreme Temperatures

Do not put hot pans directly onto your granite worktop, as although granite is very durable and heat-resistant, cooking residue and extreme levels of heat can still damage the surface.

To protect your surface, purchase a heat-resistant mat or trivet from your local cookware shop.

We hope you found our care tips for your granite worktop helpful and you’ll soon be getting the most out of your granite worktop. Here at Granite House, we offer a wide range of options, from granite worktops to stone paving. For more information, contact us today by calling 01704 228574.

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