How to Care for Your Granite Worktops
The worktops in your kitchen aren’t just there to look beautiful; they also have to be functional. You’ve spent a considerable amount of time picking out the perfect granite worktop for your new kitchen – so spending some time on the upkeep for it is going to be beneficial in the long run.
There are a few things you need to be aware of when you have granite worktops; but if you follow these tips and tricks, your granite will look great and have the ability to endure years of use.
Oil – An everyday cooking essential in most homes, but when it is used in cooking; some residual oil will leak down the bottle – this can stain your worktops and leave unsightly stains. All bottles of oil and anything oil related should be kept in a cupboard.
Cutting on Granite – When preparing meat or vegetables for dinner, always use a chopping board. Having any contamination from your meat transferred to your granite can cause illness. Many of those in the catering profession will attest that using a knife directly on granite will actually dull and damage your knife.
Heat – This is a tricky one, the jury is still out on whether placing hot pots or pans on granite is a good or bad thing. It all depends on the sealant used to protect the granite, if the sealant is wearing thin or the granite itself is thin, it can crack or leave a mark. The safest option is to use a potholder; much better to be safer now, rather than sorry later.
Spills – Get into the habit of cleaning up spills as and when they happen. Granite absorbs moisture, so if water is left for an extended period of time, it can leave a dark shadowy spot. It also depends on what you spill – be especially careful when enjoying a glass of cranberry juice or wine; if these are spilled it can leave a stain on a lighter colour of granite if not cleaned up immediately.
Abrasives & Acids – Don’t use scouring cleaning products, in cream or powder form. Avoid using steel wool products as the abrasives will slowly eat away at the sealant, and leave your granite unprotected. Do not use cleaners with ingredients such as; vinegar, lemon juice or ammonia – these will also attack the sealant. Lemon juice in particular can do damage to your worktop permanently as it contains calcite. Calcite reacts harshly when in contact with acids and creates etch marks on the surface of natural stone.
Kitchen remodelling can drastically raise the value of your home, as well as looking beautiful. Caring for your granite and treating it like the investment that it is, will go a long way to preserving the condition of your kitchen.