Granite Worktops and Countertops
Granite is incredibly tough and hard wearing making it an ideal material for a kitchen worktop. It has the added benefit of being highly resistant to heat and marking as well as being beautiful. Granite is easy to clean and maintain, provided some simple guidelines are followed.
What is Granite?
Formed by the cooling of lava millions of years ago, it is primarily made up of quartz, feldspar, micas, amphiboles, and a mixture of additional trace minerals. This is what gives Granite such a varied spectrum of colour and texture.
Granite is available in so many beautiful, naturally occurring colours, from pink and grey, through to blue, brown and black. It is naturally rough, but it is polished into a smooth and shiny finish.
The use of Granite has increased over the years due to features such as being highly resistant to weathering. As with any natural stone, it is important to take care of your Granite surface in order to keep it in pristine condition.
Granite Care Information
Before we do anything with Granite, we seal the material to make sure it is protected from staining.
A Granite worktop, like any other worktop, should be cleaned regularly. The best way to clean granite worktops is with a product made for cleaning natural stone, such as Lithofin Easy Care.
Granite is one of the most hard wearing and heat resistant surfaces you could have, however, it will expand under very high temperatures and could cause cracking so it is still advisable to eliminate this risk or any possibility of marks and blemishes from hot pans and dishes by always placing a protective mat underneath them.
We would recommend using a chopping board when cutting, rather than just using the worktop itself. It is important to remember that this is a natural material and although it is highly unlikely you will do any serious damage, cutting directly on the granite surface could cause small scratches to occur.
Any spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible with soapy water, acidic liquids such as wine and orange juice could stain Granite worktops.
We also offer a Bespoke Stone Cleaning Service to keep your surfaces looking great for years to come.
How & where can Granite be used?
Granite can be used in the following applications:
- Bathroom Counter Tops
- Wall Coverings
- Vanity Tops
- Shower Rooms
- Sinks and Trough Basins
- BBQ tops