Maintaining your granite worktops is easy, but it's important to make sure you follow some simple guidelines to care for them.
Harsh chemicals can damage natural stone so it's important to only use recommended products to clean your worktops. We recommend EasyCare® by Lithofin as this will clean and protect the worktops maintaining their shine.
Although granite is an extremely strong material, products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids can damage natural stone and these should not be used to clean your worktops. The stone can also be dulled by strong detergents, corrosive liquids, abrasive cleaners, scouring powders and antibacterials.
If there are any spills on your worktops, simply using a soft, clean cloth to clean the stone is the best way to keep them looking their best.
Make sure you wipe up any spills as many foods and drinks contain acids that can dull the surface of the stone. As long as any spills are cleaned up, the stone will not stain or dull.
Again, this can simply be done with a soft clean cloth, cleaning products are not necessary to clean up spills If you don't manage to catch a spill straight away, a clean wet cloth will help loosen the residue.
We also recommend that you use coasters under glasses, especially those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
Keeping a clean microfibre cloth at hand is a great way to ensure you can clean up any spills quickly to avoid any staining.
Any worktops should be protected from hot pots and pans with heatproof mats, this also applies to granite worktops.
Do not put pans, pots, kettles or skillets directly onto your worktops as this can cause a thermal shock that could crack the worktop. Using a heatproof matt will ensure your worktops is protected from sudden exposure to heat.
Although granite is very tough and very difficult to scratch, it's always good to take precautions. Use a chopping board instead of using sharp utensils directly on the worktop to minimise the chances of the worktop scratching.
It's also important that you don't drop heavy items directly onto the worktop as it could cause a chip or crack. This probably all sounds like common sense, but these simple tips will ensure your worktops look great for years to come.