Our Guide to Granite Worktops
At Total Tops, we are experts in the supply and installation of granite worktops throughout the South-East. This means that we are used to answering questions about the use of granite in kitchen settings. It is a very fashionable material, after all, and will complement many different kitchen interior decoration styles. That said, there are some notable considerations to take into account before you invest in granite worktops for your home. What are they? Read on to find out.
A Unique Look
To begin with, granite is a natural material. Although it comes in lots of different tones and with many different details which can often be replicated throughout a slab, no two worktops will ever look the same. So, if you were wanting to replicate the exact look of a kitchen you like, then you can’t do it with granite. Nor will you be able to have a matching look on one worktop compared to another. There’s a difference between matching and coordinating, however.
Granite worktops certainly coordinate well with one another and their unique appearance often draws other disparate tonal qualities in a kitchen together.
Known the world over for its toughness, granite is an igneous rock. Made up mostly of quartz and feldspar, it scores around 7 Mohs on the hardness scale. This means it can be cut to size by experts who know what they’re doing but, once installed, granite worktops will offer years and years of use.
That’s a good thing because granite is more expensive than other options until you factor in its life cycle. Even better, its hard-wearing properties will add value to your home.
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A Porous Stone
Like some other worktop surfaces, granite will allow water to penetrate it. It is not a sponge, however, and you should not worry that it will go out of shape when it is exposed to fluids.
All that is needed is to seal it and this will make stains and penetrating damp almost impossible in your kitchen. Indeed, once sealed, it is ideal for busy kitchens where staining materials might be present from time to time. It can handle anything from cosmetics to ketchup on it without a problem if sealed regularly.
Because it is heavy and hard to cut into shape, a professional installation is highly recommended with granite worktops. Simply put, if you try to fit it yourself, then you could easily find it much harder to handle than you had bargained for!
Maintaining Granite Worktops
Granite is UV resistant and can handle moderate to high levels of heat without issue. So, there is very little you need to do to maintain it. Resealing it once a year is recommended, however. Wipe up spillages with nothing more than soapy water.
If something that is particularly staining has been left in place without being cleaned, then try to blot clean it off with a non-abrasive cleaner. If that does not do the trick, we’d recommend contacting us for advice on the specific issue at hand.