At Kitchen Worktops Store, we want you to have the best price and the best quality kitchen worktop. And when your new kitchen has been fitted, we want to help make sure you get the most out of the new worktops. So, to help, we have some tips for how to keep your granite kitchen worktops sparkling for longer.
Now granite is an igneous rock that is made from silicate minerals. Because of its composition of interlocking grains, grainite and both incredibly hard and almost completely non porous.
This non porous/hard structure makes granite a popular choice for kitchen worktops. It is super strong, durable and has a beautiful natural look.
It requires very little in actual maintenance and can easily withstand the heat of hot cooking pots. And because it is a non porous material, it is also incredibly hygienic. Again, making it a great choice for kitchen worktops.
This all may sound too good to be true but remember – there are always two sides to the coin. Granite can crack if a heavy object falls from a high enough height. Impact cracks are a vulnerability of granite. The lighter shades of granite can also show up stains more readily than darker colours which some people may not like.
Certain acidic foods and sauces like wine, vinegar, coffee and fruit juices can stain granite.
So how do you go about cleaning granite worktops to keep them sparkling?
A neutral pH balanced cleaner is the best for granite worktops. Any natural cleaners that are high in acid concentration should be avoided. Any cleaning agents that use harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach can dull the finish of granite so they should be avoided.
An easy tip to help your kitchens look sparkling – wipe up any liquids and spills as soon as you can with a soft sponge.
So avoid acidic cleaning agents and clean up after yourself. Sounds simple. What else? Well for daily cleaning, we would recommend a cleaner that has been formulated specifically for stone counters like granite.
There are many to choose from. We advise that you spend a few minutes in the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket to check the labels of a few and decide from there which will be best going forwards.
A few minutes spent reading the label can keep your granite kitchen worktops gleaming and sparkling for years to come.