GRANITE WORKTOP CARE GUIDE

Granite is a natural rock and is subject to colour and texture variation.  Each granite slab is unique, with random and inconsistent patterns giving granite its beautiful and classic appearance.  The texture variation on some of the granites can show blemishes or pits which will only be apparent from certain angles, these are not faults, it is where the formation of the granite has occurred and it is a natural characteristic of the stone.

Granite is tough and one of the hardest materials known, however granite worktops can stain and are not impervious to damage, so to keep your granite worktops and surfaces looking their best for many years to come we recommend you follow the following care guidelines:-

First and most important is sealing, all granite worktops even though they are polished must be sealed with two coats of stainstop.

SEALING

Once granite has been fitted, allow a couple of days for the granite to dry, this is due to water having been used in the cutting process.  You are now ready to clean your worktops before applying two coats of MPG Sealer.

The first coat of MPG Sealer can be applied with a brush or rag and then allowed to impregnate the granite for up to 4 hours.  The second coat should be left on overnight and then any residue can be removed with a damp cloth.

This process can be repeated periodically to ensure the protection of your granite worktops.

CARE

Granite must not be rubbed with abrasive materials (such as metal pads, scouring pads and wire wool or alkaline and chlorine based cleaners or bleach) instead, wash with clean warm soapy water and dry with a cloth.

Spilt liquids should be mopped up immediately.  The most risk is from highly alkaline or acidic liquids (such as lemon juice or vinegar), oil based substances (such as butter and cooking oils or hot oil splattering from cooking pans around the cooker), wine, detergents and alcohol.

Do not allow any build up of salt or detergent on your granite worktop.

Granite worktops should not be brought into contact with strong acids or chemicals including paint stripper, brush cleaner, oven cleaner, nail varnish remover, degreasing or similar products.

Granite worktops can chip, crack or even break so care must be taken at all times.  The use of a chopping board as a preparation area can reduce the risk of damage or staining to your granite worktop.

Do not expose your granite worktop to excessive heat, we advise the use of a tripod or similar to place your pans on when taken directly from the cooker.

Granite has been used for thousands of years for buildings and homes it has a long lasting appearance and looks beautiful at all times. Granite is very attractive and practical for the home, an ideal choice for worktops and with a few simple measures you will enjoy your granite for many years to come.