CARE AND MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR GRANITE SURFACE
Here are a few tips on how to keep your Granite surface looking its best.
Please Note: Granite is still a natural material and although much stronger than marble, some colours are sealed to assist with rendering it less permeable to oils and being ‘etched’ by acids.
Clean the surface after each use with mild detergent soap and water and then wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
After prolonged or heavy exposure to oils, acidic or deeply coloured fruits/vegetables that have been prepared on the surface but not cleaned off promptly, it may be necessary to clean the surface with warm water and a small amount of standard non-abrasive household cleaner such as some of the following however, please be sure to thoroughly rinse the residue of these cleaning products off the surface as soon as possible.
Mr Muscle Multi-Surface Cleaner
Liqui Cleen Cream
Easy Off Bang Gel
Things to Avoid
Although granite is reasonably heat resistant, prolonged exposure to excessive heat from pots, skillets or poorly insulated crock pots may damage the surface due to thermal shock.
When setting a heated object on your granite surface, please ensure the use of a trivet or hot pad.
When cutting up fruits, vegetables and meats, a cutting board is advisable as the surface may blunt your utensils and a cutting board will make the surface easier to clean and prolong the appearance of the surface.
Most household chemicals do not affect granite but there are some household agents that should be avoided such as:
- Drain cleaners
- Oven cleaners
- Paint removers/strippers
These contain Methylene Chloride or other chemicals with a high Alkaline/PH level and should be removed immediately with warm water and mild detergent cleaner should they come into contact with the surface.
Even brief contact with these substances may damage your granite surface.