21 September 2015
7 facts to know before you go for Granite Kitchen Worktops
Granite can offer your kitchen a sense of elegance, style and practicality. The natural stone is extracted from quarries all around the world, hence the different patterns that are achieved through the geological formation of the area. It looks great in the kitchen, but like everything luxurious, it needs looking after properly, and not many people know where to start.
Here’s seven useful bits of info you should probably know when purchasing a Granite work-top:
- Does it absorb liquid? Granite is less absorbent than most solid surfaces, and can be stain-resistant provided anything spilt is wiped up and cleaned quickly. Liquids that do not evaporate such as oil, can seep through and cause a staining mark if left on the surface long enough. If in the unfortunate event your worktop does stain, hit the internet for solutions – there are loads of crazy methods fellow granite-owners use to remove stains!
- Will it all be the same colour? You have to think of Granite like you think of finger prints – no two pieces are ever the same. The shade will vary, the colour will vary and so will the veining. This is because, essentially, you are taking a bit of rock out of the Earth and putting it in your kitchen – the natural formation of patterns is often what makes it so beautiful.
- Can I put my hot pan down? Yes. Granite is extremely heat resistant and can withstand the heat of pots and pans straight off the hob/ out of the oven without damage.
- Do I have to polish it all the time? No, however light maintenance is required. Regular cleaning using the right products is a pretty safe bet to maintain your Granite. Re-application of a penetrating sealer each year will help to keep its polished look and robust qualities.
- Will it scratch? Normal daily activities will not usually leave scratches on your Granite, but lets be honest here; if you’re going to use it as a chopping board or throw knives at it to see if it scratches… it’s probably going to scratch – most of which could probably be polished out however.
- Is it free from bacteria? Bacteria is found literally everywhere in our environment including Granite worktops. It is recommended you use good quality anti-bacterial cleaning products, just like you would with any other kitchen.
- Is it the most expensive worktop? No actually. Granite is usually quite competitive in price compared to other stone worktops such as Quartz. If you definitely don’t want a laminate or solid wood worktop, then 9/10 Granite is usually the best option for you.
Don’t fancy Granite? Keep a look out for other kitchen posts on our blog for more facts and ideas about designing your new kitchen