CARE & MAINTENANCE
Granite Care & Tips
Granite is a beautiful and durable material. By following a few suggestions, your countertops will last a lifetime – a lifetime looking brand new!
Sealing and Cleaning
Prior to installation, your countertops were sealed with a penetrating sealer. They will need to be sealed about once a year. This sealant will help the absorption of any compound that can stain the granite. However, no sealer is perfect, so the best way to avoid a stain is to quickly wipe off the compound in question. Stains are caused most frequently by cooking oil and by rust from pots & pans.
Granite is a quartz based material and can be scratched by anything harder than quartz (such as diamonds). Although knives cannot scratch granite, granite will dull your blades quickly – so it is not recommended to cut on granite surfaces. Certain stoneware dishes containing silica sand (such as pizza- stones) pose a risk of scratching.
Chips and Hot Pans
Hot pans will not affect granite in any way; however, avoid the seams which are epoxy-based and could melt with over-exposure to heat. Chips in granite surfaces are also rare – banging heavy items onto the corner may cause such a chip. If a chip occurs keep that piece – it can be epoxied back into place!
Use products designed specifically for stone. Cleaners and disinfectants of this type are neutral on the acid scale, so they pose no risk of hurting the polish. Avoid bleach or cleaners with grit in them. To avoid streaking, wipe until completely dry. Windex or simple dish-soap and water will work well to clean your counters.
A fissure is a small surface crack that originates from the heat and pressure process the stone experienced during it’s formation. These fissures will not effect the quality of your installation or the durability of the countertop. Occasionally, if the fissure is large enough, it can be filled with epoxy and color- matched. Please be aware that you may or may not notice the fissures during the selection process as the lighting in your kitchen may be different from the showroom.
If you use a marble cutting board make sure the rubber or plastic feet remain secure – remember anything as strong as granite can scratch granite! We even suggest removing diamond rings before cooking.
You may occasionally notice a piece of Quartz or other stone type that is molded into your granite slab. These rocks may not match perfectly to the flow of the stone, but they certainly make your stone an original. These small rocks found their way into the granite while it was heated, and as it cooled, the formation solidified around it. It is possible, on occasion, to cut around these types of formations, but no fabricator can guarantee a perfect stone.
If lime build-up occurs around your faucet, do not use lime-removal products! Gently scraping the lime off with a straight razor is the best solution.