1. Don't Use Chemicals!
Should you accidentally spill a chemical such as an alkali, chlorine or bleach on your work-surfaces, remove it immediately using a cloth and near cold water. Remember that some common house-hold cleaners may also contain detrimental chemicals. Granite worktops are porous and any chemicals that seep into them may cause structural damage.
2. Avoid Contact with Strong Steel!
Strong steel can scratch the surface of the granite so do not chop or put heavy pans directly on it. Wire wool (mild steel) however, is an excellent product for removing any stains on the work-surface.
3. Avoid contacting the surface with precious stones!
Precious stones such as diamonds can scratch the surface of the granite. Stones can end up wedged in shoes which can cause scratches. Granite also becomes weakened around the cut-outs which can crack if excessive weight is placed on these points.
4. Don’t Stand on the Worksurfaces
Stones can end up wedged in shoes which can cause scratches. Granite worktops also becomes weakened around the cut-outs which can crack if excessive weight is placed on these points.
5. Avoid Excess Heat
You should not put hot pans onto you granite worktops. Get a trivet to place your pans on when taken directly from the hob.
6. Drainer Grooves Care
If you have an undermount sink and are looking for the best method of cleaning the grooves, use a combination of wire wool and wax.
7. Products to Watch Out For
Fizzy drinks, citrus products, tea bags, wine, curry, saffron, blackcurrant, beetroot and vinegar spills can all cause staining and should be wiped up immediately.
8. Do Not Hit the Surfaces with Anything Blunt and Heavy
Dropping or hitting your granite worktops with something blunt and heavy can crack, chip or even break them – the edges are particularly at risk of damage.
9. Soap and Water
Soap and water is all that is needed to clean granite worktops. Use a neutral detergent and rinse with clean water. Then buff the surface dry with a soft clean cloth.
10. Get a Care Kit
You can optionally purchase ‘Care Kits’ which contain products such as waterproofing oil, wax and cleaning fluid). These kits are generally available for £20-30 and will ensure a long lasting finish.