Granite is a highly sought-after material for floors and counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms, and it’s not hard to see why. As well as looking beautiful, this material is highly durable and long-lasting. With its growing popularity and continuing developments in technology, its price is coming down all the time too – making it an even more viable option.
If you’re interesting in adding granite to your home or taking care of granite features already in place, here’s what you need to know.
You may have heard that granite cleaning can difficult but, provided you know the right techniques, it can actually be pretty straightforward.
Granite is often considered one of the most resilient flooring and work surfaces available. Treated well, it will last for decades and this is precisely what makes it such a well-regarded construction material.
The main attraction of granite for home use is, of course, its appearance. Smoky quartz, light-reflecting mica, and other particles combine to make a gorgeous, complex granular texture. Granite is naturally found in an array of different colours, making it incredibly easy to integrate it into your space. Want to know the best tip for cleaning granite? Buff it regularly and be sure to wipe up spills straight away and it’ll stay beautiful for years on end.
General Wear and Tear
Being a porous stone, untreated granite will very quickly absorb oils and liquids from spills. For this reason, it’s important to make sure your granite is sealed at the point of purchase, and that the seal is checked every few years.
Regular granite cleaning and buffing will help to prevent unsightly watermarks from forming on the surface of your floor or worktop. Beyond this, granite work surfaces don’t mark, even if you chop vegetables directly on top of them, and they are unlikely to chip, discolour or scuff in the course of normal use. Floors are subject to different kinds of wear and tear, but unless something very heavy is dropped on top of them they should also last well.
Using Cleaning Products
To keep it looking its absolute best, it’s worth taking time to regularly dust your stone surface down to avoid scratching. Granite cleaning has a bad reputation. This is partly because a lot of common cleaners – including ceramic cleaners and household acids such as lemon and vinegar – can damage its seal. The good news, however, is that it’s easy to keep your surfaces sparkling without needing to use expensive granite cleaning products: simply wash with dish soap and cold water, rinse away any residue, and buff with a soft microfiber cloth to stop water marks from forming.
Owing to the increased popularity of granite, buyers should be aware that some vendors may attempt to sell them dyed stone. You can tell before buying if you are being sold a fake by putting lemon juice or vinegar – or some other product not usually recommended for granite cleaning – on a small corner of the sample you will be given by the vendor. If the colour runs off, don’t proceed with the sale.
If you’re considering investing in these beautiful, durable, high-quality surfaces for your home, follow these tips to ensure that your granite stays good as new for years to come.