How to clean your granite worktop
The following recommendations have been made to preserve the quality and lifetime of your new worktop. The surface has already been sealed and is a fairly easy surface to maintain:
- Whenever there is a substance on the worksurface, wipe immediately. Do not let any liquids dry on the worktop because although granite is relatively non-porous due to the interlocking nature of the crystallized minerals which it contains, some substances can penetrate and leave irritating water marks.
- Clean the worktop with a neutral base cleaner. The first example of this is to mix fairy liquid (the green one) with warm water. Natural stone soap cleaner is also available from hardware stores or can be ordered online. Astonish marble and granite cleaner is also recommended.
- Dry-off worktops to avoid dull patches appearing. Hard water and soap residues that may have been left behind during daily use need to be wiped. A light neutral(PH7) detergent may be safely added. Drainer grooves can be cleaned using 000 grade, non oiled wire wool.
- Glass and stainless steel cleaning cloths do a good job of leaving the granite smear free and a household spray polish, such as Pledge or Mr. Sheen can be applied to surfaces to clean and maintain the surface shine once every so often.
- Do not expose your granite to excessive heat. We advise using a tripod or chopping board to place your pans on when taken directly from the hob.
- Be mindful of acidic and spirit based items. These include wine, fruits and perfume. Do not cut lemons or anything citrus on your worktop. Care should also be taken with oil based products such as olive and cooking oils as these may stain if allowed to soak into the worktop. Should spillage occur, wipe off as soon as possible.
- Worktops should not be brought into contact with chemicals or strong acids. These include paint stripper, brush cleaner, oven cleaner, nail varnish remover, degreasant or similar products.
- Removing stains (if absolutely necessary). For removing ink, wine or marker stains from darker stones use a lacquer thinner or acetone.
- Reseal worktops every year. A sealer can be purchased from any hardware store or online. We recommend Lithofin sealer but there are alternatives that are just as good.