How to look after your granite and marble

Granite

  • Granite is exceptionally durable as a kitchen surface and with reasonable care will stay beautiful indefinitely. So how to look after granite? We recommend microfibre cloths (e-cloths) and clean water or a neutral detergent. Special granite cleaner such as ‘K30’ is very useful also as a general purpose cleaner in the kitchen. You can buy it from Caraco. Buff to a shine using a clean cloth. Use a razor blade or fine wire wool for firmly adhering deposits such as limescale (but don’t get the wire wool in the sink as it rusts!) Aggressive cleaners such as cif and bleach should only be used occasionally. Anti-bacterial products are not recommended.
  • Granite is very hard but can scratch. Due to the gloss surface, scratches are often visible so the use of a cutting board is advised. Surface scratches are difficult to repair but can sometimes be masked with special polish.
  • Granite is slightly porous so we treat all tops with a special anti-stain treatment at the factory. This is considered a permanent treatment but may require re-sealing in time or after particularly intensive cleaning. This is not a DIY product so please contact us.
  • Highly coloured substances such as beetroot, red wine and curry powder should be wiped up immediately as they can stain. This is more obvious with lighter colours. Plain black has been known to show water marks, which can be difficult to remove, so take particular care with black granite.
  • Acidic substances such as vinegar and lemon juice should be wiped up immediately as they can etch into the surface
  • Clear or coloured wax polish can revive a dull top

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Marble

  • Although it is stone, marble is softer than granite which it is why it is popular for carving and why it is not recommended for kitchen worktops.
  • Take care to avoid contact with acids, bleach and aggressive cleaners
  • Take care to minimise contact with cosmetics and other bathroom products

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Quartz

  • Quartz is exceptionally durable as a kitchen surface and with reasonable care will stay beautiful indefinitely. So how to look after quartz? We recommend microfibre cloths (e-cloths) and clean water or a neutral detergent. Special granite cleaner such as ‘K30’ is very useful also as a general purpose cleaner in the kitchen. You can buy it from Caraco. Buff to a shine using a clean cloth. Use a razor blade or fine wire wool for firmly adhering deposits such as limescale (but don’t get the wire wool in the sink as it rusts!) Aggressive cleaners such as cif and bleach should only be used occasionally. Anti-bacterial products are not recommended.
  • Quartz is very hard but can scratch. Due to the polished surface, scratches can be visible visible so the use of a cutting board is advised. Surface scratches are difficult to repair but can sometimes be masked with special polish.
  • Highly coloured substances such as beetroot, red wine and curry powder should be wiped up immediately as they can stain temporarily. This is more obvious with lighter colours. The quartz itself is non porous so any staining is microscopic particles lodged in the microsurface and can be cleaned off using cif or viacal
  • Alkaline substances should be wiped up immediately as they can react with the resin binder
  • Clear or coloured wax polish can revive a dull top

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Repairs

Deep scratches and chips can usually be successfully repaired using a special resin. Light scratches too small to be filled can be minimised by using a wax polish.  A ‘tired’ top can be thoroughly cleaned and repolished. The mirror finish of the original top can only be achieved in a workshop so is not something that can be re-done in situ.

 

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After

If you need to re-do the silicone seal around the sink or between the top and the splashback you should only use special silicone for stone as most plumbers or builders silicone contains substances which gradually leach into the stone and gradually spoil it.  We usually keep some here