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Maintenance

  • Granite is exceptionally durable as a kitchen surface and with reasonable care will stay beautiful indefinitely. 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 not be used. 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 not repairable but can sometimes be masked with special polish.
  • Granite is slightly porous so we seal 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 (marble is especially vulnerable to acids). The bleach used to extend the life of cut flowers will damage marble.
  • Clear or coloured wax polish can revive a dull top
  • Marble is softer than granite and scratches quite easily so avoid abrasives and avoid dragging heavy items that may be gritty underneath. Surface scratches can sometimes be polished out but it can leave a slight dip that is visible in certain lighting conditions