How Tough Are Granite Worktops?
Granite worktops are sold as some of the toughest surfaces around, and that reputation is more than justified. The granite that makes up your worktop is not something that’s created in a factory – it’s been around for thousands of years, its natural properties making it the ideal choice for a tough, attractive surface. But exactly how tough is granite?
Granite is known for being extremely resistant to cuts, chips and scratches – problems that you might experience with other, less durable surfaces. Many people say that you can use your granite worktop as a chopping board – no need to purchase a separate one, as there’s no danger of your knife damaging the surface. While this may be true, and your worktop might be unaffected by your knife, it’s not recommended for two reasons:
- Granite isn’t indestructible, and you might scratch it eventually
- You will probably damage your knife!
In terms of stains, you have almost nothing to worry about with your granite worktop – if your surface is properly sealed, it will be highly resistant to stains and the absorption of liquid. The sealant makes all the difference here – granite itself is naturally absorbent, so ensure it is properly sealed before you put it to use. On the subject of sealant, make sure to have your worktops resealed on a yearly basis to keep them fresh and ensure they enjoy a longer lifespan.
This resistance to stains means that granite worktops are very easy to keep clean. All you need is a microbial product or a pH-balanced cleaning fluid – there will be certain cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer or designed specifically for use on granite surfaces – and a cloth. Simply wipe the surface down as and when you need to, but try and act quickly if you do spill something – if left for too long, there’s a chance the liquid could soak into the worktop.
As tough as they are, granite worktops aren’t invincible, and there’s a few things that should be kept well away from them. Strong acids or chemicals will damage the surface, and that includes products like:
- Nail varnish remover
- Paint stripper
- Brush cleaner
- Oven cleaner
If the liquid that comes into contact with your worktop is pH balanced, then you don’t have to worry about damage. Make sure to check that any cleaning product you are thinking of using on your worktop is pH balanced – you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble and keep your surface looking spotless.
Touchstone Worktops are proud to provide our customers with the highest quality granite worktops around. Our years of experience and product knowledge means we can deliver and install the perfect surface for your kitchen or bathroom. Simply get in touch with us today to find out more.