Care and maintenance of your Granite work surface
Granite worktops provide a durable, hygienic work surface which when used with care will last a lifetime.
It should be appreciated however that granite is a natural material which does need proper care and attention to ensure maximum serviceability. The following care and maintenance guidelines should therefore be observed.
Your granite work surface has been treated with a proprietary sealer in the workshop as the final part of the production process, prior to delivery and installation. This sealer impregnates deep into the surface of the stone to prevent staining problems occurring.
On a day to day basis granite simply requires a wipe down with warm soapy water, then buff dry with a soft, clean cloth to restore its natural beauty.
Contrary to popular belief all granite is porous to some degree and whilst it has been sealed it is still important to wipe up all spills immediately. Cooking oils, red wine, lemon juice, dark fruit juice, beetroot etc. can all cause staining if left on the work surface for any length of time - so be diligent and wipe up quickly should spills occur.
In the event of any stubborn marks appearing, firstly wipe the granite surface clean with warm soapy water and apply a small amount of cream cleaner like CIF allow to penetrate for a few minutes and agitate with a plastic bristled brush and wash off with clean water. For hardened substances, such as food etc. remove by gently scraping the material off the granite with a blunt plastic blade, then wash off with warm water.
Granite is extremely resistant to heat and can withstand moderately high temperatures for a brief period of time without causing surface damage. Do not however put very hot objects directly onto the work surface, as extreme sudden heat changes can damage the granite beyond repair. Always use a pan trivet to protect your surfaces from extreme heat of this kind.
Chemicals to avoid
Avoid exposing your granite to strong chemicals, solvents and aggressive / abrasive oven cleaners e.g. neat bleach, caustic soda, scouring powders, paint stripper, nail polish remover, concentrated disinfectants and any chlorine based products. If any of these solutions are spilt on the granite, rinse off immediately with plenty of clean water to minimise their effect.
Although your granite work surfaces are extremely scratch and heat resistant, we recommend that you protect them by using chopping boards at all times during food preparation / cutting operations.
Do not use grease removers on your granite as these can dull the polish and cause stains.
It is possible to chip granite, particularly on the more vulnerable edges, so avoid any hammering operations and try not to let heavy or pointed objects strike the top of your granite work surface.
Your granite should be treated annually using a specialist Care Kit - available to mail order at www.stonewrightuk.co.uk.
The kit contains all you need to clean, re-seal and polish the granite just by following the simple instructions provided.
Warranty letter - http://www.cimstone.co.uk/Pdf/garanti_web.pdf
Warranty registration - http://www.cimstone.co.uk/default.asp?L=EN&mid=269&parid=267
Maintenance and care - http://www.cimstone.co.uk/default.asp?L=EN&mid=229&parid=225
Warranty letter - http://silestone.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/warranty-registration-uk.pdf
Warranty registration - http://warranty.cosentino.com/
Maintenance and care - http://www.silestone.co.uk/customer-service/quartz-countertop-maintenance/
Corian® Solid Surface
Maintenance and care - http://www.dupont.com/products-and-services/construction-materials/surface-design-materials/brands/corian-solid-surfaces/articles/how-to-clean-corian.html
Warranty registration - http://www.dupont.co.uk/products-and-services/construction-materials/surface-design-materials/brands/corian-solid-surfaces/articles/kitchen-worktop.html