Care and Maintenance
Polished granite and quartz kitchen countertops make the ideal kitchen work surface. Although granite and quartz is regarded as the most practical and durable work surface available for household kitchens they are not indestructible, therefore care must be taken when using sharp or heavy objects in order not to scratch or chip the surface.
Always chop food on a chopping board with rubber feet, and not directly on the granite or quartz surface.
Cleaning the Stone
All natural stone surfaces have had two coats of stain stop applied at the factory. The stain stop sealer acts as a protective coating, which reduces the porosity of the natural surface. Quartz is not porous and therefore does not require sealing.
Granite and Quartz worksurfaces should be cleaned using a neutral detergent i.e. mild soapy/fairy liquid and warm water solution, using a clean non abrasive soft cloth and buff dry. Purchase an empty 500ml spray bottle and fill with 8 parts water and 2 parts fairy liquid and use this to clean when required. Do not use bleach or chemicals to clean.
Sealer for granite would need to be applied approximately every twelve months or sooner if any surface undergoes heavy use.
You can test your granite worktops by applying a drop of water on the surface, if it starts to disappear it is no longer protected and will require sealing. If it remains on the surface like a water ball it is still protected. Some sealers on the market today can protect for two to three years before requiring a reseal. Use leading brand names: Lithofin, Dry Treat, LTP and Nu Life work brilliantly.