Granite is an igneous rock having a visible crystalline texture composed of Feldspar and Quartz. It is quiet literally as old as the earth, and is formed of liquid magma, the molten rock still found at the core of the planet, cooled slowly to form a substance approaching the hardness and durability of Diamond.
Granite owes it's hardness and density to the fact that it has been solidified deep within the Earth, under extreme pressure, which makes it resistant to scratching from every day use.
Granite offers a timeless beauty which will really bring the individual characteristics of a kitchen together, can increase the value of your home, and at the same time is more hard wearing than other traditional materials used around the home.
When talking about granite, there is one characteristic we have to point out - it`s versatility. Many people just think of it as a material for kitchen worktops but it is so much more, it can be used as a wall and floor covering.
The richness in color as well as in texture enables you to make a ton of different combination and tailor the look and feel of the room to your needs. And, at the same time, it will radiate class and evoke the natural beauty of the past centuries, when it was reserved only for the elite members of the society.
You may not believe me when I tell you this, but you will enjoy cleaning your granite kitchen worktops, wall and floor tiles. Why? I'm glad you asked. Granite surfaces are so easy to clean because of the glossy finish obtained by the polishing process itself.
The finish is very durable and resistant, and beautiful, at the same time. So all you need to be doing is give it a good wipe and it will be as good as new.
Of course, I would like to point out some good and bad practices you need to adopt to give your granite a few more years (or decades).
Granite hates spillage. It is very important that you memorize this so well that becomes yours second nature. If you spill something on your granite kitchen worktop, wipe it off immediately, don't let it soak in.
Some of the top 'villains' you need to wipe right off are:
- lemon juice
- cooking oil etc.
Another good practice is to "change it's oil" every 4 months. Now, I didn’t mean you literally need to change it's oil, I was referring to the re-sealing of your granite worktops. The reason behind this is the characteristic of the granite itself.
Since granite is semi-porous material, if it is not properly sealed it can absorb water and/or grease, which will lead to permanent stains. If you want to avoid this, you need to take care of the seals as they will close off the pores and prevent the stains from getting in.
We mentioned before that good practice is cleaning, but if you are not careful, it can get very bad very fast. When cleaning your granite, avoid abrasive materials at any cost, use only warm, soapy water in combination with a soft sponge.
Another, often overlooked, bad practice is using the granite as a chopping board. People think it is strong and solid so what can go wrong, right? Wrong! Heavy, blunt objects can literally destroy your granite worktop. Cause it to crack and break, leaving behind nasty scars and an invitation to all sorts of future problems.
So, remember, take care of your granite and it will take care of you!