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Ten Facts About Granite

  1. Absorbency: Granite is impervious to water and is in fact, less absorbent than most solid surfaces. It is commonly used as building material for high-rise buildings due to its ability to withstand gale force winds and rain. It is the primary product for kitchen counter tops because of its ability to repel water, stay hygienic and clean.
  2. Stains: Granite is resistant to stain provided any liquid spilled on its top is wiped away as quickly as possible. However, even water can soak into a granite top and leave a dark spot. This though, will vaporize within minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate such as oil, if left on the granite top, will seep into through and cause a staining mark. Most stains (including oil stains) can be removed. This will draw out the oil from the stone.
  3. Lost polish: Over the years, without adequate care and maintenance, your granite may lose its polish and shine. Generally, it does not require intense maintenance. However, annual re-polishing and sealing are recommended to maintain that just-installed look.
  4. Scratches: Granite is highly scratch resistant and normal daily use will not adversely affect your top.
  5. Maintenance: Routine cleaning using the right products is generally all that is required to maintain the beauty of your stone. Maintenance will assist to restore original shine. This involves a re-application of a penetrating sealer and rebuffing where necessary.
  6. Heat: Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of cooking pots and pans without damage.
  7. Colour: Granite is composed of a variety of minerals each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz. This is a somewhat translucent white/gray colored mineral that is responsible for the hardness of granite. In addition, each granite stone varies in colour, shading, texture and veining. No two are the same.
  8. Hygiene: Bacteria is found everywhere in our environment including all solid kitchen surfaces. Regular cleaning of your granite, like any other top is recommended using an anti-bacterial soap or other recommended cleaning products (see our welcome pack for further details).
  9. Granite & Marble: These are natural stones formed in very much the same way. However, the two stones are very different. Marble is a calcious material formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, on the other hand, is an igneous rock. This is essentially, a molten magma which is cooled and then hardened through the natural process below the earth's surface.
  10. Cost: Granite is usually competitively prices compared to other high-end solid surfaces. It offers an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance, longevity and style. Besides, it allows you to express your individual taste and style since no two granite colours are the same. When compared to other solid surfaces, granite offers a value that is unmatched.