Granite has a grainy look and ranges in colour options including neutrals like beige, brown, white and yellow and also more vibrant colours like red, green and black. Finished granite will have a glossy, reflective, smooth appearance while matte or honed granite with have a more satin feel and a non-slippery texture, which is better for hiding flaws but more difficult to clean as it requires sealing. Likewise, a leather finish will require more maintenance but will hide fingerprints and dried water stains. The choice finish will affect the appearance of the colours of the granite.
When using granite as a countertop it is important to have it initially sealed and then covered over once a year with store bought sealer for upkeep and to prevent staining. A soft sponge or cloth used with warm water or specially bought granite cleaner is the best way to clean the surface, wiping away spills as soon as possible. Acidic liquids like vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, ammonia products should not be used. Cutting boards should be used when cutting to prevent breaking the sealer and although granite can handle heat, it is best to avoid direct contact with heat and use heat pads or trivets to maintain shine.
Granite countertop installation requires making precise measurements and removing the sink, plumbing and backsplash. If the installation is improper, stresses on the countertop can lead to cracking or separation at the seams. For these reasons, it is best to hire a professional team you can count on to prevent these problems and any other ones from arising in the future.
Granite is naturally a hard stone that keeps its beautiful appearance for a very long time if it receives proper care. Its naturally porous and indented surface is covered with sealant when being used as a countertop in order to make it easier to clean and preserve its appearance. This sealant makes it resistant to stains, mould, mildew while its hardness makes it resistant to scratches, cracks and chipping meaning granite repairs are rare and can be prevented. While granite is a more expensive countertop option it is one of the most popular due to its longevity, durability and timeless aesthetic appeal.
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