Granite as you might know is known for its durable nature and long lasting finish in the building industry. But there are certain things that can potentially harm its glossy surface, making it dull or discolored. While it does offer exceptional scratch and stain resistant properties, there are certain harsh acids and bases that might corrode and make ‘etch’ marks on the surface.
These marks often described as ‘water marks’, or ‘ghost stains can be caused either by acidic food products like fruit juices, soda, coffee, wine and salad dressings or they might appear due to continuous use of caustic cleaning products like ammonia, vinegar and bleach over the years. Sealing the granite or quartz worktops can help prevent etching up to a certain degree, but it does not offer complete safety of the counter top. Usually people confuse etch marks with stains and vice versa. However, this should be remembered: granite is stain resistant, but it etches easily by corrosive chemicals. Users need to keep in mind that an etch mark is not really a stain that can be cleaned later. The most effective way to prevent etching is to avoid the surface from being in contact with any harsh chemicals for longer periods of time. Longer the time of contact between the two, severe is the etching.
In our last blog, we talked about ways to seal granite countertops and its many benefits. In this article, we would like to focus on their regular maintenance and upkeep. Granite worktops Lincoln, although being highly durable and strong, is still impervious to damage with faulty and irregular maintenance. Regular cleaning is required whether you have a sparkling black granite worktop or one of those light colored quartz worktops for your kitchen and bathroom counters. On a daily basis, it is advised to wash the counter top with warm water and mild soap or detergent liquid to remove excessive debris from the surface. Later on, follow these simple procedures to make natural and cost effective granite cleaner instead of using the expensive harsh chemicals available in the market. First thing to remember is that the granite loses its characteristic shine when exposed to abrasive acids or bases; so your cleaner should be pH balanced (neutral).