Taking care of your work surface:
The Do's first!
• Clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
• Use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that could possibly scratch your stone's surface.
• Use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
• Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
• Use our range of granite care kits to keep your work surface looking pristine.
• Use our range of stain removers if you happen to have stained the work surface - please phone for advice.
Now the Don'ts
• DON'T Clog dance on the work surface - not a good idea! In fact standing, kneeling or exerting pressure on a work surface especially near to cut outs should be avoided at all costs.
• DON'T Use cleaners that contain acid, vinegar, bleach, ammonia and other household cleaners. Refer to the cleaning products we sell and you can't go far wrong
• DON'T wait to clear up spills on stone; best advice wipes up spills up immediately.
We do provide sealants for work surfaces which render the surface virtually impervious to staining but do be aware some sealers can enhance the colour of the top and darken it slightly also gving it a ‘wet look’
Most Scuffs, scratches and chips can be repaired by using epoxy resins, please phone 01634 540087
Imagine a time machine and you are sitting at the controls Turn the handle to a million years hence and hit the accelerator. Assuming the earth is still around at that time – it’s an evens bet, granite will be! Turn the handle the other way and set the dial to 10 million years ago and hey presto - you might witness granite being formed. Now that’s what you call durability! So how granite is formed and why is it nearly as strong as diamond? Molten rock formed in the core of the earth is melted into liquid magna under intense pressure then cooled slowly having being forced upwards by the movement of the earth's crust; an amazing tightly woven soup of nature’s minerals, the main ones Feldspar, Quartz and Mica; each ebb and flow of graining subtly blending together giving us granite as we know it today. Every continent in the world has veins of granite and each piece of rock face is uniquely different from another:
Why not celebrate nature's beauty by having granite in your home.
Properties of Granite
• one the hardest natural materials known to man
• very little porosity - in other words pretty much waterproof
• polishes to a beautiful sheen
• extremely hygenique, wipes clean easily
• outstanding natural beauty
• scratch resistant
• heat resistant
Granite, quartz and ceramic worktops are durable and require very little maintenance. We recommend sealing light colour granites every one to two years in order to reduce water absorption. For everyday cleaning, we recommend using a damp cloth with a mild detergent. We do not recommend using abrasive, highly acidic or bleach-containing cleaning products.
Quartz Worktop Maintenance
In our experience, polished surface worktops do not require any treatment with sealants when they are used indoors. We recommend that quartz worktops are washed with soap and warm water, using only non-abrasive cleaning products. Although quartz is not completely heat resistant, it can withstand temporary hot temperatures which may occur whilst cooking in kitchen. It is for this reason that we recommend the use of trivets, whenever possible, in order to prevent damage to the surface of a quartz worktop. Quartz surfaces from our Starlight range containing mirror flecks are not heat resistant. Accordingly, we do not recommend that hot objects are placed on these surfaces, even temporarily.
Ceramic Worktop Maintenance
In our experience, ceramic worktops do not require any treatment using sealants. We recommend that this type of worktop is washed with soap and warm water, using only non abrasive cleaning products. Ceramic worktops have proved to be heat, stain and scratch resistant.
Granite Worktop Maintenance
Granite is the commercial name given to a variety of different rocks such as Diorite, Gabbro, Diabase, Basalt, Gneiss, Rapakivi and Granite. Accordingly, 'granite' has different levels of absorption, reactions to acid and surface smoothness. As a rule of thumb, lighter granites tend to absorb more water than darker granites.
The following granites that are absorbing more water are treated with a sealer to reduce the water absorbtion:
- Verde Maritaca 0,21%,
- Multicolor Red 0,25%,
- Rosa Sardo Beta 0,28%,
- Colonial Gold 0,32%,
- Shalimar Gold 0,32%,
- Ivory Brown 0,32%,
- Giallo Cecilia 0,32%,
- Rosa Limbara 0,35%,
- Juparana Colombo 0,36%,
- Kashmir Gold 0,36%,
- Madura Gold 0,38%,
- Bianco Sardo 0,39%,
- Kashmir White 0,41%.
The following granites absorb very little water and there is no need for sealing:
- Absolute Black 0,01%,
- Nero Impala 0,01%,
- Regal Black 0,01%,
- Star Gate 0,02%,
- Rosette 0,03%,
- Galaxy Star 0,04%,
- Blue Pearl 0,10%,
- Silver Pearl 0,13%,
- Tan Brown 0,13%,
- Indian Dakota Mahogany 0,13%,
- Oscuro Mist 0,13%,
- Blue In the Night 0,13%,
- Balmoral Red 0,15%,
- Black Pearl 0,15%,
- Baltic Brown 0,15%,
- Cafe Brown 0,15%,
- Verde Bahia 0,18%,
- Emerald Pearl 0,18%,
- Giallo Veneziano 0,19%
Although certain types of granites may react with acids, we at Diapol use only tested slabs which are not prone to acid staining. Whilst we recommend wiping off liquids containing acids as soon as possible, you should not get permanent acid stains in your granite worktops.