When first installed, granite and quartz worktops look beautifully shiny and reflective, adding real glamour to any kitchen.
After a few days use, a lot of owners wonder just how they are ever going to get that initial gleam back again, as their wonderful granite worktop that they were so proud of has gone dull and smeary in a very short space of time!
Most people don’t actually know how to look after this type of surface. It’s easy when you know how!
Highly polished granite surfaces are only slightly porous and therefore most spilt substances will not soak in. There are a few exceptions*(see our blog about How to Seal a Granite Worktop )
Quartz worktops are generally nonporous due to the polymers used in their manufacture.
The usual way of wiping down kitchen surfaces regularly in a kitchen needs a little rethinking when you own a granite worktop, because if you are using one cloth for both washing up and wiping your surfaces, this is the problem.
Why is my granite worktop smeared even straight after wiping?
A cloth used for washing up will have detergent (and unfortunately some food/grease deposits) in it.
Furthermore, washing up detergent contains surfactants, required to break down food and grease, which are made from petrochemicals and oleo-chemicals (often palm oil). This means that when a washing up cloth is used to wipe over a surface it cleans away the crumbs and surface spills, but at the same time, spreads a thin layer of fat all over the work surface. This will make the work surface appear dull, and if you run your hand over it, smears will appear.
The correct way to clean a granite or quartz work top is to use a PH neutral cleaner and a clean, grease free cloth. This method will remove all grease and alien materials, leaving the work top surface very clean, shiny and smear free.
Good PH neutral cleaners are worth buying to make every day cleaning your worktop easy. The best ones are available from specialist suppliers who know what the particular requirements of granite and quartz are.
How do I remove lime scale deposits from granite and marble surfaces?
If you live in a hard water area you will have the added problem of having to deal with lime scale deposits that will form around the tap and sink area of your work top if you are not fastidious about wiping away standing water splashes.
Lime scale is a chalk deposit (calcium carbonate) in the water that will cling to the area around your sink. The deposits can be extremely difficult to remove as the products available for lime scale removal in the supermarket are not suitable for use on polished granite worktops, and should not be used. They are effectively acid, and will be corrosive on your granite or marble top ruining the polished surface.
We advise removing lime scale deposits from granite and marble surfaces by rubbing with fine grade wire wool. Speak to your stone specialist for further guidance.
We hope this advice is helpful to you in the everyday care of your granite or quartz worktop.