Granite is the hardest countertop material you can buy. We recommend the use of cutting boards for both cutting and hot items to prolong the integrity of the stone. There are rare occasions when you may accidentally chip the granite; in some cases this can be fixed by applying a colourised epoxy, which is a procedure that can be done by one of our stone masons.
We would suggest that you avoid placing extreme weight on the overhangs of your bench-tops. For example, climbing on an overhang to change a light bulb would be strongly discouraged.
Granite is a substance that quickly absorbs heat and distributes it out. We would recommend that extremely hot pans not be placed on or near small granite strips (up to 200mm) due to the fact that there is not enough material to distribute the heat. When placing hot pans on the countertop you will want to avoid coming in contact with the exposed granite area due to the extreme heat being transferred by the pan into the granite.
We encourage you to use and enjoy your new bench-tops.
To keep your granite in tip-top condition, five simple maintenance procedures are necessary. For best results, they should be followed closely.
1. To clean your countertop, use a diluted mixture of methylated spirits and water or stone cleaner sprayed onto the surface and wiped over with a warm soft white cloth. These products are available in stores that carry household cleaning products.
2. To avoid streaking, buff the countertop with a clean white soft cloth.
3. Occasionally apply a good stone polish to the surface of the countertop to help prevent staining.
4. All granite countertops should be sealed. Our stonemasons will seal your bench-tops at the time of installation. Our impregnator will resist oil and other staining materials, but not for prolonged amounts of time. If a spill occurs, mop it up with paper towelling and wipe down with warm water and stone cleaner to avoid staining. We recommend the reapplication of an impregnator should be done every seven years. This product is available from our stonemasons.
5. If you spill red wine, beetroot or other materials that can stain your bench top, blot it up with clean paper towel as soon as possible. To remove stubborn surface stains, the use of gumption is recommended. If this doesn't remove the stain, place a blob of gumption over the stain, cover it with glad wrap forming a poultice, and leave overnight to help draw it out.
Listed below are a few helpful hints to keep your new cabinets looking like new for many years.
The materials used in the production of your new cabinetry are top quality and highly moisture resistant. However, care must still be taken not to allow excessive water to pond on any of the cabinet materials - all spillages should be wiped as they occur.
The joins to our bench tops are sealed with a waterproof sealing agent to give maximum protection even with all the preventative action taken at the time of manufacture and installation. All care must be taken to avoid contact with water or hot objects particularly in the area around joins.
Care of polished timber:
A. Wipe all surfaces clean with clean water after washing dishes.
B. Products such as Mirotone Spray Glow or Teak oil may be used to restore shine.
C. Avoid abrasive cleaners or cleaning agents.
D. Do not sit hot or wet objects directly on surface.
Again, only the best 2Pac acid catalysed lacquer is used when polishing your new tops or doors to give maximum protection.
Please refer to manufacturer's instructions for care and maintenance on laminated and other surfaces and products.