What is Granite?
Updated: Apr 11, 2018
Granite, including marble and quartzite, are completely natural stone slabs cut from the Earth. Granite is the next hardest natural material after diamonds. This makes it a natural choice for any countertop surface.
There are many different choices for granite and every slab is unique. Due to it being completely natural, there are sometimes natural defects, or conditions that make it less suitable for overhangs or high traffic. Luxury Granite will ensure the stone your choose will fit your purpose and lifestyle.
We have many different granite colours and styles in stock so that you can see the exact slab you want in your kitchen, up close and personal. We're always bringing in new colours too, so if you think granite is the stone for you, come take a look at our extensive collection!
Granite is Resistant to...
The darker the stone, the more resilient to staining it is. Most granites are fairly solid, making them more stain resistant. However, marbles, soapstones, and other more porous materials will take stains much quicker.
Most Granites are impact resistant, however natural weak spots may exist in the stone making it more susceptible to cracking and chipping.
While the majority of other surfaces can be scratched, most granites have high resistance to scratching. However we recommend you always use a cutting board as some knives may cause minor damage and cutting directly on the stone will definitely dull your knives.
Granite is resistant to heat, however sudden or extreme heat (such as placing a pot just off the stove). Regardless, you should NOT put hot pots and pans on granite countertops without heat mats. Extreme or sudden heat could cause cracking.
Granite is Susceptible to...
Although Granite has a high resistance to staining, the more porous nature of the stone means that oils will soak into the stone and potentially stain it. Using coasters and cleaning spills with soap and water immediately will prevent this.
Wines, juices, and acidic cleaners will stain or dull the stone more quickly. Again, simply using coasters or wiping off these spills will prevent your countertops from staining.
Granite Cleaning & Maintenance
Granite is semi-porous, depending on the stone. Even a well cared for countertop will require sealing once every 3 to 5 years; we recommend sealing lighter coloured stones every 1 to 3 years. Although sealing helps prevent staining, be aware of bright substances being spilled on the surface and be sure to wipe up as soon as possible. Letting it sit can potentially lead to permanent discolouration.
To clean your countertops, use water and neutral soap. You should then finish off by rinsing the surface with water and drying it with a soft cloth. Using conventional countertop cleaners may dull the stone over time.
• Soak affected area with one of the recommended cleaning products for up to 10 minutes.
• Scrub the area.
Caution must be observed with the following:
• Extreme heat may cause the material to crack and/or discolour
• Products containing oils or powders may leave a residue.
• Exposure to harsh chemicals such as oven cleaners, Drano®, Liquid Plumber®, CLR® and floor strippers may damage the polished finish and/or discolour the stone.
It's always good to speak with one of our great sale people to ensure granite is the right choice for you.