Granite is an igneous rock formed by magma, it can be found all over the world deep within the earths crust. Granite usually has a medium to coarse grain texture and due to differing chemistry and mineralogy they can come in varying colours from pinks and greys to blacks; granite is an extremely durable product and has a natural beauty second to none.
Below are a selection of Granite samples. If you are unable to find what you are looking for please contact us.
All stones, due to their granular construction are porous to a greater or lesser extent and most fall into the later category. To reduce the slight ability of granite to absorb liquids we treat the surface with a proprietary sealer that penetrates the surface and fills the microscopic voids between the crystals. This process is first done in our factory at the completion of manufacture and again following installation. However you should be aware that with lighter colour granites you may experience slight darkening of the stone in areas where water has been allowed to stand but this should fade away as it dries out. Beetroot, wine and cooking oil, particularly when hot may cause a stain on your granite worktop, therefore after a spillage clean off immediately with kitchen roll.
Granite should not be damaged by hot utensils or sharp knives (having said that, the new fusion edge knives claim to be able to cut anything – you have been warned!). Granite is still without a doubt one of the most durable kitchen surfaces available in the market place.
Whilst granite is a very durable stone, care must be taken around areas of weakness i.e around sink or hob cut outs under no circumstances should these areas be stood upon or heavy objects placed upon them.
Marble & Limestone are susceptible to the aggressive action of acids and alcohol; care should be taken to remove spillages of fruit juice, particularly lemon, wine or vinegar, beetroot etc. The residue of red wine on the base of wineglasses will leave its mark. Nail varnish and any other solvent or oil based products will stain if not wiped up immediately.
CLEANING OF STONE
Do not use any abrasives to clean your granite kitchen worktops, just wash down with warm soapy water and buff up with a dry cloth.
No sealing, polishing or reconditioning is needed. Simply wash with warm water. It’s that simple. Plus, Quartz Stone surfaces resist stains from fruit juices, food colouring, coffee, tea, grape juice and nail polish.
Engineered stone has performed numerous laboratory tests to prove that quartz kitchen worktops are as strong as granite if not stronger. It’s a surface that is truly everlasting.
Engineered stone has been certified by NSF International for use as a food preparation surface. Quartz Stone is totally non-porous, making cleanup easy and preventing food and moisture from penetrating its surface — the main source of growth for harmful bacteria.
Quartz kitchen worktops are created from pure natural quartz, an extremely hard stone crystal mined directly from the earth. In fact, quartz is the hardest non-precious stone that can be found in the earth’s surface.
With its beauty and performance advantages, an engineered kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity will add value to your home.
Continuous long-term exposure to direct sunlight (UV rays) may result in slight discoloration of Quartz Stone countertops. Most indoor applications will not apply. Caution: Must not be used for the following:
• Products containing oils or powders may leave residue;
• Repetitive use of abrasive scrub/cleaners may dull Quartz Stone’s finish;
• Use of oven/grill cleaner may discolour Quartz Stone and should be avoided.
• Repetitive exposure to extreme heat may damage Quartz Stone finish.