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GRANITE: A NATURAL BEAUTY
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GRANITE KITCHEN WORKTOPS: A NATURAL CHOICE
Although what is sold commercially as Ã¢â‚¬Å“graniteÃ¢â‚¬Â covers a wide variety of stone types, what they all have in common is hardness and beauty. Granite is found in sophisticated residences, commercial buildings and hotels throughout the world due to its texture and lustre. Natural stone provides an elegance and eternal quality that will never be reached by other materials. The variation in each slab, and especially the grain or Ã¢â‚¬Å“movement” in the crystal structure, are part of the charm of buying granite. Many people find this flow and blending of colours to be the most compelling reason for using genuine stone for their kitchen worktops.
GRANITE: WHAT IS GRANITE?
Granite is an igneous rock, formed by the crystallisation of magma as it cools in the Earth’s crust and predominantly consists of the minerals quartz, mica, feldspar and plagioclase feldspar. The proportion and type of each mineral and geological history determine the granite’s unique pattern and colour. What geologists term Ã¢â‚¬Å“graniteÃ¢â‚¬Â covers a variety of rock, but what is used commercially for “granite” worktops extends to a far greater range still. Syenites, such as Blue Pearl, are igneous rocks formed from magma in a similar way, but with little or no quartz content. Dolerites include our Nero Assoluto, while Black Galaxy and Black Pearl are varieties of Gabbro.
The more excitingly patterned stones such as Kashmir Gold and Ivory Fantasy are in fact granulites Ã¢â‚¬â€œ metamorphic rocks that have not formed directly from magma but from extreme compression and heating of granular material, which fuses into a hard crystalline mass with many of the practical characteristics of a true granite.
Granite offers beauty, easy care and durability. Its consistently hard, smooth and dense grain means it is difficult to stain or scratch and offers few havens for bacteria. Whilst it is not ideal to subject granite to drastic or sudden changes in temperature, it is actually highly resistant to temperature damage, and is an ideal material near ranges or hearths. Cutting & chopping on granite is not recommended, simply because steel knives will swiftly lose their edge, blunted by the hard stone.
GRANITE: NATURAL TONES & COLOURS
Colours shown here may vary from the actual granite due to screen resolution differences. If you would like a free sample then up to 3 samples are available on request (Ã‚Â£7.50 charge to cover postage & packing). To order samples or request a quote please
GRANITE: CARE & MAINTENANCE
- All our natural stone surfaces are sealed to provide a protective coating, which reduces the porosity of the natural surface.
- Work surfaces can be cleaned using a neutral detergent, rinsed with clean water and buffed dry using a soft micro-fibre cloth. Any build-up of limescale in grooves etc. can be removed with a fine wire wool.
- Light-coloured granites need to be re-sealed at regular intervals. As above, darkening where wet is the sign that action needs to be taken. Clean and allow to dry thoroughly before resealing, following the sealantÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own instructions. Our care kit has all you need for cleaning and protecting your granite and is priced at Ã‚Â£45 (inc. P&P). A 250ml can of Akemi natural stone sealer supplied alone is Ã‚Â£20 (inc. P&P).
- Never use abrasive cleaning products such as metal pads and scouring detergents on granite as these can contain hard grit and can affect the finish over time. Avoid strong acid, alkaline and chlorine-based cleaners and do not use bleach. Granite is easily maintained without the need for such abrasive cleaners.
- Be aware that some common acidic or highly-coloured food products can cause staining, especially on lighter stones. Watch for citrus liquids, fizzy drinks, wine, vinegars, curry, saffron, beetroot, red wine, blackcurrant etc. These should be cleaned up immediately.
- Do not expose granite to excessive localised heat; it is best to have a trivet or similar to place your pans on when taken directly from the hob.
- As with any high quality worktops, care should be taken with knives or other cutting tools and chopping-boards should be used.