Granite is the obvious choice for worktops and other home use because of its durability and being able to maintain its appearance without maintenance or deterioration.
Granite is made from igneous rock formed from cooling magma. Each individual slab is uniquely patterned with inconsistent pattern which provides a striking appearance. Granite worktops are waterproof, stain-resistant and pretty much scratch proof. They are very durable meaning they are able to sustain wear and tear over many years. There is lots of activity in the kitchen with numerous utensils being used and dropped but these worktops and able to withstand the rough treatment they may receive in the busiest of kitchens and bathrooms. This igneous rock has also recently become popular for use as floorings and splash backs.
Granite worktops are renowned for being both durable and hygienic (as it is easily sterilised). Other features include its toughness, glassy finish when polished and the fact that it will last for many years, and is extremely easy to look after. It is also highly scratch and heat resistant, it keeps its colour and it is easy to keep clean with just a wipe over. That is why it is the No 1 choice for both kitchens and bathrooms. This type of worktop can help to redefine limited space as it extremely versatile and can be shaped into most designs.
The blending of this rock is very important for kitchen designs as it needs to match other colours within the kitchen as well as looking elegant but as there are so many different colours of this rock it will never be a problem.
Although granite is extremely easy to keep clean and maintain, it should not be rubbed down with abrasive materials (such as scouring detergents wire wool, metal pads and alkaline and chlorine based cleaners or bleach), it should also not be hit with blunt or heavy objects as it can crack, chip and even break. The best way to look after and protect your granite worktop is to use clean warm water with a light neutral detergent, and rinse with clean warm water and a dry chamois leather or similar type of cloth.