Tips to help you use granite worktops or quartz worktops

Posted by alisonreid29 on January 21st, 2016

The most common mistake we make while choosing between different kinds of worktops is that we tend to compare their benefits without thinking much about how to care for them so that they would last long and be as beautiful as they were. This goes the same way for both granite worktops and quartz worktops. There are specific ways to take care of these worktops. Though both granite and quartz are two of the hardest materials to be found and hence a natural choice as a kitchen worktop, they are not impervious to mistreatment. You need to invest time and effort to keep their natural sheen intact even after years of usage. Here, we’ll discuss a few ways to take care of worktops whether they are made from quartz or granite.

Maintaining the hygiene

Let’s break down the facts. Why do we need a worktop? To present us with a surface to prepare food, keep the ingredients or chop fruits and veggies or as a space which we can use while cooking for various purposes – if that’s right then maintaining the hygiene should be the first consideration. Quartz worktops are very easy to clean and hence give lesser chance to bacteria and moulds to grow. Granite worktops also have the same advantage. Both being stones, they have a polished feel about them which makes it easier to keep clean.

How to maintain the fresh and new look

Using or a trivet is a good idea if you are planning to place a hot pan over your worktop. Both quartz and granite worktops are scratch resistant being two of the hardest materials on Earth. Avoid dropping anything heavy on the surfaces. Quartz has stain-resistant polymers which makes it easier to work on without worrying about accidentally spilling over something. You may want to wipe quartz worktops with a clean cloth to avoid working extra hard to remove the dried stain later on. Quartz is also non-porous, so the stain can be removed easily, which is not so in case of granite. Granite has to be protected from coloured food, alkaline, acidic or oil-based substances. If you are using polished worktops then you have a better chance of getting rid of the stain.

Cleaning methods

It’s easier to keep quartz worktops clean as they can appear polished with a little bit of cleaning. Granite worktops, on the other hand, will require dry clean and polishing after usage. Both respond fine to a soft cloth and warm water. There are a number of cleaning products available which are offered by the installers as well. You also get a care and maintenance kit with every worktop installation to help you with keeping the sheen intact.

Now that you are fully aware of the fact that both quartz worktops and granite worktops require equal attention and care, use the tips discussed above. They will guide you in deciding which stone to use and how to care for it. Care and maintenance can ensure that you don’t have to worry about having the worktop changed every now and then, especially keeping in mind the cost of installation, which is a bit higher in case of granite.

Both granite worktops and quartz worktops can last long if you know how to care for it the right way.

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