Granite worktops look magnificent, whether they are the showpieces of a minimalist kitchen interior or that of a rural or ‘shaker’ style kitchen. You don’t need a fortune set aside to make them part of your lifestyle choices; surprisingly affordable and downright luxurious for a lot less than you might think.
Take a look at the picture and you’ll see a modern, open plan kitchen complete with an ‘island’ in the middle and enough space to feed the crew of a small battleship. Trouble is that most of us living in London do not have nearly enough space for a large open plan kitchen.
That isn’t to say that we have to settle for anything less than the best in kitchen fixtures and fittings. Shaker style, rustic or the minimalist lines of a modern kitchen are ripe for the addition of granite worktops. Easy to maintain with minimal attention, they will last for years although there are basic steps which can be taken to ensure their longevity and maintain their ‘as new’ appearance.
According to the website of the leading granite worktops in London firm J R Stone, granite is a porous material, although not as porous as marble or softer natural material such as sandstone. Any spills should be wiped off immediately rather than being allowed to settle and dry. There are some foods and liquids that can be absorbed; these in turn can cause staining if left to their own devices.
Any hot objects such as saucepans, cups with hot drinks or baking trays removed from a hot oven should not be placed directly on to the surface of the granite worktop. Always use place mats or stands if you need to rest any hot pan or other item on the worktop.
Granite worktops are extremely hard wearing and are heat resistant to a point, scratch resistant as long as you’re not setting out to purposely damage the surface. In addition granite is an extremely hygienic material in as much any spillages can be easily wiped off.
Do not prepare food directly on the surface but rather, use a chopping board. The chances of causing any damage are pretty remote; however, juices from lemons, limes and other acidic fruits and vegetables may impinge on any microscopic pore holes. Whilst it is rare for such things to happen, it is wise not to take any risks.
Your kitchen will look a picture with uniquely patterned worktops in place. To maintain their longevity and maintain your beautiful kitchen for many years to come, a little TLC and common sense will see the kitchen more than likely outlast its owner.
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