How to treat and maintain your granite worktop
Marble, slate and stone are porous materials even when the worktop surface is polished. Care and respect should always be taken with such things as wine, cigarettes, cola, acidic products, fruit and oils. These can stain or remove the polish from a granite work surface.
All natural stone countertops supplied by pennywell are sealed with a Dry-Treat permanent impregnating sealer, a high quality premium stain protection product.
With correct care, your countertop will look beautiful for many, many years:
Spills should be wiped up as soon as possible
Impregnating sealers work by repelling liquids rather than blocking the pores of the stone. The reason is so that air can still move through the pores allowing the material to ‘breathe’ naturally. It is the best technology available to protect against staining while preserving the look and natural integrity of your surface.
Because the pores of your stone countertop remain open, the surface is not immune from staining, but the sealer will give you plenty of time to clean up liquids before they absorb into the pores and stain. Using coasters for drinks is also recommended.
For daily cleaning, we recommend that you use Hanafinn Rejuvenata™ for countertops
Hanafinn Rejuvenata™ is a pH neutral cleaner specially designed for natural stone countertops. Rejuvenata™ is food safe, provides a mild, natural citrus scent, and contains a tiny amount of invisible sealer to increase protection. If you do not have a specialist cleaning product, warm water and a small amount of dishwashing detergent can be used.
For more stubborn grime, marks, or ‘spring’ cleaning, use Hanafinn Oxy-Klenza™
Oxy-Klenza™ is a safe, powerful, oxygen based, odorless, environmentally responsible alkaline cleaner. Acidic cleaners should never be used.
If your countertop is made from an acid sensitive material (limestone or marble) it is specially important to wipe up spills from acidic substances (including citrus juice, vinegar, cola and wine) immediately, before acid etching occurs.