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Natural Stone: Granite

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Natural Granite Stone - Granite is an igneous rock formed from liquid magma, the molten rock still found at the core of the planet which, when cooled, slowly forms a substance approaching the hardness and durability of diamond. Granite is a material that owes its hardness and density to the fact that it has been solidified due to the extreme pressure deep within the earth. Seismic activity then forces veins of granite to the surface.
"Granites are formed of an aggregate of crystals which are moulded together without any interspace between them or which enclose one another. The magnificent crystallinity of granite is a striking characteristic."
Geology of Granite, E. Raguin, London, 1965 p.3
The unique look of granite is owed to the composition of minerals, which occur in different proportions, giving each granite its own individuality in terms of colour, texture and structural characteristics. With the durability of the material and its 'timeless beauty', the use of granite adds an individual touch of quality and style to any kitchens, bathrooms, floor or chimney.
Natural Stone Colours
Absolute Black Angola Blue Star Azul Platino091 Baltic Brown Bianco Antico
Bianco Sardo Bianco Cristal108 Bianco Sardo109 Black Galaxy Black Ice
Black Pearl Black Star Black with Gold Blue in the Night Blue Pearl
Blue Star Brown Antique Brown Pearl Brown Santiago Butterfly Green
Cobalt Blue Cosmic Black Crema Julia 145 Dark Grey 151 Giallo Veneziano
Golden Leaf Imperial Red Imperial White Ivory Brown Ivory Gold
Juparana Columbo Gold Kashmir Gold Kuppam Green Labrador Antique Lady Dream
Madura Gold Nero Impala Padang Grey 298 Padang Yellow 299 Perla White 307
Pine Green Nero Impala Rosa Limbara Rosa Porino Rosa Sardo
Santa Cecelia Sapphire Blue Sapphire Brown Seaweed Green Shanxi Black
Shiva Gold Spectrolite St Gabriel Tan Brown Tarn 250
Tropical Brown Tropical Green Ubatuba Verde Ubatuba Volga Blue
Zimbabwe Black
Natural Stone: Granite Care
Stone Care Guide
Natural stone is an investment in lasting beauty that will give many years of wear. Following some simple precautions, properly sealing, using the correct cleaning methods and products, will insure a lifetime of use from natural stone. Although we usually think of stone as "hard", it is a porous material that can absorb spills and stains if left untreated. Sealing stone with a quality impregnating sealer will prevent most spills from damaging it.
Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations
Keeping stone free of abrasive dust will minimize scratches and wear-patterns that can develop overtime. Dust all natural stone surfaces regularly. Clean natural stone on a regular basis with warm water and a clean, non-abrasive cloth. Do not use general purpose cleaners or you may damage the stone or the sealer applied. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids as these may etch the stone surface and damage the polish. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
What To Do When A Spill Occurs
A quick response can keep spills from damaging stone or the sealer. Overall, just use common sense. Sealers give you extra time to get a spills cleaned up and less time for the spill to stain the stone. Granite is not hard to maintain. Just remember not to use any harsh or abrasive cleaners because it will break down your sealer over a period of time alot faster than if you had not used. We advise our customers to just use a soft cloth and water it's that simple to clean.
Quick Guide
  • Granite is not difficult to clean - mild soap and water is all that is generally required. Work surfaces should be cleaned using a neutral detergent, rinsed with clean water and buffed dry using a soft clean cloth.
  • For a long lasting finish granite should be treated at regular intervals. Our care kit contains all the products necessary for protecting your granite (professional waterproofing oil, cleaning fluid & wax). To obtain a kit please contact our showroom on 0208 830 7271
  • Never use abrasive cleaning products such as metal pads & scouring detergents on granite as these can affect the finish over time. Avoid alkaline & chlorine based cleaners. Does not use bleach. Granite is easily maintained without the need for such abrasive cleaners.
  • Please be aware that any acidic products i.e. citrus liquids, fizzy drinks, wine, vinegars etc will leave marks on the surfaces so must be wiped immediately. Strongly coloured foods, i.e. curry, saffron, red wine, etc can cause staining so should be cleaned instantly.
  • Do not expose granite to excessive heat, it is best to have a trivet or something similar to place your pans on when taken directly from the hob.
  • As with any high quality worktops, care should be taken against possible scoring with knives or other cutting tools and chopping-boards should always be used.