How do you clean a granite kitchen worktop

How do you clean a granite kitchen worktop?

Kitchens portray the overall cleanliness of a house. A clean kitchen provides better appealing to guests and impacts tremendously on health.

Why should kitchen worktops be clean?

Kitchen worktops are a vital component of the kitchen as all cooking related stuff is done here. So, kitchen worktops should be clean which provides a barrier against various viruses and bacteria that are not friendly towards human health terminologies. For the best appealing and elegant look of the overall kitchen, granite worktops are used but they require proper maintenance and cleaning for long term use.

Granite worktops are very sensitive in terms of their appearance. They should be shiny and for maintaining proper shine of these worktops regular cleaning is suggested. Better cleaning will make the granite worktop glossy and good to view. To ensure any damage to the surface of the worktop use chopping boards and trivets pans. As stone is sturdy yet can be damaged and any negligence can lead to chipping and staining which can have a long-term effect on the worktop and degrade the overall appearance of your worktop.

How to clean granite worktops

By adding some drops of dish soap to the slightly warm water, a good granite cleaner is made. use a soft cloth and apply the mixture made earlier to it and gently rub the granite worktop. clean the cloth accordingly after some wipes so that all dirt and debris should be removed from the cloth which ensures no damage to the worktop. After cleaning, wipe the worktop with a clean wet cloth so that no residue of soap should be left over. After this dry the worktop with a microfiber cloth so that no spots of water remain on it.

  • Different products are present in the market that provide perfect cleaning of granite worktops and they are not compulsory but they prove to be quite helpful. There are some low quality and cheap products that are also present in the markets that damage the gloss of the worktop so be aware that while using a chemical product, is it safe for granite worktops or not?
  • Using a baking soda paste is also a simple and easy method for cleaning the worktop. apply the paster over the contaminated areas and gently rub with a microfiber cloth and after that wipe it with a wet soft piece of cloth.
  • Don’t use hot pans over the granite worktops because rocks are often damaged from heat and it can also damage your granite worktop. This problem happens when a pan is left on the worktop for a long period of time. This will lower the gloss of the worktop and will impact negatively on its life. Excessive weight should not be applied over the worktop for a prolonged time; it will also make a spot over the surface.
  • Properly disinfect the worktop because rocks can be damaged from various infectants which make them porous and ductile. Clean the worktop immediately if something or any foodstuff is split over and ensure that no remains are left as various food related chemical residues cause damage to granite.

Conclusion

A very good looking and luxurious appearance is provided by granite worktops which have characteristics of resistance to heat, scratch and are hygienic to the environment. They are highly hard-wearing and are popular over the market for this attribute. Now you know how to deal with any problem related to the granite worktops and how to clean them. We hope that all mentioned stuff would be beneficial for maintaining the good life of your granite worktop and make you feel well every time you visit your Kitchen. With proper care, granite worktop is highly recommended.

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Corian Worktop Cost

A guide to understand Corian Worktops Costs

While selecting the perfect Corian worktop for your kitchen, you come across a number of varying prices enlisted on various business’ websites. This is because various brands, colors, material quality, supply chain disruptions etc. varies with each supply and thus impact the cost. Apart from these, there are other factors which affect the costs of Corian worktops. Let’s take a look at some of those factors: 

Factors impacting Corian Worktop Prices:

  • Brand/ Supplier of worktops; the higher the equity and salience of a brand the more will it charge for its product. 
  • Quality of material; raw material or finished, the prices increase with the quality. 
  • Calibration; how the raw material is converted into a finished product also has a say in the Corian worktop cost
  • Supply and demand; as the supply chain is disrupted, cost of certain materials fluctuate a lot more than usual and thus such increased costs are added to the final product by the suppliers. 
  • Installing the worktops; what is the size of your kitchen and how the kitchen theme needs to be elevated depends upon the skills of the installers and thus such installation costs are also added to the final prices. 
  • Edges and waterfalls; the customized design cut of the worktop increases the cost as most of the time the cut material goes waste, so you have to pay for that also. 
  • Giving the perfect fit; no miscalculation or wrong measurement adds to the complexity of the process and thus carries additional costs with them. 

Why does replacing kitchen worktops become necessary?

In lieu of lockdown, most of our time is spent in our houses. We cannot dine out more often but we can change the look of our kitchen into a fine dine now, can’t we? We can remove the outdated look and replace it with some fresh worktops which look aesthetically pleasing to our eyes. Also, who doesn’t like hygiene along with a beautifully themed kitchen? Corian worktops give all the qualities we need to have a picture-perfect kitchen. 

Kitchen worktops, if placed correctly, can increase the worth of our place. We are not going to stay in the place forever. So, when the reselling or renting time comes up, a place with a nice kitchen can benefit you monetarily. 

Also, families with kids need to have a safe environment, microbe-free Corian worktops are an answer to that. No one would want to risk the health of their loved ones. 

When can we request a quote for new worktops?

Requesting for a quote months before you want your worktops to be installed or replaced is not a rational idea. There are many factors which impact the costs for suppliers and the prices vary. It is possible that you get a quote for a high price and at the time you actually install the worktops the prices are much lower but you have already agreed for the prices before and also have made some initial payments. 

It is better you analyze the market conditions; the supply and demand curve, industry growth, material prices, feasibility and then ask for a quote at least a month or a few weeks before you actually want to install the worktop. It is also better if you have the actual measurements of how much material you want for your kitchen; estimates can go wrong and can add to your payment prices. 

Asking for a quote months before can also affect your final decision, you may come across some other alternative or design which you selected initially and now you want a different thing. Wait and be patient to achieve the best results for your kitchen. “Solid worktops” offers the best prices in town and if you already have a decision made, 

What worktops other than Corian can be used for your kitchen?

It is always better to explore all your options, it does not cost you rather it helps you make a better decision. Some other worktops which can elevate your kitchen theme are: 

  • Granite worktops
  • Wooden worktops
  • Glass 
  • Laminate 
  • Quartz and Marble

If I want to replace the already installed worktops, how much will it cost?

For replacing the worktops, you have to account for two cost subjects. The first is the cost of the worktop you want to purchase and how much of the material you require. And the second one is the cost workers of the company take for removing the existing worktops and re-installing the second one. These two costs impact the total price you have to make as payments.

Average costs for installing a Corian worktop usually adds for £900-1000; depending on the factors mentioned above. Other worktops such as Laminate and Wood fall in the price range of £600-900. For a fine Granite worktop, the price bar goes a bit high and reaches to £1500-2000 and for a unique Quartz the price you have to pay is higher and can add up to £3000. 

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How much do I have to wait to have my kitchen worktop replaced?

It doesn’t take weeks if the labor is skilled and has the proper expertise to replace or install a new worktop. Usually, it takes up to 2-3 days to get your worktops replaced and give your kitchen the look you desired. 

Things to keep a tab on while estimating costs for worktops replacements:

While calculating your required budget to have your kitchen worktops replaced it is better if you add for these costs too. 

  • Your kitchen size matters; check how much of the area you need to be covered by the worktop and how much material it will require. 
  • Check the costs of material you want to purchase; marble and Quartz are usually priced higher than other worktops. 
  • If your appliances also have to be moved or replaced, the labor will ask for additional prices. 
  • Customized worktops also cost more than pre-made worktops
  • Experienced and skilled labor charge for their expertise but you should never go for less labor costs because inexperienced workers can add to your future costs. 
How to maintain and clean a granite worktop

How to maintain and clean a granite worktop?

Worktops are now a part of every kitchen especially those made of granite. This gives the kitchen a glistening look and the kitchen looks more attractive than ever. You might think, because of their toughness and strength, they will not be prone to deteriorate. But in fact, rough and careless use can hurt their dandiness. So, to make them everlasting, you have to treat them with care and do not put too much pressure or heavy objects on them. I will explain to you how you can increase their tenure and glimmer sparkle.

Coat the pores

Granite has pores in it which absorb liquids, stains and the detergents which you use to clean it. The detergents when excessively absorbed can dry out inside the pores and can cause cracks in the granite slab. Even moisture can cause fungus in the corners if not cleaned properly and without a protective coat, cleaning cannot be easy. Seals or lamination which can stay up to months or a year is the best for this type. You can ask your supplier to tell which type of lamination is suited for your kitchen worktop because all cannot be protected by the same one and for the same amount of time. Yours may be different than the rest and may require less or more coating, depending on its nature of formation.

Is daily cleaning good or bad for their health?

This question comes in mind when you read that too much moisture is not good. But I am not talking about washing them. Just heat up some water, take a sponge and then clean the slab to remove marks of spills. After that take a dry piece of cloth and rub it on the surface to absorb the moisture. If you encounter a stain that is not easy to remove, use a surface cleaning agent, just a drop or two, or a spray to soften the stain and then wipe it with the dried cloth piece. I shall remind you that dry cloth will remove the water lines on the surface because if left unattended they can also cause smears on the slab’s surface.

The corners on the inner side

While cleaning your granite slab in a hurry, it is possible that you miss the inner corners and the girt or dirt may stick there and accumulate for months. After a while the whole worktop will start looking dull and untidy. This can also cause health hazards if you have kids in your home because the girt will include bacteria which can be harmful. So, what I do is deep cleanse the worktop every weekend and make sure the inner corners on the downside get properly clean.

Longevity or endurance

Depending upon how you use the hot utensils or pots; placing directly or with tri-stands, you can observe how they impact your granite slabs. You definitely would have heard that cutlery or hot pots and pans do not affect the slabs of granite. But the pans can leave rustic stains or marks if you do not be careful enough. When the seasons change, the impact of things change too. I recommend using heat resistant mats, tri-stands or even boards on the granite worktops where you directly place your heated up cookers or dishes or cut your veggies to avoid any risk to their look.

Following the expert directions

Those who will provide you the granite for your kitchen will also tell you tips to act upon. If you have a doubt about their use or protection, ask your supplier or if you plan on using some strong alkali for cleaning purposes, ask the experts. Experimenting by yourself can leave you with regrets in case of your granite slabs. Another pro tip which I personally do is, I give a bit of steam to the spills so they can soften and then I wipe them off because scrubbing is not good and strong alkalis can leave marks if used again and again on the same area.

Here is a short list of what to do and what not to do

Do not delay the coating, the more you postpone the more you are risking your own health because of the germ sticking on the worktops.
Don’t experiment with acids to clean their surfaces as they have a tendency to eat away the granite. If you accidentally spill anything of this nature wash it off quickly.
Ask the seller where you want to use a cleaner before buying it.
Do not use net or a wire object to scrub off the leftovers which you think are stuck on the surface. Also, try not to use tide pods or powders or anything having bleach as its main ingredient. This will make more mess than cleaning.

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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Worktops?

The worktop you choose for your kitchen might look right in your imagination, but there’s a chance the interior of your kitchen does not complement it or the other way round. In my opinion, the optimal way is to study the décor and interior type of your kitchen worktops in detail and then check what type of worktop goes with it. Obviously, a vintage themed kitchen cannot have stainless steel worktop rather than a wooden one. So, I’m going to explain to you the details which usually go unnoticed when choosing worktops material for kitchens. 

Which Theme do you want your Kitchen to have?

Every personality has its own choices when it comes to choosing favorite colors, aesthetics, and pattern schemes. I would personally like a vintage themed one but some of you may be more inclined towards new school or contemporary. If you live in a villa or a house with grandeur and magnificent looks and is very spacious, you would also want your kitchen worktops to display the same luxury with mesmerizing beauty and for that marble is the choice you need. On the other hand, traditional kitchens with a joint family would like their kitchen to be homier and can opt for wood or stainless steel or a combination of both. Asking the designer about his opinion can help you because he will first extract out your choice of having a kitchen type. 

Spacious or Compact Worktop; What is Suitable for you?

Some smart designers will first look at your electric appliances and other kitchen items before designing the worktop. This gives them the idea to estimate the required space. Also, young adults who prefer living alone or even with their spouse and have not yet started a family can feel themselves easy in a compact workspace kitchen. However, with kids comes greater space needs. Some people like their things to be packed up in the cabinets however, some may like everything to be displayed on the shelves and the slabs. For heavy burdens, granite and Corian worktops can be used for best results as you can place your microwave oven, coffee machine, blenders, etc. Without worrying about if they will collapse. Also, for so many things to be placed, you don’t want your kitchen to give a congested look. So, you need to tell the designer your needs regarding space. 

How often one Plans to Cook and the time you Spend there in your Kitchen?

Working adults like me have less time to cook, especially in the morning when you’re already getting lake for your office work. Also, when we come back tired, we decide to just microwave precooked food and spend time cooking only on weekends and special occasions like Christmas, birthdays or thanksgiving. Households with toddlers will need their kitchen to be germ and bacteria proof. Stay-at-home people or those who like to bake a lot will also want their kitchen to look spectacular as their cooking cycles are more than ours. Our time spending requirements also have a say in the type of worktops we want. Quartz or granite with coatings will be best suited for infant and toddlers’ households while for young adults who are bachelors, glass worktops can also prove to be best as their damaging chances are less in comparison to those mentioned in the former. 

How much of a Cleaner you are?

People who are obsessed with cleaning or keeping things neat can work with any kind of worktop and will maintain it in all the ways possible. However, people who are not much into working or cleaning will not be planning on cleaning their kitchens very often. Also, money is a factor which cannot be ignored when it comes to repairing a damaged worktop corner or sealing it. So, better look at the colors and texture of the surface before choosing according to your cleaning routine and habits to save yourself from unwanted costs. 

You should also have an Estimate of how much are you Willing to Spend

There is no problem in wanting a glorious and magnificent place as your kitchen worktops. But you should also see your budget constraints. You can also ask your designer to tell you the comparative prices according to your budget. Trying Quartz is a very fine replacement for granite or marble as they are a bit more costly or expensive. Chip boards are usually used in large kitchens instead of wood in some cabinets or areas which do not come in contact with the cook more or lie in the hidden corners of the kitchen. Also, it is better you look for a worktop which comes with high recommendations and guarantees. Solid worktops provide you with all this as I contacted them when I designed mine and was delighted with the outcome.