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25/07/2023

How to Clean Granite

Ensure your granite countertops, backsplash, or floors retain their natural shine.

Prized for its good looks and durability, granite remains a popular choice for countertops, floors, and backsplashes. Granite is a siliceous stone composed primarily of silicates, such as quartz, feldspar, and mica. These create the colorful flecks and sparkling veins that make granite a favored finish for kitchens and baths. Granite is one of the hardest stones used in interior applications and has antibacterial traits. In addition, it's naturally resistant to heat, water, scratches, and most acids found in kitchen settings.

Granite is easy to care for (routine cleaning is as simple as water, a mild dish soap, and a soft cloth) and is generally stain-resistant. Still, you'll want to take precautions when cleaning and caring for your granite countertops. This is especially true when cleaning granite counters naturally. (Green cleaning favorites such as vinegar and lemon are a no-go for granite.) Employ these care and cleaning strategies, including how to clean granite with natural products, to ensure your granite surfaces retain their natural beauty.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

Cleaning Granite

Soft cotton cloth or clean rag mops
Spray bottle
Cleaning Stains on Granite
Soft cloth
Materials
Cleaning Granite
Rubbing alcohol
Mild liquid dishwashing detergent
Commercial stone cleaner (optional)
Cleaning Stains on Granite
Baking soda
Hydrogen peroxide
Plastic wrap

Instructions
How to Clean Granite
You love your granite countertops for their gorgeous pattern, but crumbs can easily hide among the speckles and swirls. To ensure you're leaving your countertop crumb-free, get down at eye level with your countertops and do an inspection. You'll be able to spot crumbs and debris you may have missed.

Clean and Dry Granite
Clean granite with soft cotton cloths or clean rag mops along with neutral cleaners, mild liquid dishwashing detergent, and water. After washing with a soap solution, rinse the surface with water and dry with a soft cloth to eliminate water spots and streaking.

If you want to go the easy route, use a commercially available stone cleaner. Debra Johnson, Merry Maids' home cleaning expert, recommends Take It For Granite, a spray that safely cleans granite countertops, floors, and shower walls.

Deep Clean, As Needed
For a deeper-cleaning solution, fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water; housekeeping and organization expert Amanda Thomas, founder of Moxie Girl, says the spray cleaner gives granite surfaces a nice shine. A combination like this can also help eliminate germs and disinfect granite surfaces.

How to Clean Stains on Granite
Although your granite may be properly sealed, a sealant is designed to repel stains rather than completely prevent them. Always wipe up spills as they happen by blotting them, so they don't spread. Then, clean the area with water and mild dish soap and rinse with clean water several times.

Though granite surfaces have some stain resistance, stains are still likely to pop up, especially in food preparation areas and bathroom vanities. Common stains that mar kitchen and bathroom surfaces include oil-based and organic stains. The Natural Stone Institute of America has a handy stone and granite stain removal guide to help you identify and remove these types of stains.

Apply Poultice
A poultice can be an effective way to remove some stains. The experts at Molly Maids recommend using baking soda as a cleaning base and adding water for oil-based stains or hydrogen peroxide for water-based stains. Mix the baking soda and liquid into a paste and apply to the stain. Next, gently scrub the countertop with a soft cloth. Rinse with water and repeat until the stain is lifted.

Cover with Plastic and Let Sit
If the paste-rinse-repeat method isn't getting the job done, apply another layer of paste and cover the area with plastic wrap. Tape down the edges of the plastic wrap and let it sit overnight or as long as a few days. Remove the plastic wrap, rinse, and gently scrub the spot with a soft cloth.

How to Clean Granite with Natural Products
While natural products like lemon and vinegar are a go-to for DIY cleaning solutions, you should leave them on the shelf when cleaning granite. Instead, one of the best ways to clean granite naturally is to reach for mild dish soap.

Thomas advises cleaning granite countertops daily with a damp rag and a mild dishwashing liquid and drying surfaces with a microfiber towel. Drying is a crucial step because it helps eliminate pesky water spots.

Use preventative measures: Always put coasters under glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices, and place hot dishes on trivets. Don't store staining items—such as cooking oils, oil-based cosmetics, and creams—on granite countertops.

13/11/2022

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03/12/2021

WE ARE MOVING!!!!!!!!
To All Our Valued Clients, please be advised that we have moved from our Milton Park office. We will advise you of our new location once renovations are complete and our showroom is set up. Please bear with us during this transition.

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Checkout this amazing Cappuchino High Gloss kitchen topped with African Ivory granite supplied by warehouse. Project done in Gletwyn, thumbs up to @ Interior Essentials for the beautiful cabinetry. To get your done give us a call on the following numbers
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04/07/2021

Give us a call on 0778228285 or visit our showroom at
11 Rowland Square, Milton Park, Harare

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Our latest installation, thanks to our client in Southlea Park Hre for trusting us with your granite needs. You too can have your dream kitchen, contact us on 08644 297076, or 0778 228285 or visit our showroom at 11 Rowland Square Milton Park in Harare.

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A big shootout to the Management team at Motswako Nightclub for trusting us with your granite needs. We wish you the best on your grand re-opening. Thank you to our stone Mason Mr Magumbe for working tirelessly to ensure all our jobs this week were completed on time. Visit our showroom at 11 Rowland Square in Milton Park or call us on 0778 228285 goldenpebbles

14/04/2021

Visit our new showroom at 11 Rowland Square, Milton Park in Harare and we can make your granite dreams come true. Call 0778228285

09/04/2021

Dare to be different with your space. Call us on 0778228285 Harare or 0773587251, or visit our showroom at 11 Rowland Square, Milton Park in Harare.

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Another success story in Gweru, done by a junior fitter who is very proud of his work. Thank you to the Ncubes in Lingfield Gweru for trusting us with your granite needs

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Another successful installation in Masvingo. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Shumba from Hillside Extension, Masvingo for entrusting your granite needs to us. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Give us a call on 0778228285 (Hre) for enquiries and quotations.
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Meet the team behind some of the showcased magic. Transform your living space, give us a call today on
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0778228285 Harare for a free quote. We cater to all your granite requirements to include kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, windowsills, fireplaces, wall cladding and tombstones.

02/02/2021

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First job of 2021. Grey granite. Thank you to the Mlambo family in Kwekwe for trusting us with your granite needs. Contact us on the following numbers for a quote and kitchen makeover
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23/12/2020
23/10/2020

We have introduced Ceasarstone to our range of products. Pop in store at Shop 13 Continental Plaza, 6th street in Gweru, next to FBC bank to see our range of different material options, to include, granite, marble and quartz. Showroom loading.........

04/10/2020

Finished Product!!!😊😊😊mutoko black granite on white melamine superwood high gloss doors. Give us a ring on our numbers, Harare 0778228285 or visit us at Shop 13, Continental Plaza, 6th Street in Gweru to choose your favourite granite and get your kitchen done

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Check out some of the work from our design team. Contact us on 0778 228285 or pop in to Shop 13 Continental Plaza 6th Street in Gweru for free design and quote

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Special shoutout to everyone who was instrumental in the opening of our Gweru branch
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02/09/2020

We are finally here Gweru. Our doors are open to serve you. Find us at Shop 13 Continental Plaza, 6th Street in Gweru. We are setting up our showroom. Come in and see the different samples of granite on offer

22/08/2020

We're counting down the days Gweru. We are excited to be opening our doors soon. Bringing granite solutions to the Midlands...

13/08/2020

Today I’m sharing the different options available when you are considering solid surface countertops and what the pros and cons are with each type (including granite, marble, quartz, and Dekton).
There are many choices on the market now when it comes to selecting countertops for your kitchen. Different products available vary immensely by not only cost, but by versatility and the overall qualities the countertops offer. So if you are set on a solid surface countertop then what is the best choice? Well it really depends on the look you are after and how much work you want to do to maintain your countertops. Marble, Granite, Quartz, and Dekton all offer unique properties and each has it’s pros and cons that are worth carefully considering before you make such a huge decision. Today I’m writing about the differences between Marble, Granite, Quartz, and Dekton in order to help you consider what option is best for your home

MARBLE COUNTERTOPS
One of the most traditional choices and probably that which has been around longest of all is Marble. A absolutely beautiful and elegant natural stone that is light and white in colour and appearance. There is no other natural stone that comes in choices as white as Marble is available in. Marble contains natural veining, though the amount and exact colouring of the veining varies by the kind of Marble you select. Although beautiful, the downside of Marble is that is quite a high maintenance choice for a kitchen countertop. It is very soft, very porous, and quite vulnerable to stains and chips. Marble also requires ongoing maintenance, such as applying a penetrating sealer at least twice a year. Things like wine, juice, and oil may damage it (perhaps even beyond repair), so you need to be comfortable with your countertop aging and being etched and scratched with regular use. It is also heat resistant but not heat proof and requires insulation between it and hot pots and pans.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a mix of quartz stone and resin and is generally considered nonporous and not very susceptible to staining then Granite or Dekton countertops. Less expensive versions of Quartz may have a different proportion of stone and resin, so they may stain more easily then name-brand versions (as we experienced with the Quartz surface in our previous kitchen). Quartz is as strong as Granite and Dekton, but more flexible so it’s less likely to chip or crack then either of those counter surfaces. Because it is made with resin, it is less heat-resistant than Granite and definitely than Dekton, which is considered heat proof. Quartz is also nearly maintenance free and does not require sealing, as Granite and Marble do. Quartz also comes in a huge variety of colour and pattern choices, and since it is a man-made product, uniformity can be guaranteed.

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Another highly popular choice in natural stone options is Granite. Long considered the obvious choice for solid surface countertops, Granite has become less on-trend in recent years, especially with the growth of more natural and beautiful man-made surfaces such as Quartz and Dekton. Because it is a natural stone, Granite is porous and therefore higher maintenance then both Quartz and Dekton as it needs to be sealed yearly. It is also not uniform in colour or appearance, so it’s important to choose from the whole slab if possible to know exactly what you are getting. Granite is heat resistant but not heat proof and requires insulation between it and hot pots and pans. Though there is a huge variety in the colours and patterns available, there are no true-white Granites available and most have a fair amount of pattern to them so it is not suitable for those who want a simpler, more consistent design on their countertops.

DEKTON COUNTERTOPS
Dekton is a fairly new solid surface countertop material made by Cosentino that is created by a mixture of porcelain and glass that is then treated with heat and pressure to create a completely non-porous, heat-proof, stain-proof surface. It requires no maintenance and can even be used outdoors as the colours will not fade in the sun.

You can place hot pots and pans directly on the surface and it won’t damage it, and you can even cut on the surface without scratching it, though it’s so hard that you will likely dull your knives. Dekton comes in a variety of beautiful visually appealing colours with many natural looking patterns and in every colour from white through black. It does need to be cut and fabricated by specially certified professionals to ensure that it is properly installed so it won’t crack. Your cabinetry needs to be completely level and properly supported in order to ensure the countertop is level as it is not a flexible material.

The pricing for Dekton is in line with good quality name-brand Quartz and Granite, but it offers the ultimate in a low-maintenance, beautiful solid countertop.

The durability, lack of maintenance, and variety of design options made it perfect for our home. I really wanted a marble look but without the maintenance of Marble, and I think we’ve perfectly achieved that with our choice.

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Bathroom vanities. Are you tired of old boring bathrooms? Try installing granite for a modern contemporary look. Call us for a free design and quote today. We are still running our opening special for Gweru residents, get a complimentary cleaner when your kitchen is installed by us. We are bringing granite solutions to the Midlands.

04/08/2020

HOW TO PREVENT ETCHING ON YOUR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
JULY 20, 2020 | UNCATEGORIZED

Granite countertops are the signature aspect of any room’s interior design. Well-known for their diverse designs and durability, granite will elevate even the most uninspiring of interior décor or fixtures.

One of nature’s toughest materials, granite registers at a 6 to 7 on the Mochs’ Scale (the measurement of mineral hardness.) A compound of quartz, feldspar, combined with trace amounts of other minerals, the siliceous stone is resistant to acidic lemon juice, vinegars, and cleaning products – something that bolsters its longevity.

Additionally, granite is highly scratch-resistant, even to knives on the higher end of the Blade Sharpness Index (BSI). In fact, believe it or not, granite has been found to dull kitchen knives. Keys, coins, and utensils also have similarly little effect on the aesthetic polish of granite.

However, despite the obvious attributes that make granite more durable than other countertops, it is still prone to etching. Learn how you can prevent granite etching with our handy guide below. Be sure to read the whole blog to discover how to get rid of any etching.

How Is Etching Caused?
In a nutshell, etching is when granite’s aesthetic is dulled by the interaction between the material and some acids. The interaction causes a chemical reaction that can discolour the material or leave a watermark.

Granite that contains traces of calcite, serpentine, onyx, or other calcareous minerals are more sensitive to acid damage and may etch a greater number of dull spots onto the surface. The higher the acid scores on the pH scale, the more likely it is to cause damage to your granite countertops.

The alkaline levels of certain acidic liquids that are commonly found in the kitchen, such as tomato juice, wine, and vinegar, will break through the protective seal of granite countertops. This can cause a chemical reaction and mark the granite surface.

How You Can Prevent Etching
The most consistent way to prevent granite etching is to make sure that you have a strong seal on your granite counters. There is a simple, straightforward way to do this: use granite countertop cleaners to clean the surface.

DON’T use standard household cleaners to clean granite. ONLY use granite-safe cleaners. Do this and you’ll be able to enjoy a pristine granite countertop for years to come – without having to worry about etching.

Having a strong seal on your granite counter-tops isn’t the only way to prevent etching. There are other kitchen practices too that will protect and preserve the granite aesthetic of your kitchen counter-tops. Interested in finding out? Continue reading below.

Always Use Chopping Boards and Coasters
Now granite may well register 6 to 7 on the Mochs’ Scale, but that’s no reason to be careless, or neglect cleanliness, something that’s paramount given our current circumstances fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Using chopping boards to prepare food is both cleanly and a great way to minimise getting any marks on your granite countertop. As previously mentioned, acidic lemon and other fruit juices can damage the granite seal. The next time you’re preparing non-alcoholic punch or sangria for a summer barbeque, or indeed any acidic foods for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, make sure that you cut up all acidic fruits on a chopping board.

Similarly, if you’re preparing a steaming mug of coffee for a morning breakfast or a hot chocolate before turning in for the night, you should always use coasters on granite countertops. Rich, dark liquid spillages will leave stains on your granite countertop and might cause marks if not swiftly mopped up.

Wipe All Spillages
This is really a no-brainer and something that you should do whether you have a granite, quartz, or any other countertop but, persistently not mopping up spillages can leave marks over time, especially if your sealer has degraded, causing spillages to seep into the granite.

Though this is rare, coloured liquid and food, such as beetroot or red wine can leave stains that will become more prominent on lighter coloured granite. These stains can seep into any etching, causing an unsightly colour on your granite countertops.

Remember too that if left unattended to, water can seep into a sealed surface in 15-20 minutes. Though more porous surfaces, such as wood or natural stone, will absorb much more water than granite or quartz which are generally considered to be non-porous, spillages on granite unattended to is not the best way to keep surfaces in pristine condition.

Keep Hot Pans Away from Granite Wherever Possible
Now, leaving a steaming pan of rice or pasta on a granite countertop won’t cause any notable damage, however in rare cases, moving pans from the stove to a granite countertop can cause thermal shock and granite etching.

Always use a mat, wire rack or trivet to rest steaming pans on and then you won’t have to worry about your granite becoming marked or having to mop up spillages. Any food remnants or ingrained dirt on the bottom of the pan can be transferred to granite countertops if you leave the pan sitting on the granite countertop for a long time. In the worse- case scenario this can cause etching.

Saucepan with boiling water placed over an electric hob
So, there you are, how to prevent etching on your granite countertops. When all’s said and done, preventing etching is really all about taking good care of your granite, which is easy to do. All you need to have are the right cleaning products, exercise a little caution and common sense and be aware of the foods and liquids that could damage granite.

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Black granite on Curtbery Oak. Mix and match your favorite colors to get the theme you desire. Beautify your space with us. Call us for a free design and quote today. Remember our opening special, get a complimentary kitchen cleaner when you get your kitchen done by us.

30/07/2020

Granite has been one of the most popular materials for counters in kitchens and baths since the early 2000s. Granite is everywhere. It isn’t as porous as marble, so it is less prone to soaking up oils, spills and stains. That said, prevention is key with granite countertops. Mop us spills as soon as they happen so they cannot pe*****te the surface.

Granite is extremely resistant to bacteria, an important consideration for kitchen counters in particular. And the granite in countertops has been sealed to make it stain-resistant. To keep the glossy shine for which it’s prized, you need to clean granite counters regularly and carefully. Here’s how to clean a granite countertop.

First, wipe the counter surface with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. You can also use a 50:50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. Don’t use vinegar, Windex or bleach on granite. Frequent uses of these acidic substances will dull the granite and weaken the sealant. Don’t use abrasive cleaner or pads, either, because granite can be scratched. The good news: You don’t need specialty cleaners for granite. It’s OK to use those products, but you’re paying for a product you don’t need. Mild soap and hot water will do just fine.

Knowing how to clean countertops means knowing how to remove stains. To remove stains from granite, make a paste of baking soda and water. Gently scrub the spot with the paste and a soft cloth. Rinse thoroughly. It may take several tries to get out a tough stain. For an extremely tough stain, put the paste on the spot, cover with plastic wrap and tape down the edges. Let it sit until the paste dries. This can take a couple of days. When the paste is dry, use a soft cloth to wipe away the paste. Rinse with warm water.

To put a shine on your granite put a little cooking oil on a soft cleaning cloth and wipe it across the countertop. Buff it gently. This makes the counter a little bit stain-resistant and gives it a glossy shine. Even if you know how to clean countertops correctly your granite will need to be resealed periodically. Normal wear and tear will wear the sealant off, leaving the counter dull and susceptible to stains. Resealing granite counters is a job best to left to professionals; don’t DIY this one. Plan on having your granite counters resealed every two to four years. Knowing how to clean a granite countertop will make the sealant last and keep the counter beautiful for years.

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