Quality in granite is determined by several factors, including its colour consistency, the presence of defects, cracks or inclusions, and its porosity. At FM Marble, we recommend looking for granite slabs that have uniform patterns, feel smooth to the touch, and don’t have visible cracks or pits. Additionally, the less porous the granite, the more durable and less prone to staining it will be. Always consult with our experts to ensure you’re getting the highest grade for your investment.
The frequency for sealing granite countertops varies based on the granite’s porosity and usage. Generally, most granite countertops should be resealed every 12-18 months. However, at FM Marble, we provide specific guidelines based on the type of granite you choose. A simple water droplet test can also indicate when it’s time to reseal: if the water is absorbed instead of beading up, it might be time to reseal.
Yes, one of the inherent advantages of granite is its heat resistance. You can place hot pots or pans directly onto a granite countertop without damaging it. However, using trivets or mats is always a good practice to prevent potential discoloration or thermal shock. Regarding scratches, granite is incredibly hard and resistant, but it’s not entirely scratch-proof. We advise using cutting boards rather than cutting directly on the surface.
Granite is relatively easy to maintain. For daily cleaning, use warm water, a drop of mild detergent, and a soft cloth. Avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaners, which can damage the sealant or etch the surface. For spills, especially acidic or oily substances, wipe them up immediately to prevent potential staining. Regular cleaning, combined with periodic sealing as advised, will keep your granite looking pristine.
Absolutely! Granite is an excellent choice for bathroom countertops due to its durability and resistance to moisture. Its minimal porosity makes it less susceptible to water damage or mould growth. Plus, the unique patterns and colours of granite can add a touch of luxury to any bathroom. When sealed and maintained properly, granite in the bathroom can look stunning and last for decades.