What to look for when selecting a granite worktop supplier? Here are some key things to consider when selecting your granite worktop supplier.
• Check out what other customers have to say about the company. Social media is also great for researching customer feedback
• Talk to the people at the company and find out whether they are passionate and knowledgeable about the work they do from the very first contact
• Find out if the business is managed by the owners who deal directly with customers, or a shareholder-led company where turnover takes precedent above customer satisfaction
• Find out if you will deal with the same people across a job to ensure quality levels
• Ask if template and fitting included in the quote
• Ask where the work will be carried out; at the supplier’s factory or onsite in your garden!
• Do they supply a range of granites? And can they advise on what will work best for you? Don’t trust anyone that tries to sell you the most expensive granite without first understanding your needs
• Are all possible extra itemized at the quoting stage? They can push up the price once you have agreed to the work
• Have they reassured you that your worktops will be installed on your specified date? And, if your build or kitchen project runs over, are they flexible and accommodating with your new dates?
Granite worktops are a lifetime investment, but they need the right ongoing care and attention. Here are our top tips to keep your granite looking fresh and new.
• Granite is micro-porous, so make sure your worktop is sealed thoroughly. To check, leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, you have a secure seal. If, after a few minutes the water has soaked into the granite, then it’s time to reseal
• Be careful with substances such as acidic or spirit based products such as perfume, drinks like red wine, or citric acids found in fruit. Likewise oily products such as cooking oils can stain if allowed to soak into worktops over time
• Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them
• Use warm water, a mild or gentle dish soap, and or microfiber cloth for daily wipe over
• Use coasters under all glasses
• Use chopping boards to help reduce the risk of damage to your surfaces. And your knives as granite will blunt them!
• Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners and sponges, Windex, acidic cleaners (e.g. vinegar, lemon, lime), or anything with ammonia or bleach
• Don’t drag pots, pans or any other kitchen utensils or appliances across the surface because even with just a grain of salt underneath, it may result in a scratch
• Don’t stand on your worktops as this can damage the joints.