We’ve been closely monitoring Government health advice relating to the spread of coronavirus. Our team will continue to follow Government recommendations – with the aim of reducing the risk of passing the virus between our customers and our tradespeople. We’re continuing to book jobs for customers who are self-isolating so that people aren’t left without essential services. We send regular COVID-19 updates to our workforce. They’re well informed about symptoms as well as the general hygiene measures and social distancing. All our tradespeople have been told they must confirm they are feeling well and haven’t experienced any symptoms of COVID-19. They do this first thing in the morning on a daily basis. All of our workforce have been asked to follow the WHO’s standard infection control measures: Frequently cleaning hands using alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water When coughing or sneezing to cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow, then to dispose of the tissue immediately before washing hands Avoiding close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough To contact NHS 111 and seek medical care early if a fever, cough or breathing difficulty occurs Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.

Although Capital Granite is based in London, we operate nationally and supply our materials to a wide range of clients up and down the United Kingdom. We will also aim to offer you an appointment with us within 2 days. Our showroom in Walthamstow is also open 6 days a week where you can find more information about what we do and get a closer look at our services first hand.

5 Tips to Preserve Your Granite Worktops

While granite is an exceptionally durable surface, if not maintained and treated correctly it can be worn and damaged over time. By following just a few simple tips, you can ensure that your granite worktops are always kept in an immaculate condition, saving you time and money as you go about your day.

Granite Sealing

Maintaining granite is generally pretty easy to do; one of the most effective ways to upkeep your granite countertops is to regularly reseal the surface (generally every 1-2 years), which will keep the granite surface protected and in-tact. Most specialised sealants are quite affordable, and the effects of some can even last up to 3 years, making sealing a far more cost-effective method than having to regularly replace or repair your worktops. Using a chopping board and taking care when preparing food will also stop sharp knives from ruining the surface.

Avoid Heavy-Chemical Cleaning Products

There are a number of strong, heavy-chemical cleaning products that can harm, discolour or even permanently damage your granite worktops, with some even causing the top, sealant layer to become damaged or start peeling. Most common cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia, citrus or vinegars are not advised for cleaning your granite countertops; more gentle, natural cleaners (such as warm water with a gentle dish soap) will softly and effectively remove all dirt and bacteria from the surface without any harsh effects.

Clean Spills Immediately

It is possible for heavily-acidic food and drink substances, such as wine, fruit juices and coffee, to stain and wear granite surfaces over time. If you spill something on your worktop, it is important that you wipe up the spillage relatively quickly (not letting it dry) so that your granite does not have time to become discoloured or harshly effected. It may sound obvious, but using coasters under your mugs and glasses is good practice to avoid this.

Avoid Heavy Objects

General everyday use is unlikely to result in chips, cracks or scratches, but if very heavy items such as large appliances are placed regularly on top of the granite surface then this pressure can, over time, increase the risk of dents and cracks – particularly around the edges or cupboard overhang. Sitting on, or leaning over, the overhang can also create pressure that is likely to wear the granite over time, potentially requiring replacement sooner. Place heavy items on the countertop carefully where possible.

Take Care With Heat

Although granite is an incredibly hard-wearing material that won’t easily burn, you should try to avoid placing very hot pots and pans directly onto the surface, as this can cause thermal shock to your worktops. Though it is rare, high heat is more than capable of cracking your granite surfaces. Where possible, you should use trivets and heat pads to put down any hot objects after cooking, until they are completely cooled.

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