Stone Technology (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. is a family run business with 25 years experience specialiazing in the manufacture and installation of natural and reconstituted quartz stone surfaces for kitchen benchtops, vanity tops, reception counters etc.
Natural granite is one of the hardest known substances and provides lifelong beautiful and serviceable work benches. Please take note of the following information so that you may allay any fears or misunderstandings in relation to 100% natural stone.
Although some granites have very little or no “pitting”, most have medium to high degrees of “pitting” when viewed against the light. This is a natural characteristic of the stones and not a flaw, nor a case of the stone being second grade nor a defect in the polishing process. “Pitting” does not reflect on the strength of the stone nor on the possibility of flaking. Filling is not practical as the depth of the “pitting “ is miniscule.
The location of the joins is governed by the lengths of the slabs at the time of cutting, the practicality of carrying the pieces on site, the location of appliances and in some cases the matching of the veining. Every effort is made to keep the joins to a minimum. Granite joins are always visible given the nature of the material.
Some granites vary in tonality from one end of the slab to the other and as such, panels fixed butting to each other in finished jobs may display a minor variation. This is normal when using natural stones or timbers.
Although your granite has been sealed for protection against stains and blemishes, to keep it looking pristine, take note of the following recommendations:
Clean your top after food preparation using a sponge with a little detergent and wipe dry. For stubborn residues, (e.g. hardened sugar, syrups etc.) use the scouring side of the sponge or steel wool. This will not scratch the granite nor affect the polish.
Do not allow fruit juices or oil spillages to remain on the surface of the granite for any significant period of time. (e.g. over 6 hours)
Whilst food may be diced on the granite surface without any risk of damage, do not use meat cleavers directly on the granite.
Avoid standing on your granite bench top when adjusting curtains or fitting light bulbs etc.
Food stains, although unlikely to occur, may be removed using a solution of bleach (e.g. white king) approximately 15% and water 85% and left overnight on the stain, followed by cleaning the next day. For more stubborn stains, this procedure may be repeated a number of times.
Hot casseroles, pans etc. taken out of the oven, should be placed on mats even though the granite resists heat and does not burn or brown. Heat dissipated from excessively hot casseroles can cause granite to expand at that point and hence create a crack.
Although not necessary, granite may be waxed every six months using any recommended stone wax.