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Frequently asked Questions

What is granite?

Granite is an igneous rock formed from cooling magma and is quarried throughout the world, with colours and patterns that indicate the region and the geological conditions that created it. Each granite slab is unique, with random and inconsistent patterns providing such a beautiful and classic appearance.

Granite is next hardest substance to diamond. Most of the metals including stainless steel cannot scratch granite stone. Hence its widely used for commercial and residential building for its lustrous natural look and ease of maintenance.

Can I afford to have granite for my house? Isn't it expensive?

Granite is more affordable than many people realize, generally its only 5-10% higher than any other material. It was true till few years back. But due to the recent developments in quarrying techniques, lowered shipment costs overall costs have come down significantly.

Unique granites are quarry operators and manufacturer themselves. So many layers of distribution has been avoided to offer the best premium quality stones to customer in Australia at a lowest price.

What are the advantages of Granite?

Granite can with stand heat up to 1800 degrees.

Granite is very attractive, practical and hygienic, making it an ideal choice for worktops. Granite is tough and has a glassy finish when polished, which is very durable and will last for many years. Granite is best recommended for kitchen tops as it can server multipurpose as dining table, bathroom surfaces, bar tops, restaurant tables and counters, outdoor benches and tables, fireplaces, planters and garden lights, headstones and gravestones, chopping board (however it may dull your knives.)

Granite shine lasts longer than any other material.

Maintenance is very easy. A wet cloth with mild detergent will clean granite to sparkle.

What liquids may cause damage to my granite kitchen or bathroom worktop?

Granite is waterproof and highly durable but the surface does need sealing on a regular basis. All spilt liquids should be mopped up immediately.

The greatest risk is from highly alkaline or acidic liquids (such as lemon juice or vinegar), oil based substances (such as butter and cooking oils – hot oil splattering from cooking pans around the cooker), wine, detergents and alcohol.

Do not allow any build up of salt or detergent on your granite worktop. Avoid strong acids or chemicals, including paint stripper, brush cleaner, oven cleaner, nail varnish remover, degreasing or similar products.

Are there likely to be defects or imperfections in my granite worktop?

Granite is a natural material and on rare occasions can have defects or imperfections due to the natural working characteristics of materials supplied. There may be small chips which arise in the course of manufacture, delivery and/or installation. We can repair these defects on site and reserve the right to do so if needed.

Can I arrange for my own fitting?

If you prefer – we can just supply the granite product, and you can arrange your own installation team or DIY. (Be aware that granite is very, very heavy and needs to be handled with due care and consideration - it is not a one-man job!). Blue Pearl will take no responsibility for any damage caused either to property or to the granite surface if fitting is undertaken by a third party.

How should I clean my granite worktop?

Rinse with clean warm water and dry with a chamois leather or special granite cloths, which we can supply if required.

Can I use abrasive cleaners on my granite kitchen or bathroom worktop?

Granite must not be rubbed with abrasive materials (such as metal pads, scouring detergents and wire wool or alkaline and chlorine based cleaners or bleach). Instead, wash with clean warm water to which a non-abrasive light neutral detergent. Drainer grooves can, however, be cleaned using wire wool.

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