Whether you’re a landscape architect, memorial artist, or a monument company working granite, you choose it because of its timeless beauty and durability of granite pieces. We get that completely.
From awe-inspiring monuments to meaningful, elegant headstones and resilient public ‘carpets’ – see the ‘granite carpet’ at the Four Seasons’ Hotel, Toronto, below – granite adds gravitas to any project.
To preserve the longevity and lustre of such creations, however, requires regular maintenance and timely repairs. So, what does that look like? In this blog, we’re delving into the world of granite care, and offering up lots of valuable tips on how to maintain your granite installations and keep them in pristine condition.
How to Maintain Granite Pieces
1. Clean regularly
Regular cleaning is the cornerstone of granite maintenance. Firstly use a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris then use a mild detergent mixed with warm water to gently clean the surface of the piece, using a soft brush or sponge. White vinegar and water can also be used in combination.
It’s a good idea to test the cleaning solution on a small area of the stone first to ensure it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions.
If using white vinegar, We recommend never cleaning in direct, hot sunlight as it can cause possible damage to the stone.
We also recommend avoiding abrasive cleaners and harsh chemicals that could damage the natural beauty of the stone.
One last tip: draw up a cleaning schedule so no day, weeks or months go missed!
2. Apply granite sealer
Granite that is unpolished can be porous, making it susceptible to staining if left unsealed. Depending on the granite colour and finish, it’s a good idea to apply a quality granite sealer every one to three years to your piece. Sealing helps protect granite from staining, ensuring it maintains its good looks over time.
3. Avoid heavy impact
While granite is incredibly durable, it’s not completely indestructible. Avoid heavy impact or dropping heavy objects onto any granite surfaces as this may cause chips or fractures. Be mindful when using lawn mowers or other equipment near granite installations to prevent accidental damage.
How to Repair Granite Pieces
1. Look for signs of wear and tear
It’s important to keep a close eye on granite pieces for signs of wear and tear. Cracks, chips, discoloration, and surface scratches are common issues that can crop up over time, and dealing with them promptly is the name of the game. Create a schedule for regular check-ins. Dealing with the issue promptly will enable you to nip damage in the bud, and maintain the integrity of the granite.
2. Seek professional help if needed
We provide repair services at HGH if you need professional assistance. We’d always advise erring on the side of caution, as attempting to Do It Yourself is not a good idea – it might make problems worse and compromise the appearance of the granite.
Maintaining and repairing granite pieces is a worthy investment that pays for itself in the long run. Implementing regular cleaning and maintenance schedules and practices – along with periodic sealing – will help you preserve the splendour of your piece and avoid costly repairs. Remember to stay vigilant for signs of wear and tear, though – and seek professional restoration services when needed.
At HGH, we pride ourselves on sourcing the finest granite and providing the best service to our valued clients. Whether you’re working on a monument project, a timeless headstone, or a public architecture piece, our team – and their many years of expertise – is at your service!
Get in touch with us today.