Hot items can ruin benchtops. It is recommended that you do not place hot items on a stone surface. As this can cause the benchtops to crack and leave burn marks. . It is recommended that a thick heat proof coaster/placemat or chopping board is used to protect the surface. Please note if people place hot items directly on their benchtops, it is at their own risk. With Natural stone, we recommend using it for projects such as fireplaces, as it is heat resistant. Reconstituted stone although heat resistant, can be combustible based on its engineered nature (chemicals/glue). Note: Granite Planet compliesy with regulations and guidelines provided by the stone supplier (slab manufacturer) when installing reconstituted stone near hot areas.
Both natural and reconstituted stone are porous (easily able to absorb fluids). Natural stone is more porous than reconstituted stone. Natural stone is easily stained if not cared for properly, as all liquids and colours can penetrate the stone surface. As an example, such stain predators include beetroot and red wine. Natural stone also can etch; this can cause an uneven surface. For example, lemon or chemicals with harsh acidic content should be used with care and it’s important to avoid these liquids coming into direct contact with the stone, as they can etch (eat away) at the stone. By contrast, reconstituted stones are engineered to be stain resistant, however, they are NOT stain proof. The binding chemicals which make up reconstituted stone make it harder for liquids and stains to be absorbed. However, care is still required.
Depending on the severity, replacement of a bench or a stone product is the last resort. Repair depends on the material and colour. A Granite Planet professional will advise the correct measures that need to be taken.
Natural stone requires sealant, which Granite Planet provides upon installation. We recommend continued maintenance of sealant application over a suggested timeframe in order to maintain the natural stone finish. Note: There are some exceptions with natural stone. Reconstituted stone does not require sealing, if sealed this may conflict with supplier warranties