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Does granite need treating ever?

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Twiglett Thu 26-May-05 12:13:26

Woman in magnet just told me that granite has to be sealed annually to stop vinegar / oils soaking into surface and ruining colour

is that true?? first I've heard of it??

cod Thu 26-May-05 12:14:05

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Twiglett Thu 26-May-05 12:16:28

cackling ol' fish

you don't know do you

Sonnet Thu 26-May-05 12:17:35

First I have heard of it and I have had granite work surfaces for 5 years now.
I do use a special cleaner/polisher form Lakeland though every so often which gives it a beautiful finish!

floppsy Thu 26-May-05 12:21:08

Don't think so my dh is in the granite business & he said their the best worktops to have.I have a granite fireplace and wasn't told anything.

Twiglett Thu 26-May-05 12:41:25

great - so it was bollocks wasn't it

back to thinking about granite

ho hum

crunchie Thu 26-May-05 12:49:52

Some peopel say this and it means that Magnet are making more money. Bear in mind Magnet are HUGELY overpriced for everything and the quality is not that hot. For the money you would be better to go to a smaller independant locally who will not rip you off like they do

Also I got granite directly from the supplier to Magnet, and it was nearly half the price Magnet quoted (Whitehall Fabrications are the company)

crunchie Thu 26-May-05 12:51:38

They gave me a kit 2 1/2 years ago and I use it once every few months. It just really polishes it up beautifully. Also re seals it, but it is only like celaning with a normal cleaner except you wipe it off too.

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 12:53:02

we had a local granite company fit our kitchen worksurfaces and the only thing we were told was dont put hot saucepans etc directly on top of it in case there is a fault under the surface causing it to shatter, (my sil has an aga and uses a granite board to put her kettle on and that has never shattered), probably an idea not to cut on it, and for cleaning wipe over with warm soapy water wipe dry and then spray with pledge or similar to bring up the shine!
it works a treat!

Twiglett Thu 26-May-05 12:54:25

thanks - I wasn't planning on buying from magnet - agree they are totally overpriced (have ordered kitchen from homebase which fitter recommended as good quality)

do you have contact details for your granite people or know where they are based, do they template and fit too? would be interested in getting more quotes for the granite

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 12:56:33

we're in sussex, the company we used for our kitchen is GJC in Heathfield and for our bath surround we used Aldbourne Stone in West Grinstead.
any use?
they both templated first and did the fitting.

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 12:56:51

if thats any use i can look the numbers out for you.

Twiglett Thu 26-May-05 12:57:40

if they travel to London were they good? do you hve their phone number / website address please?

Twiglett Thu 26-May-05 12:58:02

thank you mrs pink would love the numbers

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 13:05:41

Albourne Stone & Marble
2
Prices Farm Cottage
Lewes
East Sussex
BN8 6JD

Telephone: 01825 872830

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 13:06:36

GJC Stone Flooring
Unit 7, Satinstown Farm, Burwash Rd, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8RU
Tel: 01435 867623

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 13:07:35

http://www.molevalleymasonry.co.uk/

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 13:09:44

Lee Bealing Stone Mason9, Downs Rd, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 8PA
Tel: 01444 235596

louloubelle Thu 26-May-05 13:10:20

I used Marble City near Wandsworth Bridge...were ok price wise, turned up on time etc, came back when we needed a bit of sealing doing around edges, even gave me a couple of huge slabs for pans etc after job was finished and paid for as an extra. Would recommend them.

mrspink27 Thu 26-May-05 13:11:08

albourne were great, we had a quote for from mole valley but they couldnt come when we needed them to , gjc did our slate kitchen floor and were the go between for lee bealing who actually templated and fitted.
hth

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