Granite is a natural stone which is quarried in blocks, cut into slabs, trimmed, layered and polished or honed for many uses including statuary & monuments, building siding and kitchen worktops. Each piece is utterly unique due to its location of origin and the conditions and mineral elements that existed in its creation over millennia.
Granite is a wonderful material for a kitchen worktop in many respects but it does need a certain amount of care and maintenance. Some granites are less porous than others but there are only one or two that are slightly porous and may not need resealing
Quartz is a man-made material that combines natural mined quartz with other materials to manufacture uniformly-sized and coloured rectangular slabs from which fabricators can cut, layer and create building materials such as countertops.
It resists scratching, staining and scorching better than any other natural stone or solid surface. Do avoid excessive force or pressure because that may mar or chip the surface. Don’t worry about spills from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup, and many other common household products; just avoid harsh chemicals. Use trivets when placing any hot items to avoid thermal shock.
Corian is made from natural minerals and high-performance acrylic, Corian is non-porous, resisting stains and bacteria. Created to last a lifetime it is a unique blend of minerals and acrylic which creates a stone-hard surface that can be formed in almost any shapes.
Stains, scratches and light scorches can be removed from Corian surfaces with sandpaper or a scouring pad and a cleanser. If this is done carefully, the finish is not badly damaged and the removal of these problems is difficult to detect.
The matte finish of Corian will scratch and dull if it is treated too aggressively.