One of the common misconceptions people have about their granite countertops is that they cannot be used to cut on directly. Before we discuss why granite and some other stone alternatives are the go-to choice for homeowners searching for a reliable kitchen countertop surface, it is important to remember that no material is scratch- or damage-proof. Stone is susceptible to harm, although it takes much longer and much greater intensity for these results to occur.
Be Careful Where You Cut
That being said, investing in a cutting board for your granite countertops is a wise decision, but not for the reason you may think. Whereas laminate surfaces can become easily scratched and develop massive grooves from a quick, accidental miss of a blade, stone is not so forgiving. Instead of the kitchen countertop sustaining damage, your cutlery could be in jeopardy of becoming dull. This will not result immediately and doesn’t mean that you cannot slice a piece of fruit or chop celery every now and then when needing to prepare a quick meal.
However, continued use of your granite countertops as a direct surface for cutting and chopping is not recommended for this particular reason. It is not sharp objects that affect stone so much as acidic substances. Granite ranks low on the porous factor (i.e. the rate at which liquids and chemicals are absorbed) but is not immune to staining and discoloration.
Uncleaned water spills may cause the affected area to appear darker. To prevent this type of damage, we highly recommend that every granite owner have their stone countertops professionally sealed, a service offered by Premier Surfaces and one that need not be repeated for up to 15 years with the use of a quality product and proper installation.
Whether or not you should cut on directly on your granite countertops depends on how often you need to cut. Remember, it is the cutlery itself, not the stone surface, that is being affected. We have heard many stories of people ruining perfectly new and sharp knives by not using cutting boards. Granite is virtually impervious to destruction, which is why it continues to be one of the most popular countertop materials to this day. We urge you to pay a visit to our showroom to get a better idea of the products we have in stock and so our customer service team can answer any questions you may have!