Can I Cut on My Granite Countertop?

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!

  • Our kitchen looks awesome!

    “I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience Mike and I had with putting in our granite counters last week. We had never done a make-over before, so when my husband suggested putting in granite counters I groaned.  Little did I know at the time how smooth and painless everyone at Premier Surfaces would make it. Every encounter was extremely professional. Our kitchen looks awesome and I really appreciate having the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. If we ever decide to do anything like that in the future we will use definitely use Premier Surfaces.”

    Mike and Janet

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    “I walked in on a Friday, and was surprised to see just how busy they were — always a good sign of how a business is doing. In the process of waiting my turn, a number of people asked if I had been assisted yet. Customer service isn’t something you get in most places these days. I walked around their facility and really got a different feel compared to how I felt at other granite shops. The selection was great, everyone was friendly, and they took the time to teach me about the differences in quality for all of the chioces of a fabricator out there. The professionalism, friendly and incredibly knowledgable staff set them apart from the other “competitors”. My kitchen looks beautiful and the investment in my home was well worth it to have it completed correctly THE FIRST TIME. I will be upgrading a few bathrooms in the future and can’t think of any other granite fabricator I’d rather use.”

    -Maggie