There is no question that stone countertops surpass their laminate counterparts in most respects, but despite what you have probably heard, even the highest quality granite slabs are not impervious to damage. While there is a far lower risk of harm from cutlery, heat and general wear and tear, just know your countertops are indeed susceptible to these types of issues.
You likely spent many hours sifting through various products before settling on the perfect stone for your newly remodeled kitchen, so why put your investment in harm’s way? Below is a quick summary of items that should never come into contact with those granite countertops you so meticulously picked out!
Granite Mistakes To Avoid
Liquids and stone never mix well. It is true that granite is less porous than many competing countertop materials, especially when it has been sealed properly, but absorption is nonetheless an ever-present problem. The longer water is left on granite, the higher chance it will lead to unsightly staining and discoloration.
Make it a habit to wipe up spills as soon as they occur. Clean-up times are more urgent for cranberry juice, red wine and other dark-colored liquids. The same goes for cooking oils and sauces. Keep a roll of paper towels in close reach at all times.
Few things look better than a uniquely designed bathroom granite vanity. If you want to maintain the stone’s beautiful luster, be careful when using and storing nail polish. The main ingredient in these products is acetone, which is known for its abrasiveness and chemical-stripping properties. Unless you want to remove that protective sealant coating, keep nail polish off your counters.
When working with cutlery, always use a dedicated cutting board. It is not your granite countertops that will be in jeopardy per se, but rather the utensils themselves. There is no quicker way to dull a sharp blade than slicing food on stone.
This is also a great way to spread possible contaminants from uncooked meat onto the surfaces your family interacts with on the daily, and that is not OK! As well, never sit or stand on your counters. They are not designed to withstand excessive amounts of weight and can be potentially ruined by doing so.
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