Granite is one of the toughest igneous rocks forged in the depths of the earth, so you’d think you could get away with just about anything on your granite countertops. Yes, granite is tougher than nails—but it’s not just the granite you need to worry about.
Avoid the following 7 activities to keep your granite counter tops (and other people and things) in good condition:
1. Don’t work with raw meat on a granite countertop
Although well-sealed granite should keep bacteria from working its way into microscopic crevices of the countertop, do you really want to play cross-contamination roulette with salmonella?
The meat certainly isn’t going to hurt the granite, but what’s left behind might hurt you if it ends up on another food item. Also, after working with things like raw meat, people often feel the need to cleanse the food prep surface using harsh disinfectants that are not appropriate for granite countertops.
Many of the most common grocery-store cleansers can dull and damage the sealant and potentially discolor the granite itself. So just use a cutting board and follow up with soapy water and a microfiber cloth.
2. Don’t get acidic things on your granite countertop
Vinegar, citrus fruits, soft drinks, and personal products like perfume, lotion, nail polish, and soaps that are acidic can etch the surface and damage the seal on your granite, causing it to stain more easily.
In the bathroom, put personal care products in a cabinet or a basket with a secure base that won’t leak in case of a spill. And in the kitchen, always use cutting boards for any food preparation and coasters for drinks.
3. Don’t let spills remain on a granite countertop
Accidents happen; something oily or acidic might splatter all over the countertop in spite of your precautions. In that case, quickly clean up with a mild, recommended cleanser or hot, soapy water.
If you let a spill sit, it can etch the seal and stain the granite.
4. Don’t use knives directly on the granite
The granite is tough and can handle the knives; it’s your knives that will be sorry you didn’t use a cutting board. Slicing knives across granite to cut food will quickly dull and damage their blades.
5. Avoid putting hot pans on your countertop
Again, the granite can handle the heat; it is igneous rock, after all. Brief encounters with a hot pot will not hurt your countertops.
The sealants, however, can weaken from excessive heat. Simply make sure to have trivets and potholders nearby when you’re cooking. Again, wipe up any spills or drips as soon as possible.
6. Don’t sit or stand on your granite countertop
Granite is a natural rock with fascinating fissures and stunning striations or veins. But these striations are vulnerable to cracking under excessive weight. So don’t climb or stand on the countertops to reach things, change light bulbs, paint, or anything else.
Use a sturdy stool or step ladder; it’s safer anyway.
7. Don’t use undermount kitchen sink as a bathtub for children
Even though the undermount sinks are attached securely to the bottom of the granite countertops, using kitchen sinks for giving bath to children may cause loosening of the sink mounting.
Granite is tough, but as a natural, porous (in its unsealed state) surface with striations, you need to know proper care techniques and what to avoid. Other than that, it’s a stress-free countertop material.
If you have any questions about caring for your countertops, contact us here at Arch City Granite in St. Louis, MO for expert granite advice.