Granite countertops are among the most durable choice when considering options for new countertops in your kitchen or bathroom. In popularity, granite has reigned supreme among the top choices for countertops for almost 40 years now.
It has been seen as a statement piece in the kitchen and bathroom with its artistic veining and variety of colors. No two slabs are the same so adding that touch of brilliance and luxury to your kitchen or bathroom is a big thing. Elbowing passed formica and marble countertops, granite was hailed as the most beautiful and desired countertop option after the 1970’s and 80’s. Even today, it is still held its place among the top 3 most popular countertop choices in new homes.
One reason homeowners love granite is for its heat and scratch resistant durability. Graduating from laminate countertops to granite, you especially love the fact that this stone can easily have hot pots placed on top or that it can withstand small surface scratching from regular use. While granite countertops are a brilliant choice in the kitchen, they are not indestructible and you need to take care when it comes to granite and specific liquids, even water.
The porosity of granite
Due to the nature of granite, that it is a natural stone, it can be somewhat porous. Before it is installed as a countertop in your kitchen however, it is treated with special sealers to make it less likely to absorb stains and liquids. Without this sealant, if dark colored liquids are allowed to sit on the countertop for a long period of time, they can discolor light colored granite.
Sealing your granite countertops professionally before they are installed is a must. After that, you can self seal your granite countertops with store bought granite sealer. We recommend Stain-Proof Original from Dry-Treat products as it is manufactured with nano technology and has high amounts of stone sealer in it and will keep your countertops from soaking up liquids.
Water on your granite countertops
In nature, rain water drenches marble and granite but it may be surprising that rocks such as these can soak up water. It’s not much but because of the porosity, the tiny holes that are not visible to the naked eye can absorb water. Sealed granite countertops are much less likely to absorb water, however if water is left on your countertop for long periods of time, it can cause a darker spot. Oftentimes, water will just dry and evaporate but if it’s been left to sit for a long time, it might needs a bit more help.
Mild detergent, water and a soft bristled brush is usually enough to remove the spot. Hard water stains are another story. If your water has a high mineral content, it can leave a hard water stain on your granite, especially around a leaky faucet. This creates a white, filmy residue on your countertop that can seem impossible to remove but there is a way to do it. Using baking soda or a granite cleaner poultice, spread a thick layer around the hard water stain. Cover it with plastic wrap and tape down. Allow it to dry for 24 hours and once dry, gently use your hands to rub off the dry poultice. Use a soft cloth with warm water and soap to remove the rest. If there is still a little bit of the hard water stain left, try this process again. So can water ruin granite? No, but it can discolor it so you want to be cautious with especially hard water on your granite countertops.
Arch City Granite for the best selection in granite countertops
Arch City Granite prides itself in providing the best selection of granite slabs around. When selecting granite for your new countertops, you don’t want to see a picture in a book, you want to touch, see and feel it. Our friendly staff is happy to answer your questions and help you choose the best look for your kitchen or bathroom update. Come in and see us today!