The Most Common Myths about Granite Countertops - Part 1

We would like to shed a little bit of light on some of the most common myths and misconceptions about granite countertops. Some of these myths are spread by people trying to sell granite, or people trying to sell competing products. The firsts will glorify the granite the second ones will criticize it. Since we are working hard to earn our customers appreciation we consider very important to inform you correctly about this matter.

Myth: Granite countertops are scratch proof.

Stained granite countertop

Granite is scratch resistant, but it’s not scratch proof. There are some minerals harder than granite, which means they can scratch it. Mineral hardness is rated by the Mohs scale, with soft minerals like talc rated as 1 and diamond rated at 10. Due to their high quartz content, most commercial granites are rated about 7 on the Mohs scale. Abrasive substances sometimes found in cleaning products can cause dull spots or tiny scratches on granite if misused. Some stones sold as granite are significantly softer than true granites and are, therefore, more inclined to scratching. Natural stone should be cleaned only with pH neutral, non-abrasive stone cleaning products.

Myth: Granite countertops stain easily.

Let us explain how things work with granite countertops. Granite is exceptionally stain resistant, more so than many synthetic materials, including laminates and solid surface plastics. Granite counters don’t stain easily but are resistant to stains. Generally, any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. However, even water can soak into a granite countertop if countertops are not seal and leave a dark colored spot but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that do not evaporate will cause stains if left to soak into the stone. Using the proper substances most stains can be removed from granite counters. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone.

Myth: Granite countertops are heat resistant.

This should be explained as well. Granite is quite resistant to the sorts of temperatures encountered in kitchens. Extremely rapid heating can damage or discolor some types of granite sealers. Rapid heating can also generate internal stresses that could cause a crack at a weak spot, such as a natural flaw or fissure in the stone. So, we cannot state that it is perfectly okay to place hot pots on a granite countertop.

Myth: Granite countertops are high maintenance.

The maintenance of granite countertops is virtually non-existent. Routine cleaning with mild soap and water, as you would do with any countertop surface, is all that’s needed. Once a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed. This would only take about 15 minutes. Is this much? You tell us.

Granite countertop maintenance

We will continue our list, but meanwhile we would like to invite you to browse through our Gallery and enjoy the granite countertops we have integrated with our customers’ home decor.

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