Granite Countertops: Frequently Asked Questions
Why is granite all the rage, especially in kitchens?
Natural stone is quite beautiful. People who are sensitive to chemicals may prefer it because it is natural. Granite is very durable and scratch resistant, making it low maintenance. It comes in many colors and patterns.
How do you maintain granite countertops?
You can wipe it down daily with a soft cloth and water. Acidic cleansers should be avoided. Although granite is not as soft as marble, it can be harmed when regularly exposed to acidic substances. Regularly using a cleanser specifically designed for granite countertops can help preserve its luster and extend its life, so it will keep looking like new for years. We suggest using CEK Stone Cleaner.
Do all granite countertops need to be sealed?
No, only those that are porous. Although granite is the hardest stone known to man, its porosity varies from quarry to quarry and from slab to slab. But this characteristic is easily checked by pouring a little water on it in an inconspicuous location. If it sits there for 30 minutes, the countertop does not need to be sealed. If it absorbs rapidly, the countertop should be sealed.
Is granite scratch proof?
No, it isn’t. Although granite is very hard, thus scratch resistant, it is possible to scratch it. Therefore, you should always use a cutting board when doing vegetable prep or other knife work in the kitchen. This will both protect your granite countertops and protect your knife blades. Cutting directly on granite can dull kitchen knives and shorten their lifespan.
What about stains and chips?
There are products that can remove stains from granite, so you don’t need to worry overly much about spilling fruit juice or other liquids that may stain stone. There are also repair kits that can remedy small chips. Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is wise to handle both heavy objects and things likely to cause stains with care around your countertops.