Granite Myths & Maintenance.
Granite Myths & Maintenance
The longer something is popular, the easier it is for myths to grow about it. This is particularly true for granite. As granite continues to stand the test of time as a top favorite for countertops, so too do the myths that grow about whether or not it is the best natural stone material on the market.
Myth 1. Granite is expensive. Give the continuing popularity of granite, it is actively harvested from quarries around the world. This abundant supply translates to relatively lower costs to the consumer in comparison to natural stones that are more rare/difficult to access. As granite has remained a top choice for so long, the costs per square foot have continued to go down. Additionally, granite is an investment that will continue to pay returns as it increases a home’s resale appeal and will not need to be replaced or repaired when cared for properly.
Myth 2. Granite is high maintenance. Granite is stain, scratch, heat and chemical resistant. It is among the hardest countertop materials available and is not easily damaged.
Myth 3. Granite is not safe for food preparation. Granite countertops are expected and intended to come into contact with food, especially when installed in a kitchen application. That’s why there is testing in place to ensure that granite countertops are safe for food preparation and daily living, with certifications from GREENGUARD and the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). Further, because granite is low in porosity and typically sealed, it is easier to keep clean and is resistant to bacterial growth, which helps to make your home environment healthier for your family!
Myth 4. Heat Will Crack Granite. Granite is able to withstand exceptionally high levels of heat, allowing you to move dishes straight from your oven to the countertop without a problem. Granite is heat resistant, but excessive heat 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. An easy way to eliminate potential problems is by using a trivet with feet.
Myth 5. Dark colored granite countertops are harder than light colored granites. Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz, which is normally a somewhat translucent, white to grey colored mineral.
Granite’s popularity is due in no small part to the fact that it is fairly low-maintenance. It’s hard, resistant to scratches and dents, and heat-resistant. This doesn’t mean that that the stone requires no regular maintenance. Daily maintenance will help keep your counters looking great for longer. Clean them daily with a damp cloth and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Rinse the countertop with clean water and then dry it with a soft cloth. Many people choose to clean their countertops with vinegar, but Vinegar and other highly acidic substances can actually etch the surface of your granite, stripping it of its shine and leaving etch marks in it. Lemon juice, vinegar, and other acidic substances may be fine for cleaning your sink, but keep them well-away from any stone counters. Even though you may care for your counter on a regular basis, many people like to ensure their kitchens are as clean as possible. Although granite naturally repels bacteria, if you want to disinfect your countertops more than what soap and water can, use water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Lastly, if you would like to get a great shine and ensure the lasting potential of your granite countertop many home improvement stores such as Lowes or Home Depot sell stone cleaning products.
Features & Benefits of Granite
- Natural colors, grains, and patterns
- Highly polished gloss finish available
- Honed satin/matte finish available
- Scratch resistant
- Heat resistant
- Highly durable
- Easy to maintain