People love the look of granite countertops. They look high-end and classic. However, one of the most common reasons a homeowner would pass over granite in favor of other products is due to some of the misconceptions floating around about this natural stone. Some of these inaccuracies and half-truths cause people to think that granite is not durable and is not the right product for them. Here are a few of the most common miscoceptions about granite countertops and the truth surrounding them.
Granite Countertops Stain Easily:
One of the most common myths that is floating around abotu granite countertops is that they stain easily. It is said that if you spill liquids, such as wine, juice, water or cola on the countertop, it will absorb the liquid and discolor your countertop. People who believe this myth are very hesitant to install granite because of this. After all, it is a kitchen and things do get spilled. However, while there is some truth to this myth, most of it is false. In its natural state, granite is porous. But granite countertops are not in a natural state. They are treated with a sealer or impregnator. This seals the granite, preventing it from absorbing liquid. This means that if a liquid is spilled, the countertop will not absorb it and it will not stain.
Granite Scratches Easily:
Another inaccuracy is that granite scratches easily. You have to be careful what cleaning products you use on the granite and how you prepare foods out of fear of scratching the stone. Again, there is a bit of truth to this, but for the most part, it is inaccurate. You do have to be careful with the cleaning products that are used. You should never use abrasive products, as they can scratch the surface. But this is true of most items in your home. You can’t use abrasive cleaners on stone tiles, porcelian tiles, sinks, bathtubs and toilets. Any of these surfaces will scratch when something abrasive is rubbed on them. However, this is where it ends. Granite is strong and durable. You can write a note on the surface or cut your food on the surface without fear of scratching or damaging it in any way.
Granite Can Burn:
The last common misconception about granite is that it isn’t great to place in a kitchen because it can burn. If it is placed near the stove, the heat can cause the granite to darken, or if a hot pan is placed on the surface, it will leave scorch marks behind. Fortunately, there is absolutely no truth to this at all. Granite is able to withstand typical kitchen heat, such as hot pans, hot, spilled liquids and the hight temperatures given off by a stove or oven. Granite will burn if there is a fire in your home, but other than extremes such as that, you have nothing to worry about.
If you have any more questions about granite or are ready to get a free estimate, contact us at Granite Stone Unlimited, Inc. today!