Granite countertops are the perfect way to add value and beauty to your home. However, once you’ve installed you’re new countertops, it’s important to know how to maintain their beauty and protect them for years to come. To protect your countertop surfaces in Roswell, keep reading and learn more from the professionals at Atlantis Granite & Marble, LLC.
Compared to other countertop materials like tile and butcher’s block, granite is virtually impervious to bacteria when it’s treated properly. Other materials will absorb the juices from meat and other food, allowing bacteria to settle deep within your countertop material. Despite its resistance to bacteria, granite can still soak up some contaminants through microscopic holes in the stone. Some areas in your kitchen may be more prone to a bacterial infection like the areas around your sink or where you do most of your cooking prep. Always use a cutting board made from kitchen-safe plastic or glass. If you accidentally spill any meat juices on your countertop, wipe the area as soon as possible with a disinfecting cleaner.
Acidic foods can wreak havoc on your granite countertops if you’re not careful. Wine, citrus, soda, tomato--these are just a few foods that will eat into your granite sealer. Areas of heavy usage are especially vulnerable to staining from acidic foods and chemicals. Once the seal is worn away, your granite countertops are more likely to become stained by dark foods like red wine and pomegranates. Prevent staining and acidic damage by using cutting boards for fruits and coasters for drinks.
Granite is formed after millions of years of volcanic activity. Granite can handle a hot pot or pan occasionally. However, placing a hot pot or pan on the surface of your new granite countertops will compromise the sealant used to protect your surface from staining and bacteria. Placing a hot pot on a joint piece can also weaken the adhesive bond between two granite pieces. Always use a trivet or a potholder to protect your surface sealers from intense heat.
As previously suggested, using a cutting board for meal prep is the best way to protect your granite surface, specifically the sealant used to protect your stone countertops. By using a cutting board, you’ll preserve the look and shine of your surfaces and reduce the need for frequent sealing treatments. Cutting directly on the surface of your stone will also dull your knives as well. While granite is great for rolling pastries, always use cutting boards for preparing meats, fruits, and vegetables.
Granite, in a solid block state, is virtually indestructible. However, the cutting and shaping process that transforms solid granite into a kitchen countertop compromises its structural integrity. Granite countertops that are less than two inches thick are still vulnerable to excessive weight, especially around the veins. Veins, although beautiful, are weaker because they're comprised of various stone elements that lend to their color and beauty. To avoid cracking or chipping, don’t sit or stand on your granite countertops. Use a ladder or step stool if you need to reach a high shelf or light fixture. For more tips to help you preserve the look of your granite kitchen countertops in Roswell, contract the stone experts at Atlantis Granite & Marble, LLC.