Granite countertops are beautiful alternatives to the traditional plain counters. They are one of the most popular types of counters, and are a popular choice for kitchen remodels. Because of their popularity, misinformation about these types of counters exists. Here are the top 5 myths about granite counters:
1. Granite is scratch proof.
Granite is an excellent material for resisting scratches, but it's not completely scratch resistant. It is true that granite is the second hardest material after diamond. But, the type of granite found in counters are mixed with softer types of rock. This makes a granite countertop easier to scratch than pure granite. You should treat your granite counter with as much care as you would other types of counters. Use the right cleaning solutions, and do not cut anything on its surface.
2. Granite stains easily.
Granite is water proof. This means that it is not absorbent and will not hold liquids that will stain its surface. But, harsh chemicals and cleaners can eat the seal of the counter and cause discoloration. That is where this myth originated. As long as you do not use harsh bleach or other chemicals, your counter will keep its beauty.
3. Heat can damage the surface
Granite is highly heat resistant. You can set a pot straight on the counter and it will likely not scorch. Anything coming from an oven should be placed on a pot holder though. Temperatures as hot as those from an oven can burn the synthetic seal on the counter. While the granite itself will not scorch, the seal itself will and it will need to be reapplied.
4, The radon from granite is dangerous.
This myth has been around for decades. The fact is that many types of minerals and materials release radon gas. Concrete and cement are releasing radon around you right now. Much of these emissions from rock are not high enough to harm you, including the radon from granite countertops. According to the EPA, the radon from the soil under your home is more of a threat to your health than that found in granite.
5. Granite is high maintenance
A common care tip with granite counters is that they must be re-sealed every year. A well-made granite counter that is sufficiently sealed may not ever need to be re-sealed. A gentle cleaning with soap and water or glass cleaner is enough to keep your counters looking like new. As long as you do not scratch or scorch the seal that is already in place, you will not need annual re-sealing of your counters.
These are the top five myths about granite debunked. For more information on granite countertops, contact a company such as State Stone Corporation Inc.