Granite is a tough natural stone to use for countertops. This is the reason Granite au Sommet countertops are a choice for families that have busy lifestyles. It is a perfect choice for those looking for a material that holds its own against cold, heat, and force. However, despite the strength of this material, it can still be destroyed. Some things can cause permanent damage to granite countertops. You might do any of the following things without knowing they can damage your countertops:
Putting Raw Meat Directly on the Surface
Granite is naturally porous; however, regular resealing makes it resistant to bacteria and germs. Your granite countertops are ideal places for doing your regular cooking. However, this does not mean you can set raw meat directly on the surfaces, regardless of how nonporous they are.
You must know that raw meat is filled with fluid and residue that can seep into the countertop when not sealed properly. If you just set the meat on the surface for a few seconds, there should no issue with it. However, when you do this regularly, this can compromise the durability of your countertops. Setting raw meat on the countertop directly can make it necessary to disinfect the surfaces more frequently than before to get rid of any bacteria and germs. Unfortunately, disinfectants can contain bleach and vinegar that can harm the surface of your countertops. When granite countertops are exposed to such substances, they may lose their beautiful color. Also, such exposure can wear down the sealant. To resolve this problem, you should use a cutting board to place your meat on.
Exposing Your Countertops to Acidic Liquids
Acidic liquids are granite’s sworn enemies. These liquids red wine, vinegar, citrus juice, and nail polish remover. When these liquids come in contact with your granite countertops, they could cause damage to them. Acids etch the countertop surface and degrade its seal. When the seal degrades, the countertop becomes more vulnerable, exposing the stone beneath it to more stains.
Because acidic stains may interact with your countertop’s surface, clean them quickly. You can use water, soap, and a soft cloth to get rid of those acids before they can permanently damage your countertops.
Granite is a practical, versatile, and beautiful material. As long as your granite countertops are treated with care, you can continue to have functional and appealing countertops for many years. And when you avoid making the mistakes above, your countertops can still serve even the next generations of your family.