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Ways You Can Damage a Beautiful Granite Countertop without Really Trying

Granite is tough stuff. In fact, it’s known for being one of the toughest natural stone choices to use for countertops—ranked at the top, right next to quartzite. Because of this, granite is a common choice for active families with busy lifestyles and people who aren’t interested in treating their countertops with kid gloves.

If you’re on the lookout for something that will hold its own against heat, cold, and force, look no further than granite. But keep one thing in mind: even though granite may be strong, it’s not indestructible. There are certain things that can cause lasting damage to your countertop, things that you might not even think twice about.

Placing raw meat directly on granite’s surface

Even though granite is a naturally porous stone, with regular resealing it becomes nonporous and therefore pretty resistant to germs and bacteria. It’s a perfectly safe space to do your cooking for every meal. But that doesn’t mean that you should make a habit of setting raw meat directly on its surface, no matter how impervious you think it may be to the substance.

Raw meat is full of fluid and residue that will seep into your countertop if it’s not properly sealed. If the meat is set there for only a few seconds, there will be no problem—the damage doesn’t happen instantaneously. But if you turn it into a habit and expect too much of your granite countertop’s durability, there could be consequences.

By setting raw meat on your granite countertop, you’ll find yourself needing to disinfect more often in order to keep those germs and bacteria at bay. The problem with this is that there are a few countertop disinfectants—common ones—that include bleach and vinegar, which are two things that can harm a granite countertop’s surface. After being exposed to these components, granite may lose some of its stunning color, and its protective sealant is in danger of wearing down.

The solution to this problem is not to stop disinfecting. Instead, make things easier on yourself and use a cutting board instead of the countertop itself. If you make this a practice, you won’t have to disinfect so much, and you can just wash the cutting board instead.

Exposing it to acidic liquids

If granite has one sworn enemy, that enemy would be acidic liquids. Everyone who drinks red wine understands the fear of spilling it, and that fear unfortunately should extend all the way to spilling it on your granite countertops. It’s not the redness of the wine that’s the problem, but actually how acidic it is.

Red wine isn’t the only acidic drink/food that’s harmful to granite countertops. Other dangerous things, such as vinegar, nail polish remover, and citrus juice of any kind, can cause damage if they come in contact with granite

Acids are so detrimental to granite because of the way that they etch the surface and degrade the seal. A degraded seal makes for a more vulnerable countertop, exposing the stone below it to more stains.

Since acidic stains are likely to interact with the surface of the countertop, make sure to clean them up quickly. Use soap, water, and a soft cloth, and get those acids up before they can cause any lasting damage. (And don’t forget to dry it when you’re done to prevent water marks!)

Protecting Your Granite

Even though granite isn’t indestructible, here at Marble Granite World, we think it comes pretty close. This material is practical, stunning, and versatile—and as long as you treat it with care and avoid these three mistakes, it should last in your home for generations to come.