Worried about wear and tear on a Granite benchtop? We bust 10 myths and general misconceptions about granite and its properties.
1. Granite is absorbent
Actually, granite is less absorbent than other products such as plastics, that are classed as solid surfaces. It is commonly used as a building material for highrise buildings because it is so resistant to heavy rain and high winds.
2. Granite gets stained easily
Granite is actually incredibly durable as long as liquids are removed within a few minutes there should be no staining. Even if water leaves a dark spot on the surface it will evaporate and return to its natural colour. Other liquids such as oils can stain if not removed, but removal is a simple process.
3. Granite loses its polish
Granite is incredibly scratch resistant and retains its shine for years and years. While Marble tends to lose its shine, granite continues to look brand new for as long as you care for it.
4. Granite needs a lot of maintenance
As long as you clean the granite with a mild soap and water, the same as you clean any other surface then the only additional action should be an annual application of a resealer. All in all, it takes a lot less time to care for a granite worktop than most other types.
5. Heat causes granite to chip and crack
Granite is very resistant to the high temperatures associated with cooking. Pots and pans can be placed on it without fear of heat damage. As for chips and cracks, dropping very heavy objects may cause a chip or a crack, just exercise the same caution you would with any other surface.
6. Dark granites are harder than light coloured granite
Granite is made of many minerals and each of these minerals has different properties, The hardest is quartz which is a translucent light grey or white colour.
7. Stains in granite are permanent
Most liquids, even those that are oil based can be removed with a paste or poultice to draw them from the stone, restoring your surface to its naturally beautiful state is as simple as that.
8. Granite harbours more bacteria
Bacteria is found everywhere, no matter what your surfaces are made of. Because of the scratch resistant properties, there are less nooks and crannies for the bacteria to hide. Normal use of an antibacterial soap should be applied to keep them at bay.
9. Granite and marble are the same
They are both natural stones and can be polished, that's where the resemblance stops. From a geographical standpoint, marble is usually calcious, formed from oceanic deposits and compressed by pressure. Granite, on the other hand, is an igneous rock, meaning molten lava that has cooled down and hardened beneath the surface of the earth.
10. Granite is expensive
You may be surprised at how competitive the price of granite can be when you compare it to other "highend" products. The return on your investment will be apparent when you get your property revalued.
Enjoying the unique beauty that granite has to offer in no time.