What are some myths about Granite and other Stone Tops?
Granite stains easily.
Granite does not stain easily. Actually, due to its composition, granite qualifies as impervious to water and is frequently used for building façade panels and other types of exterior work. If an evaporable liquid like water is left on the surface of a granite countertop, it can absorb into the stone and leave a dark spot that will disappear as soon as the liquid evaporates. Liquids like oil can leave a stain if left to soak into unsealed stone. Stains from oils used in a kitchen are easily repairable with a poultice.
Granite polish can wear off.
The polish on your granite countertop is polished like glass. There is nothing applied to the surface to make it shiny. Being highly scratch resistant, with normal use, granite will not show wear.
High heat can damage granite.
With normal use, nothing you do in your kitchen could generate enough heat to damage your granite countertops. For safety reasons, however, it would be unwise to place a very hot item onto a cold granite countertop. If you have a glass dish, the thermal shock could cause it to shatter. It is always a good practice to use trivets for hot items.
All granites are the same.
All granites are not the same and some suppliers mistakenly mislabel stones as granite that aren’t. Being a natural product composed of a variety of minerals in different concentrations; different granites have varying density, porosity and even scratch resistance. Your stone fabricator should know these differences and communicate them to you. However, even though there are differences, most types of granite perform similarly.
Marble is not good for kitchen use.
Marble is fine for kitchen countertops so long as the customer is educated and knows what to expect. Marble is softer than granite and much easier to scratch; it reacts with acids and it stains easier. Marble, especially white marble, has become very popular in kitchens in the last couple years. Marble will patina over time and take on an “antique” type of look that many customers find desirable. We recommend honing the marble and sealing it every six months. Sealing marble will not protect it from being etched by acids, which can dull the finish and show marks.
The pores in natural stone hold bacteria.
There are bacteria everywhere. This can include laminate, quartz and solid surface tops. The best way to guard against bacteria is to clean your countertops with anti-bacterial soap and water regularly.