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Granite Countertops

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Why choose granite as a kitchen countertop?

Firstly we must look into the history, technical components, and application of this natural stone. Granite was formed nearly 300 million years ago making it the oldest igneous rock in history. When magma cools deep in the earth's crust you get granite, which contains other minerals and rocks such as quartz, feldspar (group of aluminosilicate minerals), and mica (group of silicate minerals).

However, granite countertops as used widely today, are mainly composed of quartz. The molten magma that cools slowly over time, gives granite a crystalline structure and a unique pattern of colors and veining. Granite has been used throughout history as a building material, countertops, bar tops, outdoor building facades, and floor tiles. Since granite is a natural stone, some colors may be so scarce that dealers of these stones try to hold onto their inventory.

Today, granite is still a popular choice for homeowners looking to add a touch of luxury to their homes. It is commonly used as a countertop material in kitchens and bathrooms due to its durability, resistance to scratches and heat, and ease of maintenance. Granite countertops come in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it easy to find one that complements the existing décor of a home.

In addition to countertops, granite is also used as a flooring material, wall cladding, and as a decorative element in fireplaces, columns, and other architectural features. It is also commonly used for outdoor landscaping and as a building material for monuments and memorials. Granite's long history as a building material is a testament to its durability and versatility, and it remains a popular choice for homeowners and builders alike today.

However, like any other material, granite requires proper maintenance to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips on how to maintain your granite countertops in the kitchen:

  1. Clean up spills promptly: Granite is a porous material, which means it can stain easily if left unattended. Wipe up spills as soon as possible with a soft cloth or paper towel.

  2. Use a pH-neutral cleaner: Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners on granite, as they can damage the surface. Instead, use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for granite surfaces.

  3. Avoid cutting directly on the surface: Although granite is resistant to scratches, it's best to avoid cutting directly on the surface. Use a cutting board to protect the granite from scratches and nicks.

  4. Use trivets and hot pads: Granite is heat resistant, but it's still best to use trivets or hot pads to protect the surface from heat damage caused by hot pots, pans, or baking dishes.

  5. Seal the surface regularly: Granite is a natural stone that requires periodic sealing to protect it from staining and etching. How often you need to seal your granite depends on the type of granite and how often it's used. As a general rule, it's recommended to seal granite every 1-2 years.

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