Is granite safe to use in a kitchen?
In a word, yes. There has been some misinformation circulated by competing industries attempting to raise concerns about issues such as bacteria and radon. We would be pleased to share the research that shows that these concerns are unfounded. Plus granite actually ranks second to stainless steel in a study measuring the bacteria resistance capacity of six common countertop materials!
Learn more of the facts from these links:
- The Truth About Granite & Radon Radiation from the Marble & Granite Institute (PDF download).
- Granite vs. radon article from Natural-Stone.com
The video below was produced by the Marble and Granite Institute and provides some facts and research on the topic of radon.
Can I cut on my granite countertop?
Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite is harder than your knife blades and will dull them very quickly, if you use the granite countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a cutting board.
Can my granite top be damaged?
Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. Unsealed, granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances; however, we recommend the use of trivets and hot pads.
Are stone surfaces difficult to maintain?
Granite, marble and other natural stone products are porous materials and therefore require sealing. Every Stonecrafters top is sealed upon installation. For residential use, it is recommended that the surface be sealed annually using sealant designed for use with natural stone. The sealant is available from Stonecrafters — we carry a full line of care and maintenance products at our Lakemoor showroom. The process is similar to waxing your car. More on stain removal.