Granite countertops are durable, but they do require proper care to maintain their beauty and integrity. Here are guidelines on what to avoid to prevent damage:

Avoid Using Harsh Cleaners:

  • Acidic Cleaners: Avoid using acidic cleaners like vinegar, lemon, or ammonia-based products. These can etch the surface, leading to dull spots or stains.
  • Abrasive Cleaners: Stay away from abrasive cleaners or scrubbing pads as they can scratch the granite’s polished surface.

Prevention Against Physical Damage:

  • Avoid Dropping Heavy Objects: While granite is durable, dropping heavy items can cause cracks or chips. Be cautious with heavy kitchenware.
  • Avoid Standing on Countertops: Granite is not meant to support excessive weight. Standing or sitting on countertops can lead to cracks or fractures.

Heat Protection:

  • Use Trivets or Hot Pads: Granite can handle heat but using trivets or hot pads under hot pots and pans prevents thermal shock and potential damage to the sealant.
Regular Cleaning: Clean spills immediately to prevent staining

Maintenance Practices:

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean spills immediately to prevent staining. Use a mild dish soap and warm water for routine cleaning.
  • Avoid Prolonged Exposure to Stains: Liquids like wine, coffee, or oil should not be left sitting on the surface for long periods. Wipe them off promptly.
  • Periodic Sealing: Regularly sealing the granite helps protect it from stains and spills. However, do not over-seal as this can lead to hazing or discoloration.

Miscellaneous Precautions:


  • Avoid: Acidic or abrasive cleaners, dropping heavy items, standing on countertops, direct exposure to heat, prolonged exposure to stains, using it as a cutting board, leaving metal objects on the surface.
  • Preventive Measures: Use mild cleaners, protect from heat, immediate spill cleanup, regular sealing, and cautious handling of heavy items.

Following these precautions and maintenance practices will help preserve the beauty and durability of your granite countertops for years to come.