Granite countertops are durable and suitable for cutting, but they can dull your knives. Here are some tips to protect your granite countertop:
Cutting Boards: Use cutting boards to protect the countertop surface and prevent scratches on the granite. Wooden or plastic cutting boards work well.
Avoid Direct Cutting: While granite is resistant to scratches and heat, frequent cutting directly on the surface might dull your knives and leave marks over time.
Cleaning Spills Promptly: Clean up acidic spills such as citrus juices, vinegar, wine, or oils as soon as possible to prevent stains. Use mild soap and warm water for cleaning.
Sealing: Granite is porous and can absorb liquids, leading to stains. Sealing the countertop can help prevent this. Reapply sealant periodically as recommended by the manufacturer or whenever water no longer beads on the surface.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Refrain from using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners as they might damage the sealant or the granite itself.
Use Trivets or Hot Pads: While granite is heat resistant, prolonged exposure to high heat can damage it. Use trivets or hot pads to place hot items on the counter.
Regular cleaning and sealing should help maintain the appearance of your granite countertop and prevent staining or damage. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or consult with a professional for specific care recommendations for your granite countertop.