From quartz and tile to concrete and linoleum, the different countertop materials available can be overwhelming. Even though each offers a few pros and cons, choosing the right one can be still a challenge. Because it is a popular option, many homeowners and builders install granite without really understanding the construction and benefits of this natural countertop material. By debunking a few common myths, you will understand if granite is the right option for your countertops.
Granite Not Safe for Food Prep
Granite is a natural stone, meaning it can be porous. If you prepare foods or place foods on your granite countertops, you may think bacteria and other germs will seep into the pores of your granite, making the surface dirty and unsafe for further food prep.
In most cases, granite countertops are sealed, so there is no possibility of bacteria seeping deep into the granite surface. In addition, simply wiping the granite down periodically with a solution of water and soap is sufficient for removing dirt, debris, and food while killing most bacteria and germs.
In reality, granite is safe for preparing foods, so you do not need to worry.
Granite Stains Permanently
Another common myth many people believe is that your granite counters will stain easily and these stains will be permanent or difficult to remove. Fortunately, sealed granite is one of the most durable and the easiest materials to clean, making them less likely to stain.
Oil is a common problem for granite countertops, though. If oil spills on your granite, you may find the mark difficult to remove. The key is to wipe oil up as soon as possible using a damp rag. Then, clean the granite surface with a paste-like solution that will absorb any remaining cooking oil.
Granite is Too Expensive
Finally, most people feel granite is too expensive for their countertops. Although more expensive than some materials, such as linoleum or tile, granite can be a worthwhile investment for your home.
On average, you can expect granite to increase your home's value by an estimated 25 percent. Of course, this attractive countertop material, which is available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles, will also add enormous appeal to your home.
Consider granite for your entire kitchen countertop layout or add to the bathrooms of your home. Either way, granite countertops are not too expensive if you want countertops that are durable, attractive, and valuable.Share
22 January 2019
My sweet spouse and I are building a new master bedroom onto our small home. I’m so excited about this fun, renovation project. I’ve already started shopping for beautiful furniture to fill this bedroom with. Are you currently searching for the perfect pieces of furniture to put in a new bedroom? If your bedroom contains a large closet, you might not need to buy a dresser. Instead, you may want to invest in a large bed complete with a decorative headboard and a footboard. You may also wish to look for a gorgeous chaise lounge to relax in while you read books at nighttime. On this blog, I hope you will discover valuable tips to help you buy pieces of furniture you’ll cherish for many years to come. Enjoy!