For countertops, granite is a fantastic material with stunning beauty and impressive durability. However, that does not mean that the material is bullet-proof!

If you’re in the process of remodeling with granite, there are some things you should know that could help create the longest lifespan. Here are eight things you want to avoid once your granite is in place.

  1. Dropping things – When you drop heavy items on this surface, it can scratch, chip, or mar the surface. Be sure to store heavy cookware in lower cabinets to avoid this problem area.
  2. Raw meat prep – Meat prep doesn’t harm your granite surface, but microscopic fissures in the granite can harbor harmful bacteria. To avoid cross-contamination, always use a cutting board for raw meats.
  3. Body weight – Sitting or standing on these surfaces can also cause damage, so we advise against both. The added weight can create cracks and fractures in the surface of your countertops.
  4. Acidic substances – Strong acidic compounds have the ability to stain and etch your surface. Avoid items like vinegar, citrus, nail polish, and soft drinks, to name a few.
  5. Bathing children – If you have an undermount sink, avoid using it to bathe infants and children. The sink might loosen, allowing leaks and dampness, which can lead to mold, mildew, and bacteria growth.
  6. Waiting to clean spills – If you spill something on your new granite surface, be sure to clean it up right away or as soon as possible. Leaving certain substances can damage faster than others, but why take a chance?
  7. Hot pans – Granite is very durable and can handle certain heat levels. However, use a thermal barrier between your surface and any hot pans you serve for the best results.
  8. Direct contact with knives – Using your granite as a cutting board can eventually dull the surface with tiny scratches. But it can also dull your knives, making them more dangerous and susceptible to accidents, so always use a cutting board.

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