Granite continues to be the most popular natural stone for kitchen countertops, and for good reason. It’s least affected by acids or alcohol compared to other types of rock and you won’t see damage from hot utensils or sharp knives. In terms of beauty, you’ll get a one-of-a-kind countertop because no granite slab is alike.
Granite is an igneous rock characterized by a hard, coarse-grained surface. It contains several minerals, mostly quartz and feldspars, that are locked into each other, making it immensely strong and durable. Because of its durability, granite has been used in construction for centuries. When polished, granite becomes scratch-proof and stain-resistant, making it a popular choice for kitchen countertops. It’s also highly resistant to bacteria, second only to stainless steel.
How to Care for Granite Countertops
Granite can take hot utensils, sharp knives, acids, and alcohol much better than other stones like marble, limestone, and travertine. There’s a slight chance it will absorb liquids, so a sealant is recommended to fill the tiny voids between the crystals. Wine, cooking oil, or beetroot should be cleaned up immediately. Midwest Rock Tops has a 3-in-1 cleaner, polisher, and protector for easy granite maintenance.