10 Myths about Granite

lwu_spkprsnEvery day in our showroom we field concerns and questions about granite that frankly are complete myths.  We are not sure how they got started but to set the record straight here are the top 10 granite myths that we see pop up in conversation.

  1. Granite is absorbent. Granite qualifies as impervious to water and is actually less absorbent that some solid surface (plastic) products.
  2. Granite stains easily. Granite is resistant to stains. Generally any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up within a few minutes, will not stain. However even water can soak into av granite countertop and leave a dark coloured spot but this will evaporate in minutes. Liquids that do not
    evaporate, such as oils will cause stains if left to soak into the stone.
  3. Stains in granite are permanent. Most stains can be removed. Even oil stains can usually be removed using a poultice or paste that will draw out the oil from the stone.
  4. Granite will lose its polish over the years. While this may be true of marble, granite will shine for years just as if it was brand new. Granite is highly scratch resist and will not show wear from daily use.
  5. Granite requires a lot of maintenance. Routine cleaning with a mild soap and water is all that is generally required. Once a year, a re-application of a penetrating sealer should be performed, which only takes about l5 minutes- less time that scouring a solid surface countertop with a cleanser to remove scratches. Never use abrasive cleaners.
  6. Heat will cause granite to chip and crack. Granite is heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. Impact from a heavy object may chip granite but heat from anything short of a blow torch will not affect your countertop.
  7. Dark coloured granites are harder then light coloured granites. Granites are composed of a variety of minerals, each of which has specific performance properties. The hardest mineral commonly found in granite is quartz, which is normally a somewhat translucent, white to gray colour mineral. The larger the crystals, the weaker the stone.
  8. Granite’s tiny pores and fissures harbor bacteria. Bacteria are found everywhere. If it is on a granite top, then it can also be found on a laminate or solid surface top. Use an anti-bacterial soap to wash your countertop if you are concerned.
  9. Granite and marble are essentially the same. Besides the fact that they are both natural stones and can be polished, they are otherwise very different. Marble is generally a calcious stone, formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however, is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, which is cooled and then hardened below the earth’s surface.
  10. Granite is expensive.  Granite is usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials.  You will be amazed when you compare the price of granite to other popularly famed “luxury surfaces”.