Did you know that you could be inadvertently causing damage to the stone countertops in your kitchen and other stone surfaces?
The countertops you put in your kitchen should last — and many types of stone are long-wearing, such as granite, marble, and quartz. Despite the durability found in these high-quality counters, damage can still occur with time if you do not take the proper precautions and are not careful. Get the highest return on your investment by avoiding these five common mistakes when using the stone counters in your home.
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5 Ways You May Be Inadvertently Hurting Your Stone Countertops
Are you making any of these countertop mistakes?
- TOO MUCH WEIGHT — It doesn’t matter how durable your counters are; they can still be susceptible to cracking under too much weight or pressure — especially in areas where they are not supported, such as overhangs. Instead of sitting on or climbing atop your countertops to reach something, use a chair or step stool. Fractures and cracks in your counters can be challenging to repair, not to mention expensive.
- ACIDIC FOOD — Sealants are there to protect your stone counters from damage, but even the best products cannot always stand up to acidic food and liquids like vinegar, wine, and citrus juices. These can reduce shine, cause discoloration, stain, and even etch your beautiful stone countertops.
- USING COUNTERS AS CUTTING BOARDS — Sometimes, convenience wins, and you end up chopping directly on your countertops. Despite being made of durable materials, chopping on your counters can create minor scratches or nicks in the sealant, making the countertops more vulnerable to damage. Additionally, your knives can become duller more quickly. It’s best to use cutting boards whenever possible.
- HOT COOKWARE — Some stones are more heat resistant than others, such as granite, handling high heat. Unfortunately, sealants and other products used to make your counter stain-resistant are not as tolerable. In fact, hot pots and pans will weaken your stone countertops. Placing hot cookware directly on the countertop can cause discoloration and shorten the lifespan of your counters.
- LEAVING MESSES AND SPILLS — Again, sealants should protect your counters from liquids and other messes from soaking into the soak. However, spills left on the surface for long periods can leave behind buildup, etches, and stains. You shouldn’t run into any issues when spills remain on the surface for a shorter period, like when you’re cooking. But, to ensure your counters look pristine and extend their lifespan, make sure to clean and dry your counters regularly, especially after spills and messes occur.
Looking for Quality Stone Countertops? Contact Intermountain Stone and Marble
Taking care of your stone countertops helps extend their lifespan! If you want to incorporate stone counters in your property, contact the professionals at Intermountain Stone & Marble professionals. We offer affordable, high-quality, and durable granite, marble, quartz, and other fine stones in the Taylorsville, Murray, and Salt Lake City areas. Contact us today for a quote and to view our extensive selection of color and style options for your stone counters.