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All You Should Know About Granite Counter-tops

Did you know millions of people travel a long distance just to go and see a rock? These locations have made a lot of money just because people are interested in this particular gravel. You are probably wondering why will people spend a lot of money just to see a piece of slab? Well, it is not just any rock, it’s granite. Two of the world’s popular tourist destinations utilised this stone in their construction, that is, the Great Pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in England.

Granite countertops

Granite is regarded as the oldest rock and it has been valued for millennia for its beauty and durability. its natural properties and the wide range of colours make it a stylish choice for today’s countertops. This indigenous rock delivers gorgeous aesthetics in kitchens and bathrooms and its unique nature in both appearance and structure continues to make it a top choice for discerning homeowners.

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The first time I saw a kitchen with granite countertops I knew whenever we had the opportunity to renovate the kitchen in my house it is definitely going to have this stone in it. But Granite slab countertops are far too expensive a purchase to jump into without some knowledge of the material.

Let’s consider some facts about granite countertops

1. Forms

Forms

Granite countertops are in two forms; granite tile and granite slab and you can decide to choose any. The slab is the common and popular choice. Granite slab countertops are one of the most expensive available. Now there is an affordable alternative which is the granite tile.

2. Durability

Durability

If you are looking for a countertop that requires less maintenance and is durable than granite countertops is definitely for you. They are not only beautiful and high end, it is resistant to acids and its hardness. You think that is all, did you know you’ll ruin your knife blade instead of your countertop if you choose to hack up a carrot on its surface? It won’t scratch or demonstrate any wear and tear and unless you take a sledgehammer to it.

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3. A lot of variations

variations

If you think black and grey are the only colours you can get if you chose granite, then you are mistaken. Granite is made up of many different types of crystals, the colour of granite varies quite a bit depending on the crystal that makes up the majority of a given piece of stone.

3. It is slightly radio active

You shouldn’t believe everything people say about Granite. Truth is, it is slightly radioactive but not as scary as the rumours paint it. Granite is a very safe material to have in your home and a safe material on which to prepare food.

4. Granite is breakable

Granite is extremely strong but doesn’t get tricked into thinking it’s unbreakable. If used regularly, a granite countertop will likely earn one or two very small chips in its lifetime. Strong blows, say from heavy metal pans, can cause it to chip. Yet, a well-maintained countertop may last 50 years without a single scratch.

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Granite Maintenance

Granite maintenance

The major problem with Granite countertops is when the countertops are not sealed correctly or the sealant wears off without the counters being resealed. Despite its beauty,  Granite is porous. This means that unsealed or poorly sealed counters can absorb wine, juice or oil, producing a stain that might be impossible to remove. A poorly-sealed countertop can also harbour bacteria in its pores. A good professional installer will be able to seal it correctly so that it maintains its attractive good looks indefinitely and tell you how often you need to reseal it.

How to Clean: Wipe the surface with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

How to Remove Stains: Make a paste of baking soda and water and gently scrub the spot with the paste and a soft brush. Then rinse thoroughly. Several applications may be necessary to lift the stain.

Don’t:

-Only use warm water acidic cleaning products. Anything vinegar-based can damage granite. -Don’t use an abrasive cleanser or scrub pads because they may scratch the surface.

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