Will granite countertops stain?
Granite is a crystalline rock that is formed from the cooling magma found beneath the earth's surface. It is made of feldspar and quartz that have formed together after being subjected to high pressure. Granite is virtually scratch and cut-resistant, very strong, and can withstand extreme temperatures.
Granite is a solid natural element that normally does not stain easily. However, with extensive and long-term use, the granite used in countertops can eventually succumb to surface staining caused by fresh meat blood or artificial food coloring.
To avoid granite countertop stains, follow these simple tips.
- Seal your granite countertop. Make sure you have your granite countertop sealed in very well at least twice a year. Most granite countertop manufacturers include sealing in their services, and they usually sell granite countertops that have already been presealed. It is important to seal granite because if not, its pores can open and absorb stains faster even if it has been used for a short time only. Ask your granite countertop manufacturer about the granite sealing products for home and maintenance use that they sell.
- Clean your granite countertop well. Always clean your granite countertop after each use especially if you place or cut food like fresh meat and fish on it. The easiest way to clean your granite countertop is to use a neutral cleaner or wipe it down with a mild soap and water solution. Never use a strong detergent or cleanser, or an abrasive sponge or scrub because it can scratch it. You can use a soft cleaning sponge dipped in the mild soap and water solution to gently scrub your granite countertop. Rinse it with water, and dry well using a clean, soft cloth.
- Avoid using acidic materials. Avoid preparing food using acidic liquids or materials on your granite countertop. Acidic liquids like lemon juice, vinegar, or strong wine can leave unwanted color stains on your granite countertop especially if it is white or light colored. If you have to use acids during food preparation, wipe down your granite countertop quickly with mild soap and water.
- Avoid placing fresh meat on your granite countertop. Fresh meat can leave blood stains or even give off an unpleasant odor that can stick to your granite countertop. This can happen even if it has been properly sealed. To protect your granite countertop, place a protective material under the meat like tin foil, plastic, or parchment paper. These materials help absorb some of the water and blood that seep out of the meat. Just remember to always clean your granite countertop after each use.
- Avoid spilling oil on your granite countertop. Oil is the one liquid that can stain granite countertops the most. Any type of cooking oil can seep between the microscopic granite pores and stain it from the inside out. However, this can be prevented by having your granite countertop sealed at least twice a year.