Quest Interiors offers a variety of countertop materials to choose from for your kitchen and bathrooms. Granite countertops have become a popular choice for homeowners looking for a stylish and durable surface for their kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a natural stone that is highly resistant to scratches, heat, and other forms of wear and tear. However, even with its resilience, granite is not entirely impervious to damage. Over time strain on granite countertops can occur, which can lead to cracks, chips, and other forms of damage. Throughout Quest Interiors’ extensive experience with granite countertops, we have identified the common damages that granite countertops suffer from and are sharing helpful tips on how to prevent them.

Heavy Objects

One of the most common causes of strain on granite countertops is the placement of heavy objects. Granite is a dense and sturdy material, but excessive weight can cause it to crack or chip. Items such as pots and pans, small appliances, and even heavy decorative objects can cause strain on the surface of granite countertops. To prevent this type of damage, it is important to use cutting boards, trivets, and other protective items when placing heavy objects on the countertop.

Chemical Spills

Granite countertops are highly resistant to most chemicals, but it is still not completely impervious to all types of spills. Acidic substances like vinegar, lemon juice, and other acidic liquids can cause strain on the granite surface. To prevent damage, be sure to clean up spills as soon as possible and avoid placing containers that contain acidic substances directly on the countertop.

Temperature Changes

Another common granite countertop issue that can lead to damage of the surface is impacting the countertop with sudden changes in temperature. Extreme heat or cold can cause the granite to expand or contract, which can lead to cracks or other forms of damage. It is important to use trivets, coasters, or other protective items when placing hot or cold items on the countertops, in order to prevent any damage.

Improper Cleaning

Similar to the chemical spills mentioned above, using abrasive or acidic cleaners on granite countertops can cause imperfections on the surface of the stone. To prevent this type of damage, it is important to use a mild soap and water or a granite-specific cleaner to clean the surface of the granite countertops. Avoid using bleach, vinegar, or other acidic or abrasive cleaners on the surface of the granite.

Poor Installation

Poor installation of granite countertops can also cause strain and other forms of damage to the surface. It is important to work with an experienced and professional installer, like Quest Interiors, to ensure that the countertops are installed correctly and securely. Poor installation can lead to uneven surfaces, cracks, and other forms of damage.

Visit A Quest Interiors Showroom Today!

At Quest Interiors, we understand the importance of finding the right granite countertops for your home and keeping it in tip top shape for years to come. That's why we offer a wide range of countertop options at our showrooms in Fond Du Lac and Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Our knowledgeable and experienced team can help you find the perfect countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, and provide expert installation to ensure that your countertops remain beautiful and durable for years to come. Contact us today for your FREE estimate!