Today I want to talk about just a few of the top questions that you all have for me and our sales employments on the phone.
Can You Cut On Granite?
One of the first questions people ask is, “Can I cut on granite, can I take out my knives and cut right on top of it and use it as an actual cutting board?” Versus grabbing your cutting board from your cabinet, putting it on a surface, having to clean it later – the wood takes so long to dry – the whole hassle of a cutting board.
I would love to use my granite as a cutting board, but the biggest problem is: the granite is too solid. It’s too dense, it’s too hard, and it actually will dull your knives. You will not damage the granite, but it will damage your knives and won’t work out for you long term. So, I would advise, don’t cut on granite – but you can if you want to.
Does Granite Scratch?
Another question that we get from a lot of customers is, “does granite scratch?” That kind of relates to that conversation about cutting on it. So, scratching is a product of the hardness scale. And you have diamonds, sapphires, and then granite may be the third hardest natural substance on the scale, which means everything below it – like steel, like porcelain tile, and so on will not scratch.
When you remove the backsplash and it accidentally hits the granite, it usually can’t scratch the granite because it’s not hard enough to scratch the granite. Granite is harder than most substances, and you’ll have a really, really hard time scratching granite. Usually, granite comes scratched a little bit, during movement or the quarrying or how they process it, it may have touched another piece of granite and scratched it a little bit, but you as a customer almost can’t scratch it at your house.
Does Granite Stain?
And another question that we get a lot is staining, right? Granite: does it stain, does it not stain, how do I protect it? Now, we’ve done the sealing process in the past, I don’t want to over-cover this. Granite is really hard to stain unless it’s very porous. Only 5-10% of all granites, the hundreds of colors, are porous. Therefore, a normal granite, mostly non-white based, with a decent amount of sealer, keeps it protected from staining.
If you have a stain, you can use some products out there to remove the stain, usually. You want to protect it, you want to be mindful of wiping spills up, but you don’t have to be afraid of your counter tops.
I don’t want to cover too much, guys, just wanted to give you guys the basics, answer the most important questions, and you can always ask me any question you want via email or in person at the meet. So, thanks again for watching, have a good day.