When you invest in the sturdy stone countertops available from StoneShop, you might assume that your kitchen sides are invincible. It is, of course, true to say that materials like granite and quartz are sturdier than, say, wooden countertops. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still accidentally ruin them.
Many owners of high-end countertops make fatal mistakes which lead to severe problems and expensive repairs. Left unchecked, they could even leave you needing a complete refit. To save your bank balance and your countertops, consider the top 5 ways you could be accidentally ruining your countertops.
Stone countertops are, undeniably, stronger than any other. But the seals which provide that long-lasting strength can break down with acidity. Splashing foods like vinegar or lemon juice can cause this, as can cleaners with acidic content. Stop this damage by taking care with acidic food and turning to natural cleaners from now on. If you do have an accident, clean it up right away with water and baking soda to avoid damage.
Heat is another common offender. If you’re noticing cracks around your kitchen, you could well be guilty of this. Too often, we make the mistake of thinking stone countertops can withstand hot pots and pans. Sadly, heat can cause certain materials to crack. While the likeliness of this varies a fair amount, your safest bet is to avoid heat exposure altogether. Always put hot pans on cooling racks, rather than straight on your countertops.
Excessive weight is another cause of cracks. Placing a lot of heavy appliances in one spot can cause this in some instances. Equally, standing on countertops can cause cracking in weak spots like joins. As a rule, try to space out your most cumbersome appliances. And, whatever you do, don’t stand on your countertops!
Their waterproof capabilities are part of the appeal for stone countertop choices. But, if you notice stains or white buildup on your kitchen sides, water could be doing more damage than you think. This is especially likely if it sits on your countertops for a long time, or you have hard tap water. To avoid this from now on, make sure to wipe any wet patches with a cloth as soon as you spot them.
#5 – Chopping
While stone is strong enough to withstand sharp knives, the seals on your countertops are not. As such, chopping anything on your sides can damage or destroy waterproof sealants, which can lead to the stone itself suffering. If you notice scratch marks in your side, be sure to invest in a chopping board, and look into resealing to avoid further damage.
As you can see, it’s all too easy to ruin your kitchen countertops accidentally. Even if you don’t make any of these mistakes now, it’s vital that you take steps to avoid them just in case. All the better for keeping your kitchen looking its best for a long time to come.
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