Granite is a common type of igneous rock. Igneous rocks are formed when magma is cooled underground creating a plutonic rock. This rock is extremely durable and hard, which makes it the perfect substance for countertops. Granite is an all-natural stone product, which is mined from the earth. It is offered in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making each slab unique.
Stain Resistance – Granite should be sealed with a quality natural stone sealer that is non-toxic for food service applications. The most important thing to know is that you cannot use chemical cleaners to clean the stone. Chemical cleaners such as Windex, 409 and Simple Green will strip the sealer away, leaving your surface unprotected.
Heat Resistance – Granite is almost heat proof. The reason we say heat proof is that in some instances, extreme temperature change can cause a crack of fissure to split apart. Other than that, most cookware will not get hot enough to damage natural stone. A hot pad or trivet is always recommended to keep the natural beauty of the stone protected.
Scratches – Granite is the most scratch resistant surface you can put in your kitchen. Most daily use will not scratch the surface. Keep in mind, if using the surface as a cutting board it will dull your knives after the first use. For this reason we always suggest using a cutting board.
Impact – Although granite can withstand impact, if and when some a hard impact does occur, edges can chip.