Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Granite countertops are considered by many to be the best of the best.

Granite countertops are considered by many to be the best of the best. Offering great durability, natural beauty that is simply hard to beat and a usability level that meets or exceeds many other options, these counter tops are favored by many for good reasons. Still, granite counter tops will take some special care to maintain their beauty.
Granite counter tops are tough, very tough. Yet, they are not indestructible. With this in mind, there are a few basic tips in regard to safe use for these counters. They include:

* Avoid dropping heavy items on them. Although granite is incredibly strong, it can be chipped and even broken, especially if a hit takes place on a fissure line. Try to use at least a little care when placing heavy objects on these counters and when lifting items over them.

* Don't stand on them. Here and again, it is simply not a good idea to stand directly on the overhangs in particular. These can break and chip if weight is too much.

* Do not cut directly on them. This is especially so if the granite has been treated with a sealer. While the cutting won't likely damage the granite itself, it can scratch the sealant and level behind a bit of streaking.

* Avoid placing hot pots on them. While it is almost impossible to burn or melt granite counter tops, the sealer can be damaged when this is done. It is almost always recommended that hot pots and pans be placed on a trivet or hotplate instead.

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