3 Harmful Practices to Avoid When Using Your Kitchen Countertops

Neglecting Maintenance

 

While stone countertops are definitely durable (they’ve lasted millions of years to get where they are, after all), they’re far from indestructible. Indeed, when installed in a kitchen, there’s a lot that can contribute to the premature wearing-down of the countertop material.

 

Of course, the durability of the stone depends on the stone in question. Engineered quartz is a recent innovation made from natural stone particles and polymer resin. The material is thought to be a lot more malleable compared to its natural counterparts, and it tends to respond to wear better. Granite is the strongest of the natural materials, and it can take most kitchen impacts as long as the owner keeps an eye on it. Marble and onyx are among the most delicate stones, strong relative to other materials but vulnerable to kitchen disasters that aren’t promptly taken care of.

 

Although the strength of these stones vary, what they all have in common is that they need regular, hands-on maintenance. For instance, if a wine glass with a ring of red wine at the bottom is left over a countertop overnight, it will likely penetrate through even the non-porousness of quartz, leaving a stain that will either be difficult or impossible to remove. If the same wine stain, or even a coffee stain is left to linger on marble overnight, it might indeed be part of the stone forever after.

 

By following a maintenance schedule – in this case, wiping the countertops every day with water and life soap, and ensuring that all harmful liquids are cleared immediately – homeowners will ensure that their stone remains warm and inviting for decades to come.

 

Don’t Sit or Stand on Unsupported Sections

 

Whether it’s a standard marble table or custom granite countertops in Sioux Falls, it’s important for homeowners to determine which sections are supported and which aren’t, so they know where they can sit or stand on if ever they feel inclined to. Despite the strength of stone, unsupported sections will likely give way if met with the full weight of a human being.

 

Don’t Put Pressure in Front of Sink/Cooktop Holes

 

The small rectangle of stone in front and in back of sink/cooktop holes is incredibly fragile compared to the rest of the countertops. Even if it’s supported by cabinet wood underneath, the stress on that section is such that even the weight of a person leaning on it can cause it to snap, especially if it’s made out of marble or the stone is cut to 3/4″ thickness. In any case, it’s best to lean oneself anywhere except for these fragile sections.