Granite is a popular countertop choice in homes in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, and it’s easy to understand why. Granite is beautiful, sturdy, and available in a wide variety of colors that can accommodate virtually any taste and decor preferences. If you currently have granite countertops in your home, or if you’re planning to install granite countertops as part of a remodel, you should be taking steps to protect your investment. In today’s post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about a specific form of granite damage, etching.

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Unlike marble countertops which are usually rich in calcium carbonate, granite is composed of silicate substances, usually feldspar or quartz. It’s perfectly fine if you don’t know the difference between carbonates and silicates — they’re both negatively affected by acidic and alkaline substances. Examples of these substances include:

  • Coffee 
  • Wine
  • Citrus juice
  • Tomatoes
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar

Your granite should be sealed regularly in order to prevent these substances from damaging your granite, but accidents happen. If any of these substances come into contact with your granite for an extended period of time, you’ll probably find that they create dull, discolored spots on your countertop. These dull spots are etch marks, and while they can be distressing to discover, they can be removed by a granite restoration professional.

How Can I Prevent Granite Etching?

  • The main step you can take to prevent etching from occurring is to ensure that acidic substances never come into contact with your granite for an extended period of time.
  • Use a cutting board whenever you’re cooking, and invest in placemats and coasters if you eat at a kitchen countertop bar.
  • Always use granite-approved cleaners, but if you choose to go with an ordinary cleaner, warm water and dishwashing detergent and a microfiber cloth is a safe choice.
  • If you spill anything on your countertops, immediately clean the spill using a soft microfiber cloth. While regular dish towels are unlikely to damage your countertops, they can wear down the polish and shine.
  • Regularly seal your granite in order to provide your countertops with an extra layer of protection against spills and scratches.

We hope that this post has helped you to understand granite etching and how you can take steps to prevent it from occurring in your home. Keep an eye out for future blog posts in which we’ll provide you with even more granite restoration tips and information that can help you protect the granite in your home.

If the granite in your home is etched, or if it needs to be sealed and polished by a professional, then get in touch with a member of Concrete & Marble Transformerz today to request a free estimate! We’ve provided hundreds of Los Angeles residents with high-quality granite restoration, and we would love to help you take steps to protect your investment. We look forward to speaking with you soon!