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Can You Cut on Granite Countertops?

Published on December 23rd, 2020

Granite Countertops

Yes, but you shouldn’t. Although your knife blades won’t damage the granite itself, they can wear down the seal over time. Plus, the granite counter is hard enough to actually dull your knife. That’s why it’s always a good idea to use a cutting board even if you have a stone countertop made from Granite or quartz.

However, some people are dead set on skipping the cutting board. If this sounds like a member of your family, make sure they know that it’s a particularly bad idea to cut a few kinds of food on a granite surface.

Citrus fruits top the list of foods that you shouldn’t cut directly on a stone counter. The acidity of citrus can erode the stone and create dull spots. The sealant on your countertop provides a barrier to protect against such issues. But over time, the sealant can wear down, especially if you’re cutting directly on the stone.

Although granite is much less susceptible than marble or limestone to the effects of acid, it’s not invincible. So make sure to wipe your counters clean after food prep, even if you use a cutting board.

Raw meat is the other food item that you never want to cut directly on your granite countertop. The bacteria in the meat can find its way into tiny holes in the sealant. The same is true for wood cutting boards. That’s why it’s always best to use plastic cutting boards when working with raw meat. When you’re done, throw the board into the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.

So can you cut on granite countertops? Yes, but you should still use a cutting board. Granite’s durability makes it one of the most popular countertop materials. It’s the perfect place to set down hot pots and pans. But using a cutting board atop the granite will help to protect the sealant as well as your knife.

If you’re looking for granite countertops in Naperville, IL or the surrounding areas, you’ve come to the right place. Best Buy Carpets and Granite is your one stop shop for design and installation. Give us a call or reach out online so we can help you find the counters you’ve always wanted.

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