Last night, as I was talking with a fellow NARI member at one of the monthly functions, some of those nasty granite myths came up. He was telling me about a customer of his that was leary about buying granite countertops because she had heard they harbor bacteria. I abruptly said, “No! That is not true and is just another myth.” This really makes me made when I hear things like this, and I went on to mention that he should refer his customer to a 2006 Cleanability Study done by the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management, which can be found on the MIA website.
After clearing that one up, he went on to mention some customers commenting on not being able to cut on granite, and having to worry about burning their granite. WHAT?! I cut on my granite countertops almost daily. Cutting on granite will not scratch it. It will however, dull your knives. As for burning granite, this is literally impossible. I place hot pots and pans on my granite countertops all of the time, not to mention those hot cookie sheets. As for cracking from putting a hot pot or pan on a granite countertop, the chances are slim to none. This most likely would only happen if there was uneven heating and/or cooling of the stone itself at an extreme temperature—not likely to happen in an everyday household.
Please make sure to consider the source before believing everything you hear when it comes to granite.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. The Marble Institute of America is a great resource for consumers.