Honed granite countertops is a natural stone formed from a variety of minerals such as field spars and quartz. It is a very popular construction, tile and kitchen table material, as it is more durable that marble, but still has a rich and varied look. But if a homeowner is considering using granite countertops in her home, she should know that granite should be carefully cleaned to avoid bacterial problems and may fade or stain unless it is maintained. Granite is durable, especially against heat, but it is still a rock and can easily absorb fluids. Most liquids can be withdrawn from the granite without causing any permanent damage.
But any acidic substance interacts with granite and permanently stain it. Acids as harmless as orange juice can cause problems that require homeowners to show extra care, even if finished granite. Honed granite countertops can sometimes fade, especially of low quality dark granite. These granites are sometimes colored or stained to create an even darker appearance that allows granite to be sold at a higher price as darker granite tends to be more resistant to stains. However, this will stain granite eventually fade when subjected to moisture and light leaving some parts brighter than others. Granite countertops can also deliver radon. Radon is a radioactive gas found in minerals, soil and water.
The possibility of granite countertops significantly raising the level of radon in a house is very low compared to the dangers of nearby land but it is a concern and homeowners can test their counters if they feel it is necessary. Honed granite countertops can be hard to clean. Homeowners must avoid any products that have acids in them and can not use any abrasive materials that can damage the surface of granite. It limits cleaning options and may require homeowners to switch to completely different cleaning techniques for their counters than they use in the rest of the house.