Heat – Granite countertops are very resistant to heat, so burn marks should not bother except in extreme cases. However, if you do leave a continuously hot pot on the surface of your countertop for a long time, burn marks may appear, these can be removed with the use of hydrogen peroxide.
Impact resistance – Granite is extremely hard material that can withstand serious damage. In order for it to chip or break, you will have to damage it with extremely heavy object, used with brute force, which is highly unlikely to happen in a typical kitchen environment.
Scratch resistance – Granite will blunt most kitchen knives, and is extremely difficult to scratch. In matter of fact, granite is the best possible choice if you want to avoid scratches on your countertop. If you somehow manage to scratch your countertop, scratches can be removed by sanding.
Sealant – Granite is hard, heavy and durable, but also porous. With the yearly use of quality sealant, you will make sure that there are no stains on the surface of your countertop. Oil stains can be removed with use of poultice made of flour or baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide may be a solution for more persistent stains. Take, note all this damage can be avoided if you use a quality sealant on a regular basis.
Durability – If taken care of properly, granite countertops will most likely outlive the houses they are installed in. Granite is a material that scores seven to nine on Mohs hardness scale, on which, for reference diamond score 10. Single granite countertop installment can last for many generations.