Ever wondered of all the modern materials available for flooring what makes granite such a favorite. One very good reason for that is granite is amongst the hardest, most durable and thus longer lasting material available for floors. Different parts of house may have different materials for flooring but for kitchen granites is unsurpassed. Of course it’s matter of personal choice but decided by use, amount of foot traffic and overall looks. Here, we’ll try to understand the plus and minus features of this great looking, hard material that offers easy maintenance and what makes it the ideal choice for kitchen floors.
Granite floors and kitchen seem to be made for each other. Kitchen undoubtedly has the most abused floor in the whole of household. Over and above the foot traffic that it bears like other floors in the house, it is subjected to spills of different kinds and therefore needs more frequent cleaning. Apart from spillages, it bears the brunt of all fallen items that often slip from one’s hand while working there. Perhaps no other floor than granite can bear all that and it becomes the obvious choice for kitchen floor. Moreover, natural granite being available in many patterns and styles add to the looks of any kitchen.
Granite is amongst the hardest materials, offers utmost durability and thus suitability for kitchen floors. Another factor that favors its use in the kitchen is its inherent resilient to stains and capacity to bear acids and chemicals. It has characteristic resistance to oils, grease, fat, tea, coffee or boiling water, and cold fizzy sugary drinks and all the materials that are frequently used in the kitchen. It is equipped to facing bombardments of falling cutlery, crockery and glassware and all that it demands is quick removal of rubble so generated and it continues to look fresh and shining.
Cleaning and maintenance of granite floor doesn’t demand much. Daily sweeping and mopping with warm water would leave it clean and unharmed. Care should be taken for quick cleaning of any spillage or rubble created by broken crockery or jar. To continue to have shining floor, once a week it should be cleaned with soapstone proceeded by a mop rinsed with water.
Despite all its advantages, granite has one limitation of getting scratched by quartz. The sand that may enter your house thru shoes is a good carrier of quartz. So, heavy foot traffic that kitchen faces causes the damage when small particles of sand get deposited on its surface that develops minute scratches, which if left untreated for long make the floor acquire dull looks. Restoration of scratched dull floor is an expensive process that may even lead to changing of its original color. Therefore, it’s better to take the preventive measure of sweeping and mopping the floor everyday. This measure helps retaining the original color and shine of granite.
So, but for one disadvantage that can certainly be taken care of without much expense and labor, granite is the best option for kitchen floor due its excellent looks, durability, toughness and resistant to stains coupled with easy maintenance.