Can You Put Hot Pans on Granite? The Do’s and Don’ts.

Granite countertops are a popular choice for homeowners here at Maranatha Stone and Floors. They offer a timeless and elegant look in kitchens and bathrooms with great appeal. However, with the popularity of granite comes frequent questions about its durability and care. One of the most common questions we see, is if hot pans can be placed on granite surfaces.

Can You Put Hot Pans on Granite?

The quick answer is yes, you can put hot pans on a granite surface. Granite is a very durable natural stone that can withstand high temperatures. However, this does not mean that you can treat your granite carelessly. To ensure longevity, it is important to follow some essential practices when it comes to caring for your granite.

What You Should Do:

Use a Trivet: While granite can withstand heat, it is wise to use a trivet or other protective barrier between the hot pan and the granite surface. This will prevent any potential damage, more so if the granite is sealed with a resin.

Clean Spills Immediately: If you spill any liquids while cooking, it’s essential to clean them up immediately. Granite can be porous, and acidic liquids like vinegar or lemon juice can cause discoloration and even etching often seen in unsealed granite.

Reseal Your Granite: It’s recommended that you reseal your granite every few years for added protection. Resealing is essential to maintain the surface’s natural shine, prevent potential stains, and provide more durability against liquid penetration. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a Maranatha expert regarding your countertop’s needs!

What You Should NOT Do:

Avoid Placing Extremely Hot Items Directly on Your Granite: While granite is known for being heat-resistant, it is not indestructible. Avoid placing extremely hot pans, such as those straight from the oven or stovetop, directly on the granite surface. The sudden change in temperature can cause uneven thermal expansion. These items can cause cracks or blemishes, a trivet can be used instead as earlier mentioned.

Keep Away from Abrasive Cleaners: Harsh cleaning products and solvents can damage your granite. Avoid using scouring pads, steel wool, or abrasive cleaners when cleaning your granite, as they can etch and wear away the surface over time.

Bottom Line:

Granite countertops are known for their durability and aesthetic appeal. And yes, hot pans can be placed on the granite surface. However, it’s important to follow recommended care tips to avoid potential damage that can be a result of reckless handling. Using trivets, cleaning spills immediately, and avoiding abrasive cleaners are essential to ensure the longevity of your granite countertops. By practicing proper care techniques, homeowners can continue to enjoy the beauty and durability of their granite surfaces for years to come.

Written by James Sammartino