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Can You Put a Hot Pan on a Countertop?

by Kitchen and Bath Center / May 17, 2018

If you’ve ever gone through a kitchen remodel, you’ll understand this feeling: my kitchen is too nice to cook in now! 

Every time you see your kids cutting a sandwich on top of the counter or your spouse moving a hot pan off the stove, you are immediately filled with dread. Don’t ruin the new countertops! 

Never fear. A little knowledge can go a long way to relieving your worries and keeping your culinary investment shiny and new for years to come. Here’s a quick list of what you can and cannot do on your kitchen countertops.

Can I set a hot pan down on my countertop?

  • Granite – No. While brief encounters with a hot pan won’t hurt your granite countertop, use of a trivet on a regular basis is recommended. Having this barrier between a hot pan and your countertop will help reduce weakening of sealants, stain, and cracks.
  • Quartz – Yes, however, like granite, if you continuously put hot pans down in the same place on the counter it could cause discoloration over time. It’s preferable to use a trivet.
  • Marble – No. Marble is a softer material than both granite & quartz, and placing hot pans directly on it can change the color of your countertop, and it will be especially noticeable if you have a light or white-colored countertop.
  • Laminate – No. It can leave permanent burn marks. We’d also recommend using trivets underneath appliances that get hot like waffle irons and panini makers.

Can I chop vegetables on my countertop without a cutting board?

  • Granite – Yes, but it’s better to use a cutting board. The granite can handle the knife, but your knife blades may become dull and worn from slicing against the granite. Additionally, acidic foods like citrus fruit can damage the sealer on your countertop and eventually cause discoloration if you aren’t resealing your countertop regularly. How often should you seal your granite countertop? Read our blog here.
  • Quartz – Yes. Quartz is stronger than granite because quartz is formed from an engineered process and the resins and polymers used during manufacturing create strong bonds that aren’t easy to break. As an engineered product, it is non-porous so staining from acidic fruits and veggies also isn’t as big of a concern.
  • Marble – No. Marble is much softer compared to granite and quartz, so you should always use a cutting board. But it’s awesome for rolling dough on.
  • Laminate – No. It scratches and cuts easily, so a cutting board is a must. 

Can I stand on top of my countertop? 

  • Granite, Quartz, Marble – No. You should not sit or stand on a granite, quartz or marble countertop. These stone countertops are not flexible and do not have any type of wood backing on them, so too much weight in one place could cause cracking.
  • Laminate – No. Countertops are not a ladder. For safety sake, please stand on a ladder or step stool.
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