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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

Counter Protectors By Cook’s Illustrated Published March 2009 How we tested Do you really need an extra piece of equipment to protect your countertop, or will a heavy cloth suffice? Using a hot Dutch oven, large rimmed baking sheet, and 12-inch skillet, we tested eight counter protectors (some were raised trivets, others had a flat design) in materials that ranged from old-fashioned braided cloth to wood, cast iron, and silicone. Our finding: Models made with silicone perform best. They resisted skidding and kept the pan from sliding, cleaned up easily, prevented a buildup of condensation on the counter (a problem with braided cloth), and even doubled as potholders. Magnetic counter protectors were our least favorite, as they stuck to cookware too well—a tester nearly burned her hand trying to remove one that had attached itself to the edge of the pan instead of the bottom. Our favorite protector had a large silicone pad that withstood the heat of a 500-degree pot. Read More
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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

Do you really need an extra piece of equipment to protect your countertop, or will a heavy cloth suffice? Using a hot Dutch oven, large rimmed baking sheet, and 12-inch skillet, we tested eight counter protectors (some were raised trivets, others had a flat design) in materials that ranged from old-fashioned braided cloth to wood, cast iron, and silicone. Our finding: Models made with silicone perform best. They resisted skidding and kept the pan from sliding, cleaned up easily, prevented a buildup of condensation on the counter (a problem with braided cloth), and even doubled as potholders. Magnetic counter protectors were our least favorite, as they stuck to cookware too well—a tester nearly burned her hand trying to remove one that had attached itself to the edge of the pan instead of the bottom. Our favorite protector had a large silicone pad that withstood the heat of a 500-degree pot.
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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

How we tested Do you really need an extra piece of equipment to protect your countertop, or will a heavy cloth suffice? Using a hot Dutch oven, large rimmed baking sheet, and 12-inch skillet, we tested eight counter protectors (some were raised trivets, others had a flat design) in materials that ranged from old-fashioned braided cloth to wood, cast iron, and silicone. Our finding: Models made with silicone perform best. They resisted skidding and kept the pan from sliding, cleaned up easily, prevented a buildup of condensation on the counter (a problem with braided cloth), and even doubled as potholders. Magnetic counter protectors were our least favorite, as they stuck to cookware too well—a tester nearly burned her hand trying to remove one that had attached itself to the edge of the pan instead of the bottom. Our favorite protector had a large silicone pad that withstood the heat of a 500-degree pot. Read More
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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

How we tested Do you really need an extra piece of equipment to protect your countertop, or will a heavy cloth suffice? Using a hot Dutch oven, large rimmed baking sheet, and 12-inch skillet, we tested eight counter protectors (some were raised trivets, others had a flat design) in materials that ranged from old-fashioned braided cloth to wood, cast iron, and silicone. Our finding: Models made with silicone perform best. They resisted skidding and kept the pan from sliding, cleaned up easily, prevented a buildup of condensation on the counter (a problem with braided cloth), and even doubled as potholders. Magnetic counter protectors were our least favorite, as they stuck to cookware too well—a tester nearly burned her hand trying to remove one that had attached itself to the edge of the pan instead of the bottom. Our favorite protector had a large silicone pad that withstood the heat of a 500-degree pot.
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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

Frequently asked questions Don’t see your question here? Try our general FAQ page? What kind of countertops can Scotchgard™ Premium Countertop Cleaner & Protector be used on? Scotchgard™ Premium Countertop Cleaner & Protector can be used on most stone, tile, glass, laminate, and concrete countertops. It’s safe for granite, marble, quartz, glass, grout, tile, concrete, tile, and laminate. For other types of countertops, spot test a small, out-of-the-way area to make sure there’s no discoloration before using.
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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

Granite countertops are a popular choice for new kitchens and kitchen remodels. They are durable and attractive, and are available in a range of different shades to complement your kitchen’s color scheme. While it is remarkably durable, granite is still susceptible to damage of various sorts if not properly protected. Learning how to protect a granite countertop will allow you to keep it looking beautiful for years.
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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

Scotchgard™ Premium Countertop Cleaner & Protector can be used on most stone, tile, glass, laminate, and concrete countertops. It’s safe for granite, marble, quartz, glass, grout, tile, concrete, tile, and laminate. For other types of countertops, spot test a small, out-of-the-way area to make sure there’s no discoloration before using.
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Kitchen Countertop Protectors

Made entirely of scratch-resistant, break-resistant, tempered glass, this cutting board resists stains and odors. The rubber feet keep it from slipping on the countertop. Scratch-resistant, tempered glass cutting board resists stains and odors Glass Dishwasher safe Do not place directly in oven Can withstand heat, as a counter saver, up to 375 degrees F Measures 1/4″ thick SKU # 10166160

Avoid leaving containers directly on the granite countertop. Containers such as olive oil bottles are often hard to keep completely dry, acetone from fingernail polish remover can remove your sealant, cosmetics and beauty aids may contain chemical residues on the outside that will react with your counter over time. Leave these types of containers on a shelf or in a cabinet.
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Apply a granite sealant to your countertop if needed. Most granite does not need to be sealed. (Citation 1) To test if your granite requires a sealant you will need water, lemon, and baby oil and a sample of your stone. Lemon juice can permanently damage stone that contains calcite. Only use this test on a sample of stone you do not care about.
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