Black Granite Fading
Absolute Black Granite Countertops May Not Be Absolutely Black
Black Granite Countertops have become very popular over the years. Black granite countertops look really good with stainless appliances and fit right in with most kitchen cabinets. But are your Absolute Back granite countertops absolutely black? A few people have found out the hard way that their black granite countertops are actually a duller shade of black or gray granite that has been dyed, or the color has been “enhanced” with chemicals or oils like linseed oil.
The dyed finish of the countertop soon starts to fade after normal use and cleaning with cleaning agents that are normally safe for granite countertops. I spoke with Slabco Marble & Granite of Elberton, Georgia, a granite slab importer and supplier about the problem of dyed granite. Slabco told me that although the practice is not common, some Absolute Black granite slabs coming from China have be dyed. This color of granite is totally black with no other colors in the stone. Most other shades of black granite have green, gold or silver accents in the granite and can not be dyed without hiding the beautiful accent colors. Absolute Black on the other hand is not supposed to have any accent colors, so dull slabs are sometimes dyed to “enhance” the color. If a contractor tells you that they can sell you Absolute Black granite at super low prices, you should beware that it could be a lighter shade that has been died.
So what can you do to make sure you are getting what you paid for and not a dyed piece of granite for your countertops.
First is to deal with a reputable company that stands behind their products. Reputable granite countertop fabricators and granite slab suppliers do not try to pass dyed granite off as the real thing.
Second, make it a point to ask your granite fabricator or contractor if they have had any fading problems with Absolute Black granite the have sold.
Third, if you are still unsure, you can test a small area near the edge of the granite slab before fabrication for dyes. Just take a light colored cloth and a small amount of acetone and rub the surface of the granite slab. If the slab is dyed, the dye will show up on the cloth with just a little rubbing. If the cloth absorbs no dark color, you have nothing to worry about.
Forth, just use a black color with a little sparkle of accent color.