A Countertop Primer For The Savvy Homeowner.

The material you choose for your kitchen countertops should be something you feel comfortable maintaining. Every countertop on the market has benefits and disadvantages and some require more care than others. Make sure you choose the option that works best for you and your family and consult our countertop guide.

  • Granite. Gorgeous, natural, hard and durable. Shiny, matte, or textured finishes
    – Granite has to be sealed yearly to ensure it maintains its luster and is not penetrable.
    – Use a stone cleaner. You can purchase one from your local hardware store.
  • Quartz. Similar looking to granite, shiny.
    – Does not have to be sealed.
    – Use a stone cleaner periodically to clean your countertops.
  • Solid Surface. Acrylic based countertop with a matte finish.
    – Can scratch and scratch mark is white. Buff scratches out with a green brillo pad.
    – Use a spray cleaner and water to clean regularly.
  • Marble. Marble has been used as countertops for centuries. Shiny or matte.
    – It’s perfect for bakers because it’s so smooth and cold.
    – It can discolor and chip because it is so soft so be careful with red wine and tomato sauce.
    – Clean with a marble cleaner each night to ensure acidic elements don’t leach into the countertop.
  • Soapstone. Gorgeous and varied, soapstone is perfect in rustic or relaxed kitchens.
    – It has natural antibacterial properties which minimize germs on its surfaces.
    – It can scratch because it is soft, but it’s also easily repaired. Buff out with a green brillo pad.
  • Butcher Block. Earthy, natural, a great display of fine craftsmanship.
    – Butcher block countertops are warm and durable.
    – They can warp and absorb bacteria more easily than other options so make sure you clean well after cooking with a diluted bleach spray.

Learn more by speaking with our professional design team about the countertop option that’s best for your home and family.

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