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Countertops: Care & Cleaning

Countertops: Care & Cleaning

Countertops: Care & Cleaning

Countertops are the foundation of any kitchen. They serve the purpose of form and function as they create the atmosphere for the entire room but also provide the surface upon which you’ll prepare meals for your family. Choosing the right surface for your needs is pivotal, but once you’ve selected the right countertops for you, caring for them is imperative to ensure they maintain the same beauty they had on the day they were installed. Read below for our tips on caring for our favorite countertop surfaces.

Granite: The Countertop Gold Standard

Traditional Kitchen with Granite Countertops

Granite is still the most popular countertop choice among homeowners looking to add value and a high-end look to their kitchen. If properly cared for, a granite countertop will outlast your home, giving you a lifetime return on the investment you made in it.  Granite counters are impervious to water and heat, allowing them to withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without sustaining damage. Impact from heavy items, like a cast-iron skillet, may chip the stone, but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect the countertops. Wipe up all spills quickly, especially those which may stain or etch the surface, like oils, wines, acids, and soda, using a soft, microfiber cloth and soapy water. Granite also needs to have a penetrating sealer reapplied every 1-2 years as routine maintenance to keep the counters looking as good as the day they were installed.

Quartz: The Reigning Queen of Countertops

Traditional Kitchen with Quartz Countertops

Engineered quartz countertops are made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, making them the most durable option for your kitchen remodel. Nearly maintenance-free, quartz countertops are stain, scratch, heat, and impact resistant. But we recommend you always use a trivet or hot plate to protect the surface from intense exposure to heat which may cause the quartz to crack. Because engineered quartz is non-porous, it does not need to be sealed periodically and does not allow bacteria or mold to grow within its surface, making it antimicrobial. Clean with soapy water for daily maintenance. Be sure to avoid abrasive cleaners or sponges though, as these can dull the surface. Instead, use a baking soda mixture to tackle stuck on dirt.

Solid Surface: A Countertop Work Horse

Transitional Kitchen with Solid Surface Countertops

Durable, easy to clean, and non-porous, solid surface countertops have surged in popularity since their invention nearly fifty years ago. Like quartz, solid surface counters will not allow bacteria or mold to sink into the surface, which means there is no need to periodically reseal as is necessary with granite. Unlike granite, however, solid surface countertops can be scorched by hot pans, so you want to be sure to always use hot pads or trivets as a barrier for your counters. The surface can be damaged by sharp objects, so always be sure to use a cutting board rather than cutting directly on the surface of your counters. The good news here though is that while you shouldn’t cut directly on your counters, you can ask your installer to cut out a small cutting board from your solid surface countertops. Daily cleansing with soapy water is all that’s needed to maintain solid surface counters, but do be sure to avoid cleaning with acidic cleansers that may eat away at the finish.

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