As tempting as it is to choose countertops based on looks alone, a material’s durability, maintenance and cost are also important factors to consider when making a selection for a kitchen remodel.
Sometimes there is a little bit of give and take. If homeowners have their hearts set on a certain look, but the material just doesn’t match with their lifestyle, odds are there’s another material that does.
Granite, which is one of the top choices in countertops, is available in a variety of shades like blacks, whites, greens, corals, beiges and no two pieces are exactly the same. Granite is available in two finishes. A polished finish results in a shiny look and often darkens the appearance of the stone, while honing is soft and matte. Costs for granite depend on many variables, including color, finish and origin of the stone.
Other natural stone materials, like marble, limestone and soapstone are softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care. All stone countertops must be sealed periodically. Engineered stone countertops come in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops, are more durable and easy to maintain. However, engineered stone won’t save any money over granite. The two materials cost roughly the same.
Granite countertops can increase the value of your home, while at the same time, it’s typically cheaper than marble. For an estimate, contact us today.
You don’t need be a genius when it comes to maintaining and cleaning granite countertops suitably. The work simply needs additional care and attention.
Simple cleaning methods:
When it comes to tough oily stains, use a mixture of baking soda and mild soap. Apply it directly on the stains, and let it sit for as long as possible. The solution may sit a whole day if needed. You can also wrap it with plastic in order to keep it moist.
However, if the stains on the granite surface are water-based, you’ll want to add another ingredient to the paste mentioned above. Make a paste of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and mild soap. Similarly, after applying the paste, keep it there for as long as possible.
Things to avoid while cleaning
If you want the granite surface in your home to be durable, avoid using harsh cleaners which are not pH neutral.
Refrain from using ammonia, bleach, vinegar, lemon, lime, citrus, scrubby sponges and steel wool. These products will ruin your beloved granite surface. In fact, these objects will also remove the protection and gloss from the surface. They will add scratches, dull the surface, and even deteriorate the sealant on the surface.