Which Countertop is Easiest to Maintain?
May 13, 2021
No one wants to buy a countertop that takes hours to maintain each week.
Here is a basic rundown of the easiest countertop to maintain. We’ll cover everything you need to know prior to a large redesign.
- The kitchen is one of the messiest rooms in the home, which means that you are already going to be doing a lot of cleaning.
- Consider how much maintenance each type of countertop will require before you move forward with a major kitchen remodel.
- Do you know how often a surface needs to be sealed or how quickly it will absorb stains?
1st position: Quartz
Quartz is one of the most appealing and most popular choices for a new kitchen counter because of its durability.
Unlike granite, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed on a regular basis in order to prevent staining. The nonporous surface makes it an ideal choice for food preparation and maintenance.
You can clean these countertops with some warm and soapy water when necessary. For the most part, a microfiber cloth, some water and a bit of dish soap are all you need.
Quartz is an incredible material and easy to clean. The beauty of natural stone with the durability of a manufactured one.
For heavier stains, glass or surface cleaners will do the trick since quartz is non-porous and you don’t have to be as finicky with the pH as you would with granite.
That said, avoid very high or low pH substances for cleaning. While quartz is resistant to the elements, it’s not immune to turpentine.
2nd position: Solid Surface
Corian Solid Surface countertops are a wonderful in-between for laminate and stone countertops.
They are made from minerals and acrylic or polyester resin, giving them a nonporous surface that is easy to keep clean. They are heat resistant, seamless, and extremely durable without regular maintenance or upkeep.
3rd position: Laminate
Laminate is easily one of the most obvious choices for a durable countertop in addition to being an affordable option. The surface doesn’t require you to seal it or to avoid spills that could lead to staining. Be sure to dry it quite thoroughly, as water underneath laminate can cause the material to lift and curl, especially if accumulates in the seams.
A high-quality laminate can definitely mimic the look of a stone countertop, but it won’t be a true comparison when it comes to beauty.
It is crucial to avoid damage to laminate countertops, as they are difficult to repair once damaged and the countertop’s weakness tends to spread.
4th position: Wood
Caribou Wood countertops bring the warmth and beauty of nature right into your kitchen.
These can be very durable counters when they are properly taken care of. A professional company can help you to apply the right sealer to keep stains and spills at bay.
Remember that wooden countertops need to be refurbished every few years. The primary problem homeowners have with wood countertops is that they are not heat-resistant. You must be careful to put hot pads under hot meals directly from the oven to avoid burning yourself.
While wood countertops might be beautiful, they are definitely high maintenance.
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