Which Countertop is Easiest to Maintain?
April 18, 2018
Nobody wants to purchase a countertop that they have to spend hours maintaining each week.
- 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?
Learn which countertop is the easiest to maintain with this general outline. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know before a major remodel.
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
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 the need for 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.
When it comes to laminate, you want to avoid damages because it can be almost impossible to repair when it is sustained and the weakness in the countertop tends to spread.
4th position: Wood
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.
Keep in mind that they will need to be refinished every few years. One of the main issues homeowners face with wooden countertops is that they are not heat-resistant. You will have to take extra care to place hot pads underneath items straight from the oven.
While wood countertops might be beautiful, they are definitely high maintenance.
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