Give the Impression of Being Expensive Material: If budget is not an issue, then the top choice should be a granite kitchen countertop. Granite countertops are perhaps the most popular and expensive among the choices of kitchen countertops available in the market today. The cost of granite varies considerably. It all depends on the finishing, the thickness and the edge of the granite slab. Granite material can really be very expensive, but still many homeowners love the look of granite on the kitchen. For people who can afford can even opt for a granite sink together with the granite countertops. While those with limited budget but still want granite countertop may install granite on one section, enough to give the kitchen a more stylish look. If you want a less expensive material, you can go for the laminate kitchen countertops. These are rather cheap and low-maintenance countertops that you can easily install yourself. While it does need minimum maintenance, you have to take care when using knives, hot pots and pans because any damage done on a laminate kitchen countertop is irreparable. Laminate countertops also need minimal cleaning everyday. Extra cleaning with a soft-bristled brush and soap can be done twice a week to remove accumulated dirt and oil.
Soapstone countertops are most popular of the countertops and have been used for centuries. Soapstone is highly immune to acidic or alkaline materials and hence can be used in a variety of fixtures. People have used soapstone as preferred countertops in sculptures, goblets, fireplaces and tabletops. Most natural stone countertops, as can be seen are naturally resistant to staining and scratching in varying degrees. The importance of regular sealing and polishing though cannot be undermined. Regular sealing of the natural stone countertops will ensure that the resistance properties of the natural stone countertop remain with it forever. Bottom-line, natural countertops are resistant to scratch and stain. The important questions that challenge the resistance of these countertops are - 1) How permanent is the scratch? And 2) What is the degree of the scratch? Expect to be disappointed if you have your quartz countertop subjected to heavy scratches all the time. You must seal and polish your countertops regularly to ensure they retain their resistance power against scratching and staining.
Quartz Countertops are known to be resistant to permanent stains. Use quartz countertops if you know there would be a lot of juice, wine and sugar related stains. Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral in nature making it fit for use in natural stone countertops. It is a bit expensive though and will cause a dent in your wallet! Marble countertops are the softest version of natural stone countertops. They can be stained or soiled easily. Keep your marble countertops away from any oil or juice stain! Frequent polishing and sealing of the marble countertops though can keep away any permanent staining. It must be noted that marble countertops cannot withstand permanent stains or scratches.
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