3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Counter

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Choosing new countertops requires thought to more than just the design options. It's important to also consider how you use your kitchen and any concerns you may have over the life of the counters. The following guide can help you work through this process.

1. Do you hate to clean?

If cleaning is your main concern, then you may want to avoid counters made of marble. Marble, although beautiful, can be prone to staining from water and food. It must be cleaned promptly after each use to prevent stains. If a stain does occur, special cleaning methods are needed, such as the application of a poultice, to minimize the stain. If you still prefer the look of a stone countertop, then quartz and granite are popular choices. Although both of these can also stain from certain foods, it is easier to find darker stones or patterns that are better at minimizing the appearance of any stains. Plus, these materials can also be sealed to make them more stain resistant. The sealant will require reapplication every couple of years. You must also avoid the use of any acid-containing cleansers, including vinegar and lemon juice, since these can etch even the most durable stone.

2. Do you prefer to avoid all special-care considerations?

For those who want a counter that can take abuse and then be simply wiped clean with a cloth and the cleanser of choice, laminate is the way to go. Modern laminates are durable and good-looking. The chipping, fading, and bubbling of the past is no longer a problem with high-quality laminates. Most laminate materials are resistant against stains, and they can't be damaged by a low-acid cleaner. You can even scrub them with mild abrasives without fear of damage. The main concern with a laminate countertop is heat, since, unlike stone, laminate can scorch. This can be avoided by keeping plenty of trivets on hand.

3. Do you need to balance value and longevity?

When the budget is a major concern but you still want a natural-looking and long-lasting countertop solution, wood is the way to go. Butcher block counters are both attractive and utilitarian since you can chop right on them and then clean them with a sponge and the disinfectant of your choice. If the wood becomes stained or scratched, a quick sanding is all it takes to make it look like new again. Butcher block does require oiling twice a year to maintain its waterproof finish, but this is a small trade-off when you need to consider value.

For more help, contact a countertop professional in your area, such as House Of Floors.

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