Contemplating updating your kitchen or bathroom countertops? Just as a coat of paint can dramatically change the mood of a room, a countertop swap can also achieve the same effect. Albeit slightly pricier than a gallon or two. While in the midst of a bathroom renovation I came across a vanity topped in a beautifully patterned marble. There was a slight defect in the backsplash, so I purchased it for a discounted price. Score! Installation went smoothly but after some use I noticed that it was not looking its gorgeous glossy self. What I was faced with was unsightly water stains. I tried numerous natural stone friendly cleaners but none of them got the countertop looking as great as when I had seen it in the store. I was fighting a losing battle – especially given the fact that we were dealing with well water. Well water that was mediocre at the best of times. I know many of you readers are struggling with the same realities. In this article we’ll explore the pros & cons of multiple surfaces.
Marble - Pros: It is timeless & a natural beauty Cons: It is very porous and will stain & etch if not resealed on a regular basis. It’s also pretty pricey.
Quartz – Pros: Although it is a man-made product it can still give you the look of natural stone. It is stain, scratch, heat, acid & impact resistant. It doesn’t need sealing. Cons: Well, if there is just one it would be that it’s not the real deal.
Soapstone – Pros: Given its non-porous properties it is easy to disguise small surfaces scratches with mineral oil. Cons: It is susceptible to scratches/nicks & its typically found in grey tones.
Butcher Block – Pros: Provides a great work space for chopping and baking, it also adds warmth & character. Cons: It does require proper sealing & is prone to scratches and dents.
Concrete – Pros: It is stain, heat and water resistant when sealed properly. It is very customizable with thickness, edges, colour & texture. Cons: It will patina over time & does require resealing.
Granite – Pros: It is available in a wide range of colours & variations. Spills wipe up quickly. Cons: Absorbs everything if not properly sealed on a regular basis.
Limestone – Pros: Available in a wide variety of options. Cons: High maintenance, spills need to be cleaned up quickly & etching is fairly common.
Lessons learned? Honestly, save your marble purchases for a kick butt rolling pin. Quartz for the win!
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