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What Stone Countertop Is Easiest to Maintain?

March 28, 2023

Your kitchen is one of the most heavily used rooms in the house and it often experiences extensive wear and tear, especially if you cook a lot. It’s one of the few rooms that typically requires daily cleaning to prevent a truly disgusting mess. As a result, it’s important to be selective when choosing a stone countertop surface for your kitchen remodel.

If you’re like most people, you are probably too busy to spend a great deal of time caring for your kitchen countertops to make sure they continue to look great year after year. Therefore, you may want to prioritize ease of maintenance when choosing between stone countertop options. In addition to regular maintenance, you should look into whether the stone slab you choose will require regular sealing, as this will add to the time and expense of your maintenance efforts.

The following stone countertop options provide you with the easiest maintenance.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are one of the most popular options for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest is they are extremely easy to maintain. This engineered stone surface is made up predominantly of ground stone that is held together with a binding resin. This makes quartz a highly durable countertop surface that is very easy to clean and maintain.

Because quartz countertops are nonporous, they don’t need to be sealed like many natural stone countertops do. In addition, they are much less likely to stain or harbor bacteria than natural stone countertops which are more porous. This hard surface is also scratch resistant.

Cleaning quartz countertops is very easy. You can wipe them down with a gentle cloth and warm, soapy water. While quartz countertops are heat resistant, they are still vulnerable to damage in cases of extreme heat. In these situations, the hot surface may cause the resin material in your countertop surface to melt or warp. For this reason, you should always use trivets or cooling racks when placing a hot surface on your quartz countertop. To maximize the lifespan of your countertop, you should also use cutting boards.

Overall, quartz countertops provide great value. They deliver beautiful aesthetics, are highly durable and can be easily maintained with minimal effort.

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is one of the most highly dense and nonporous natural stone countertop options. As with quartz, you don’t have to seal soapstone countertops. It is also very stain resistant, bacteria resistant and heat resistant, making it one of the most durable stone countertop options available.

cleaning stone countertops

What Stone Countertop Is Easiest to Maintain?

Soapstone is easily cleaned with soap and warm water. To maintain your surface long term, use cutting boards and be careful when setting down heavy objects.

Some natural darkening will occur overtime with soapstone countertops. This can be evened out by applying mineral oil to your countertop on occasion. It’s also easy to remove scratches by buffing the surface of the countertop. These are just about the only long term maintenance items required, making soapstone countertops very easy to maintain.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are highly durable and very easy to maintain. This natural stone countertop is resistant to heat, stains and scratches. However, it’s still best to use a cutting board to preserve your countertop surface long term.

These countertops can easily be cleaned using warm water, mild dish detergent and a cloth or sponge. However, they do require regular sealing, which is the reason why they need a little more maintenance than quartz or soapstone. But when properly sealed, granite countertops are very easy to maintain and will last a long time.

The Stone Collection Can Help You Choose the Right Stone Countertop

All of the options listed above provide an excellent option for your kitchen countertop. The right stone slab for you will depend on your specific needs and goals. At the Stone Collection, we can help you identify the best stone countertop for your home. We have the largest selection of natural and engineered stone slabs available, and our unique Get Inspired™ Experience will make the process of choosing the right countertop easy.

Our team of expert surface specialists will spend as much time as needed discussing the differences between each stone slab, ensuring you fully understand your options. After listening carefully to your specific needs and answering your questions, your stone specialist will recommend the best slab for your application.

The best way to get the process started is to visit one of our gallery-style, climate-controlled showrooms. You’ll be able to see each stone material and get a sense of how each of these options will look in your kitchen. No appointment is required. Just drop by to speak with a stone specialist. We have showrooms in Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Fort Worth and Salt Lake City.

Contact us today or visit one of our showrooms to find the ideal stone slab for your new kitchen countertop.

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