Low-Maintenance Countertops for Busy Kitchens
OPTIONS THAT LOOK PHENOMENAL WITH LITTLE EFFORT
From hearty yet messy family breakfasts to pizza nights on Fridays, from quick hunger fix foods to long from-scratch meal preparations, a busy kitchen needs to stand up to everything. Therefore, you need kitchen countertops resistant to ear wear and tear and have less upkeep.
Here’s giving you three top options that deliver looks and durability and are easy to clean and maintain.
Quartz. Made of ground quartz, resin, and pigment, Quartz is an engineered stone. Unlike granite, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed because of its non-porous nature. Moreover, it is stain, scratch, and heat resistant.
Quartz is available in a huge array of designs and colors. You can also opt for veined patterned Quartz if you’re into a look of granite or marble.
One thing to remember is that the edges of the Quartz counter can chip; therefore, choose the rounded edges Quartz product.
Soapstone. This ethereal and elegant-looking stone is composed mainly of talc and occurs naturally in charcoal and grey palette. Like Quartz, this stone is non-porous; therefore, it saves you the hassle of regular sealing. One striking feature of soapstone is that it is extremely heat resistant. So, if you’re the one that places hot pans directly on the countertop, then soapstone is the ultimate choice for you.
One detrimental feature of soapstone is that it’s quite soft. So, always use a cutting board while chopping. You can easily repair small scratches with a little sanding and applying mineral oil.
One thing to remember here is that soapstone tends to darken with time; therefore, choose the aesthetic according to it.
Laminate. The laminate available in today’s market is very different from that used in the kitchen of the 1960s. Today, you can choose laminate from various colors and patterns; there are designs available that look like marble or granite. Moreover, laminate is easy to install and quite inexpensive.
Laminates are usually made from plastic layers bonded to Kraft paper or particleboard. Therefore, laminates provide strong surfaces that can withstand heat and stains. However, laminate is prone to cut marks, and these aren’t repairable, so make sure you use a cutting board while using sharp objects.