Those who love to cook want to concentrate on one thing while they get down to business in the kitchen—the food they’re making. You don’t want to have the quality of your countertop lingering at the back of your mind, and you don’t want to be constantly worrying about how the ingredients you’re using might harm it.
Most likely, you’ll gravitate toward a countertop material that is low maintenance and easy to take care of. Luckily, at Bellezza Artisan Stone Surfaces, we have just what you’re looking for.
Man-Made vs. Natural
While man-made countertops like laminate or stainless steel are the easiest countertops to maintain in the short term, they don’t have the same lasting power as their natural stone competitors. If you factor in the cost of countertop replacement vs. the amount you pay up front, cheaper options like laminate may not be in your best interest.
But don’t worry—at Bellezza Artisan Stone Surfaces, we have partially man-made and natural stone options, and both of these come with an ease of maintenance.
The Easiest Countertops to Clean
While all of the materials in our showroom make beautiful options for countertops, some are easier to care for than others. But no matter the aesthetic you have in mind, we’re sure to have something that fits your vision and your desired maintenance level too.
To follow are two countertops we stock that are the easiest to clean out of our entire collection:
Engineered quartz countertops, while technically a man-made material, have natural quartz in their composition. Their particles are held together by resin binders, which makes quartz flexible and unlikely to crack.
Quartz is capable of mimicking the look of natural stone, but it comes with a fraction of the maintenance. If you’re in the kitchen often and you want the upscale look without the lengthy cleaning process, quartz can make that happen.
This type of countertop comes in an array of patterns and variations, making it one of the most versatile choices that we’ve got. When it comes to cleaning, all you have to do is wipe it down with a soft cloth, soap, and water.
Quartz countertops are scratch resistant, and because they’re nonporous, they never need to be sealed. Just beware that, while they can handle a certain degree of heat, they are not heat-proof. Extremely hot objects, when set right on quartz’s surface, can melt or warp it.
To clean quartz, remember to
- wipe up spills as soon as you can;
- use warm water, mild dish detergent, and a soft cloth or sponge in the event of spills or stains;
- use a mild degreasing product for grease residue;
- rinse the surface thoroughly with water to remove any residue left by cleaners;
- use coasters, cutting boards, trivets, and cooling racks.
Even though it’s a natural stone that requires sealant, granite is easier to clean than you might think. It’s a very durable option, and it requires very little maintenance in order to keep up its toughness.
Much like quartz, granite comes in a wide variety of colors and designs, all crafted underneath the earth’s surface. It is highly scratch resistant and stain resistant as well, and the cleaning routine is simple and quick. All you need is a soft cloth or a sponge, warm water, and mild dish detergent or natural stone cleaner.
Granite is a top choice for those who love to cook because it gives off a classy and sophisticated vibe while requiring only a small amount of maintenance.
The cleaning routine for granite is straightforward. It involves
- buying a granite cleaner that is approved for stone surfaces;
- cleaning up spills in a timely manner;
- using hot pads, trivets, and cutting boards.
Cooking in Your Kitchen
At Bellezza Artisan Stone Surfaces, we know how important kitchens are for people who love to cook. For more advice on what countertop type is best for you, get in touch with us today.