Okay, you are thinking about a kitchen renovation. You also have an idea about how you would like the layout and the type of cabinets. But what about the countertops? Are you thinking about using Natural Stone for your Kitchen countertops?
Types of Natural Stone
There are several types of natural stone for your countertop options. Therefore, it’s a matter of your needs and desire for upkeep. Since marble is a softer natural stone, there will be some upkeep. As an example, the marble should be sealed on regular basis. But this is more for maintenance than precaution. With Marble, you must be very careful with citrus, or vinegar all contain acids that are corrosive to natural stone.
Granite is a wonderful natural stone for your kitchen countertops. There are so many color and design choices. Granite is a pretty hard surface. Therefore, granite is a great choice for most homeowners.
One of the most exquisite natural stones for your countertop is quartzite. The beauty of this stone is in the exciting natural rock formations.
The Mohs Scale
Did you know that quartzite is one of the hardest natural stones? At my recent visit to Ultra Stones in Farmingdale NY sales director, Neel Patel said ” Quartzite is significantly harder than granite. ” This natural stone is quarried from the earth. Similarly, to how granite is quarried. Also, you can see in the chart below the mineral hardness of all-natural stones.
Natural stone countertops can be honed to several different finishes. David Nakhon Architectural Representative for Ultra Stones said “There are many types of finishes (e.g. Polished, Honed/Matte, Leathered/Brushed, etc.) available to homeowners. These days, the Honed/Matte finish is one of the most popular with designers and architectures.”
Cleaning Natural Stone
In conclusion, how do you clean natural stone? Use warm water and a mild dish detergent solution. For instance, mix warm water and two to three drops of mild dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray on the countertop to clean, rinse with a clean sponge, and dry. You can also ask a stone retailer to direct you towards a stone-specific cleaner. Most importantly, avoid vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids. This will damage the surface of the stone.
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