Whether you have granite, quartz, ceramic tile, or laminate countertops, it’s important to perform routine countertop maintenance so you can keep your space beautiful and scratch-free for years to come. But do you know how to properly take care of your countertops? We’ve outlined the best types of low-maintenance countertops for easy cleaning and repairs, as well as some countertop maintenance tips below. Continue reading to learn more or call us for countertop replacement and installation in DE, PA, NJ, or MD.
If you’re considering countertop installation or replacement, choose low-maintenance materials for countertops that are easy to clean and scratch-resistant. Some materials to think about include:
- Granite countertops. Granite is known for being incredibly hard and scratch-resistant.
- Corian® countertops. Corian® can be easily repaired or sanded to remove any damage. It’s also resistant to staining and inhibits the growth of mold and bacteria.
- Quartz countertops. Quartz requires little recurring maintenance and is nonporous.
Depending on your countertop maintenance requirements, you may also want to consider wood, which can be easily stained but can also be cleaned and sanded effortlessly. At the same time, you may want to avoid laminate countertops, which can be difficult to repair, and soapstone countertops, which require regular maintenance.
Countertop Maintenance Tips
Here are some basic countertop maintenance tips that can help you extend the life of your countertops:
- Don’t cut or chop directly on the surface of your countertops. Instead, use a cutting board to prepare your food.
- Clean spills immediately. This can help avoid permanent staining.
- Use a heat protector pad. Avoid placing hot pots directly on your countertops.
However, countertop maintenance differs depending on the material. For granite countertops, for instance, it’s recommended that you re-apply surface sealers at least once a year. For Corian® countertops, routine cleaning can actually increase the gloss level. Sealing systems are also important for ceramic tile and other materials. Regardless of the types of countertops you have, the manufacturer typically has general recommendations that will help you take care of your countertops and keep them looking new longer.