By now it’s no secret that your countertops can go a long way towards transforming your kitchen into an elegant focal point for your home. In addition to increasing the value of your home, and decreasing the average time a home spends on the market, great granite or quartz countertops can last longer and save on replacement costs in the long run.

Before we look at how to keep the countertops looking their best, it will be important to understand a little more about them.

Marble countertops are a softer stone than granite and will be more apt to scratches and nicks if not properly cared for. Composed mostly of calcium carbonate, marble reacts to prolonged exposure to acids like lemon juice or vinegar, which can cause etching. It is also more porous than some of the other countertops.

Granite countertops are 100 percent natural stones that come from stone quarries, are cut into thin slabs, polished, and surface-sealed for a unique organic look.

Quartz is known for its strength, regarded as one of the strongest materials on earth. Highly versatile, quartz countertops can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, allowing you to adapt it to any type of home decor. Among the benefits of quartz countertops are a resistance to staining, being easy to clean, and resistant to bacteria. As a result, they will not have to be sealed regularly like other surfaces.

Wipe down regularly

Countertops are naturally going to be subject to splashes, spills, and all types of cooking-related substances. One of the keys to keeping your countertops looking good for years is to make sure to wipe up spills as soon as they occur. This helps with both keeping them sanitary and ensuring they keep their composure.

Additionally, it is a good idea to wipe down your countertops at least once a day with a mild solution, such as water with a few drops of dish soap. Just go over it once with a soft dish towel or other microfiber towel, and then dry it to avoid hard water stains.

Use recommended cleaning products

The danger with some blog hacks is that they may not take into account whether you have granite, marble, quartz or a completely different type of countertop such as wood or vinyl. Since marble and granite can be porous, you will want to check with the experts such as the Kansas Granite Mart team to make sure that the solutions or products you’re using will not damage the seal or look of your countertops over the long term.

Similarly, you will want to keep your countertops from being exposed to harsh chemicals such as paint thinner, varnish, oven cleaner, or harsh degreasers. These can have significant impacts on your countertop’s color and composition over time.

Limit direct exposure to hot items

While quartz, granite, and marble countertops all offer great heat resistance compared to other surfaces, they are not completely heatproof. You will want to place a towel or potholder under hot pans pulled directly from the stove, since it can still lead to thermal shock and even cracks in the countertop. Quartz countertops can become permanently discolored, while granite can withstand a hot pot for a short while (under a minute), but prolonged exposure to scalding heat can create micro cracks out of natural fissures that widen over time.

Countertops made of granite can last significantly longer than other types of counters, and be guaranteed to have timeless appeal, however they can greatly benefit from just a little TLC. For more information on how to keep your countertops looking great forever, contact the Kansas Granite Mart team at