– The Case for Stone
There's no question that stone makes the best kitchen countertops
in Toronto. Whether it's granite, quartz, or marble, stone conveys a style and
elegance that no other material can match. Stone has a strongly positive effect
on the value of your home. You are building a kitchen for yourself that will
last, but there will come a day when you want to sell your home. When that time
comes, your stone countertop will still be there – increasing the value of your
home. After all, the kitchen is arguably a home's chief selling point – and a
stone countertop is an instant focal point for it.
In addition to its permanence and beauty,
stone is incredible tough and functional.
Calculated over time, it is not exorbitant cost-wise. When installed in
tiles, it is also flexible as to the space it must fit. The cost – especially
when tiles or remnants are used – is not out of line with other countertop
surfaces, given the length of time stone lasts.
It is important, when buying the stone for
your kitchen countertop
that you pick a dealer who will both sell you the stone and look after its
installation. Find one who is willing to talk to you about the qualities of the
stone you are buying. Research on the internet is a great way to start, but a
good dealer will be a "quarry” of information about stone and should be eager
to share it with a customer. That will include all the details necessary about
the cleaning of your countertop.
Granite's surface is slightly porous, which
means that untreated spills can permeate the surface and mar the countertop's
appearance. Prior to its installation, your granite countertop will have been
sealed by the dealer, but it still requires periodic re-sealing over the years.
Granite is tough but is vulnerable to
damage by citric acids, oils, and abrasives. The cure is simple
old-fashioned mild dish or hand soap. Avoid detergents and chemical-based
cleaners. Use a clean microfiber cloth and warm water to wash away any
residue. A simple paste of flour, baking
soda, and household dish soap is sufficient to clear any stains.
Marble also requires maintenance in order
to keep it from clouding or becoming damaged. A clean rag, water, and a natural
cleanser (again, a mild dish soap is sufficient) are all you need. There are
also stone soaps available. Periodic rinsing is useful to avoid soap scum
accumulation and surface should be dried after cleansing. With both granite and
marble it is wise to wipe up spills as soon as they occur. Marble is much less
permeable than granite, but it can stain.
Marble can also be harmed by the placement
of hot items directly on it – use coasters or trivets. This applies also to
drinks with citrus or alcohol content.
Marble is vulnerable to chipping or knife etching, so it's always wise
to use a cutting board when preparing food.
Always avoid ammonia based cleaners as they
will dull the sheen and surface of the stone.
just these few measures, you will continue to enjoy "the best kitchen
countertop in Toronto”