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Countertops – 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 Maintenance

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 – good 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 Maintenance

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.
With just these few measures, you will continue to enjoy "the best kitchen countertop in Toronto”

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