The Best Countertop Materials for a Low-Maintenance Kitchen
Your countertops are a significant part of your kitchen because they see a lot of daily activity. Choosing a durable and easy-to-maintain material for your kitchen workspace will help you perform your day-to-day tasks efficiently and without worry of damage. Here are several low-maintenance countertop materials we recommend for your kitchen remodel.
Stainless steel is one of the easiest countertop materials to maintain. It does not require sealing or refinishing, and it is among the most hygienic materials for kitchens. Countertops made from this material offer superior resistance to extreme impact, heat and cold. You also do not need to worry about stains from food and juices.
If you are looking for something that’s both attractive and low-maintenance, consider quartz for your kitchen renovation project. Quartz possesses the beauty and performance of popular natural stones, such as granite and marble, but without their weaknesses. It won’t stain and has a nonporous surface, making it easy to maintain and clean. This material is ideal for both kitchens and bathrooms due to its appeal, durability and minimal upkeep.
This recently introduced product is made from crushed glass embedded in clear resin. It is the same type of resin used to manufacture solid-surface counters. Recycled glass countertops have a smooth and nonporous surface. Recycled glass looks striking, resists staining and heat, and won’t require sealing.
Another top choice for kitchen counters is laminate. It is popular mainly because of its cost-effectiveness, durability and low maintenance. You can get laminate countertops in a rainbow of colors and patterns. It can even mimic granite and other types of natural stone.
Soapstone countertops offer excellent durability, and they are low-maintenance as well. Soapstone will not develop hot spots or stains from chemicals. This option is also appealing and available in a wide range of textures.
Corian is a great solid-surface option because of its low upkeep and appeal. You only need mild soap and water to clean this material. It withstands staining, daily wear and heat. If it develops scratches, the damage can be repaired by light sanding.
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My joy quickly evaporated when I discovered that it took a good 15 minutes of sponging, buffing, polishing and buffing again to get that black countertop to shine. And even then, the shine lasted only until someone set a glass down.
So when we found a fixer-upper and decided to remodel, I was determined to find and
In the end I rounded up several nearly maintenance-free surfaces to consider for my kitchen — including a couple I hadn’t heard of before.
Here are seven low-maintenance kitchen countertops to consider during your next
I’ll be honest: When my now-husband and I were talking about moving in together, his kitchen pretty much sealed the deal. As it had stainless steel appliances, gorgeous black granite countertop and a layout that made workflow easy, I couldn’t understand why the man hadn’t so much as boiled water since he moved in. To me that kitchen was justto be cooked in. So when the time came to prepare a meal in what was nowkitchen, I couldn’t have been more excited.My joy quickly evaporated when I discovered that it took a good 15 minutes of sponging, buffing, polishing and buffing again to get that black countertop to shine. And even then, the shine lasted only until someone set a glass down.So when we found a fixer-upper and decided to remodel, I was determined to find and install the easiest-cleaning, lowest-maintenance countertop . Granite was instantly out, not only because of my bad experience with a black granite countertop but because I didn’t want to have to reseal it annually, even though it’s a pretty easy process. And while I love the look and durability of marble, my family isn’t always diligent about wiping up stains, and I foresaw a splash of coffee or an errant squirt of lime juice marring its surface. I also considered concrete but quickly crossed it off my list due to its porousness and the risk of cracking — and once again, I didn’t want to have to seal or wax it.In the end I rounded up several nearly maintenance-free surfaces to consider for my kitchen — including a couple I hadn’t heard of before.Here are seven low-maintenance kitchen countertops to consider during your next remodel