How are you caring for the natural stone slab in your GTA
home? Read more to learn about the proper precautions to take in order to
preserve the beauty of a natural stone slab.
When deciding on a type of natural stone slab, GTA homeowners
are often forced to compare the differences between marble and granite. It’s a
good idea to make an attempt to view the actual slab that will be placed in
your home. This can be difficult, but homeowners should still find a way to
make it out to one of the local showrooms in Toronto to get a better
understanding of the natural stone options that are available for their home.
Granite and marble have seen increased residential usage as building materials
in recent years, due in part to their natural beauty, durability, and ability
to add value to residential properties. Whether you are planning on selling
your home or looking to stay in it forever, the addition of a natural stone
surface is one that homeowners expect to last a lifetime. The natural resiliency
of granite makes it great for areas that see a lot of usage, such as kitchen
countertops. Marble is a more porous stone than granite, making it better
suited for aesthetic applications, but it is certainly formidable enough to
withstand regular home use. Granite provides added protection against stains,
etches, and heat, but what is the difference between marble and granite when it
comes to maintenance and care?
Proper Maintenance and Care
For homeowners looking to get the most out of their investment, proper
maintenance and care is an integral part of preserving the beauty and
functionality of your stone surface. Homeowners with granite countertops know
that the added resistance that the material provides does not make it
indestructible. Though it’s possible to get away with putting hot pots and pans
directly on the surface, people with granite countertops are advised to use
heat pads to ensure long-lasting beauty over time. Marble surfaces can be
burned or damaged when they come into contact with very hot objects, so it is
especially important to keep heat pads readily available. Many of the same
precautions necessary for the protection of marble surfaces can be applied to
granite surfaces as well.
No matter the type of natural stone surface, all stains
should be blotted up immediately; wiping stains can spread the mess and
increase the potential damage done to your surface. Annual resealing is a great
way to give homeowners a little bit of extra time to clean up those spills
without causing damage to your surface. Homeowners like the added utility of
being able to cut and prepare food directly on their granite countertops,
however, like marble surfaces, using a cutting board is the best way to protect
the long-term beauty of your natural stone surface. Marble surfaces are more
porous and more greatly affected by acidic solutions, foods, and juices.
Alcohols, tomatoes, lemons, and vinegars are all common household kitchen items
that can leave a mark on your marble surface.
The addition of a natural stone slab countertop or surface
can increase the value of any GTA home. Natural stone countertops and floors
add to the beauty, appeal, and functionality of any kitchen or bathroom.