How countertop materials affect maintenance

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When considering prefab countertop materials for your bathroom remodeling project, don't...

When considering prefab countertop materials for your bathroom remodeling project, don't forget how various materials affect maintenance as well as durability.

Laminate durability

Laminate countertops are popular for their enormous variety of styles and colors. They can resemble granite and even marble, but are far more economical and simple to install. On the other hand, laminate is not particularly heat-resistant. It is also vulnerable to being scratched, chipped and stained. Matte surfaces are generally more durable than glossy surfaces, but are still vulnerable to damage. If you use a curling iron, for instance, you might want to consider an alternative to laminate. If you leave a hot iron out on the counter, it will quickly damage the surface.

Prefab granite durability

Prefab granite countertops can stain or even show scratches. However, a sealant offers an effective level of protection against such damage. Most people are unable to tell the difference between this material and real granite. As with natural granite slabs, it can support the cut-out variety of sink installations, including under-mounted and drop-in sinks. Choose this type of prefab countertop material if you want your bathroom to look more high-end.

Cleaning laminate countertops

Laminate countertops are non-porous, and therefore resistant to bacteria. As a result, you can clean them with a soft cloth, water and a mild detergent or soap. Avoid using bleach; it can discolor laminate. Likewise, do not use harsh cleaners or abrasive scouring pads, which can scratch the surface.

Cleaning prefab granite countertops

Acidic substances can damage prefab granite and even penetrate sealant, so be careful not to clean it with vinegar. Instead, wipe down the surface with a soft cloth, using only soap and water. To regularly care for your prefab granite countertop, dust it daily with a soft cloth or similarly non-abrasive device, such as a feather duster.

Dealing with challenges

If you encounter a stain or blemish you cannot take care of yourself, never hesitate to contact your installer for help. It is better to pay an expert than to risk damaging your countertop further by taking the project into your own hands. Your installer, on the other hand, will have the skills, experience and tools to perform repairs or remove stains effectively.

Prefab countertop materials are an economical solution for homeowners hoping to keep within a remodeling budget. However, in addition to choosing the right material for your lifestyle, be sure to properly care for whichever material you choose to protect your investment and keep your bathroom looking good for years to come. If you've been considering new countertops for your bathroom, contact one of Atlanta's remodeling specialists for more information and fair quotes.

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