In recent years natural stone products have become a popular choice for countertops. Bay Kitchen Gallery Ltd. offers a variety of natural stone countertops in an array of colours, with shading, texture and veining variances unique to each slab. These characteristics add to the natural beauty of the product. As the material is natural, it may have pitting or fissures. A new natural stone countertop is a real investment that will provide you with many years of lasting beauty with proper care.
About Natural Stone
Natural stones, including granite, marble, slate, travertine and limestone are purchased from countries around the world, such as Portugal, Spain, Africa, Brazil, India, and Italy.
Stone slabs vary in size. When you are selecting your slab it is important to know which width you are looking for, and keep in mind seams will likely be visible. 2 cm slabs are the most widely available. Natural stone is resistant to cuts, but can still be damaged by abrasive materials or stained. Certain stones are also more porous than others. Stone counters are sealed with silicone before installation to protect against staining and etching and may need to be re-sealed every 3 to 5 years depending on the stone.
Care and Maintenance of Natural Stone
Clean your stone countertop regularly with mild soap and warm water. General purpose cleansers should not be used as they can damage your stone or strip away the sealer. These include products containing lemon, vinegar, or any other acid- or ammonia- based cleaners. Do not use abrasive cleansers or pads as they can scratch the surface or strip the sealer. Products specially formulated for use on natural stone are available and recommended.
Follow these tips to help extend the life and beauty of your stone countertop:
Used commercially for many years Quartz is a newer residential countertop option, which provides an alternative to the very popular natural granite surface. Available in a variety of colours (some resembling the look of granite), quartz is known for its superior strength and durability, and does not require sealing or specialty cleansers. It is extremely resistant to scratches, chips, cracks and dulling, and is a non-porous, stain-resistant material, with tighter seams. Quartz does not have fissures, pitting or quality issues that may arise in some natural stones.
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Care and Maintenance of Quartz
Wash countertop with warm water and a PH neutral, non-abrasive cleanser. Rinse with clear water. Do not apply any sealers or topical treatments. Quartz surfaces may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from cooking units, so always use a pad or trivet before setting hot objects on the countertop.
We also offer other solid surface countertop options.
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