Stone Slab Countertops

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.

Learn about quartz countertops as an alternative.

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:

  • Do use coasters under glasses and placemats under any object that may scratch the surface
  • Do use mats or trivets under hot dishes to protect surface
  • Wipe up any spills immediately, as acid-based foods, sauces, red wine and toiletries may stain the surface

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