Sandstone Countertops: Are They A Good Idea?
Why Choose Sandstone Countertops:
Sandstone for your countertops is one of the most beautiful and unique kinds of natural stone available to homeowners today. But is this an ideal stone for kitchen countertops? This guide to sandstone and its pros and cons can help you answer any questions you might have before purchasing sandstone countertops for your home.
Sandstone: a Unique Look:
Sandstone countertops have a very beautiful and unique look to complement your kitchen. Sandstone is often confused with soapstone, but these two stones are not the same in makeup or in looks. Soapstone counters are made from quarried stone, and it is composite of different materials, but it is the presence of talc that gives this stone its unique and powdery look and feel. Like the natural stones granite and marble, sandstone is cut from solid rock. Sandstone can be polished or unpolished, both with its own style benefits. Whereas unpolished sandstone looks very natural and has a more earthy appeal, polished sandstone looks more like granite and has an elegant shine. Sandstone comes in beautiful natural colors. These colors come in deep, soft and natural hues of color and pattern.
Caring for Sandstone Countertops:
Sandstone comes with some unique instructions for care. Sandstone countertops, as mentioned above, contains talc and other composite materials. This makes the stone rather soft and porous. This means liquids can be absorbed into this stone which can cause staining and damage. Sandstone countertops need to be properly sealed before being used in your kitchen. This natural stone, like marble and granite, is also sensitive to oily and acidic substances. Any spills of juice, wine, or oils should be wiped up in the least amount of time possible. Use mild kitchen cleaning products on your sandstone counters only, and dry the countertops off after each use or contact with water. This will help maintain the natural beauty of this stone.
After the sandstone countertop has been initially sealed, it has to be resealed every new years. Set a sealing schedule with your contractor so the sealing process can be properly kept up with. Most do-it-yourself sealers promise a 3-7 year seal, but many professionals will suggest sealing your countertops every 2-3 years. The maintenance of your countertops depends on the level of care you give to your kitchen throughout the normal course of wear and tear, and how “high traffic” your kitchen is. Always ask a TSD Center Design specialist to advise you, so that together we can help your sandstone countertops last for years to come.
Sandstone Countertops Conclusion:
Sandstone is a uniquely beautiful stone that can be a great centerpiece for your kitchen. If you do not mind giving this special material the TLC it needs and deserves, then this material is right for you and your kitchen. Call us today for a quote or to schedule a free no-obligation home visit.
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