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Pros And Cons Of Popular Bathroom Countertop Materials



Thankfully, this early form of engineered stone has largely vanished in favor of products that look and perform much better. They can also serve as a “quick fix” where you need to redecorate a bathroom quickly, such as when staging your home for sale. Traditional ceramic tiles are made of clay with a surface glaze; they are heated by fire to harden them. Porcelain is a harder and denser material that is excellent for floors and countertops.


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Tile is relatively affordable among the “premium” countertop options. This is a good hard countertop material that resists stains since it is less porous than granite or marble. This is another non-porous stone that is easier to care for than granite or marble. Although slabs can be purchased, many limestone or travertine countertops are made from tiles. Although similar to marble, granite is more likely to have flecks of varying colors in it, with less veining than is seen with marble. These countertops are made from recycled crush glass embedded in either clear acrylic or concrete.

Because they are typically custom fabricated, no two crushed glass countertops look the same. Where cracks appear (more likely with concrete), the countertops cannot be repaired. These countertops are often sold with integrated sink basins built into them. Cultured marble wasn’t marble at all (or granite, or onyx), but instead was a dreary blend of crushed limestone held together with plastic resins. Laminate countertops are lightweight, without the substantial “heft” of other materials. Laminate countertops are best for guest bathrooms or powder rooms but are not the best choice for master baths or other places where style is important. Porcelain is a type of ceramic that features finer clays fired under higher temperatures. These newer generation “faux stone” countertops have largely replaced the so-called “cultured marble” plastic countertops that once dominated the bathroom countertop market. These countertops are excellent in heavy-use bathrooms, such as those used by children. Somewhat rare for bathrooms, limestone and its close relative, travertine, are relatively porous stones that need to be carefully and repeatedly sealed when used in countertops.





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Marble is a relatively soft, porous stone that needs to be sealed every year or two. Granite is the most popular natural stone for countertops, thanks to its availability and diversity. Some installers even embed tile, stone, or bits of polished glass into the surface during fabrication.

Concrete types can be easily stained if they are not periodically sealed. They are best reserved for upper-end bathrooms where style is important. Because they are less porous than natural stone, quartz countertops are more stain-resistant.

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Stainless steel appliances are often coated in a protective film that could be damaged by scouring powder and cleansers. When cleaning any surface or item in your home with a scouring powder, spray cleaner or soft cleanser, test the product on a small, inconspicuous area first. I have some stainless steel pans with copper cores, and the copper gets discolored with use.

The copper core had a very dark brown, almost murky milky look to it. The second photo shows what it looked like before and after. I just got it from the store and installed it, this sink had no stains but has been used for about 5 years now in the kitchen.

This is not aggressive enough to cause harm to it, it being stainless. I saw something online about using it to clean off water spots off of glass shower doors. It is used mainly for cleaning the stains from our beige porcelain kitchen double sink and also for our porcelain stovetop using a 4×4″ nylon pad. Our water comes from a well on our property and all the rain we have had stirred up clay sediment that left our glass shower stall with a red haze on the walls, floor, and door. Always read your appliance manufacturer’s recommendations before cleaning. A small amount of this stuff on a damp paper towel and some elbow grease, and it came right off. You can see in the first photo that the copper was very discolored and blemished.

This doesn’t remove them entirely, but makes them look 1000% better. Me putting it on the stain for 10 minutes, basically on the top part of the sink where a soap bottle can go, did not hurt the stainless at all. With just a sponge and this cleanser all the red tint came off easily with very little scrubbing.

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Granite countertops are way too expensive to make a mistake choosing.



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This is a corrosive chemical process leaving dullish, white spots.

An unfortunate fact about the natural stone industry is that it’s unregulated, so quarries and slab dealers around the world can name their stone whatever they like. However, there is such a wide variety of granite colors and patterns (many very similar) coming from various countries that often a slab is given a name of the closest relative. Buying granite countertops by name or sample is a mistake for these reasons. Doctored black granite is a growing issue with all black granite countertops.

Stuff that absorbs into the stone below the surface creating a dark spot. I can’t explain that except to suggest that possibly something has changed in your well. It’s not likely to be a “doctoring” issue where something acidic reacts with the dye applied to the granite. But it is much more prevalent on honed black granite or doctored black granite than on any other granite color. They say it’s honed but it’s a rough surface (hence the rustic). Not sure if you mean it “stains” it somehow or you literally cannot wipe the actual toothpaste off the surface. I use water and dish washing liquid to wipe and clean daily. Absolute black granite is a very dense granite and usually does not need sealing. Sealing black granite is usually only needed when it has a honed finish, but even then often not. This “advice” gets passed around so much even some industry people think it’s true.

But many will go 5 years without sealing and some colors never need sealing. Absolute black granite is not black-black in it’s raw state. This is done when polishing a gray slab doesn’t make it black enough, and thus, not as desirable or expensive. There are also blemishes which look like they touched it with glue or something while installing. Now granite can have a random anomaly in the pattern, but this not common with black granites either. Your installer may not even know that it is a doctored granite.

It will require a stone professional to refinish the granite into a “honed” finish.



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However, note that a honed black granite can often show fingerprints and other smudges more readily than a polished finish. I applied it with my bare hands and rubbed it into the surface well, dried off the excess with a dry rag.

Yes, oiling is commonly used to darken soapstone countertops.

The drawback is that coconut oil (or any other oil) will help prevent only wate r stains. A color-enhancing sealer tends to be the more popular choice for creating the wet look simply because it is basically permanent (doesn’t need frequent re-application) and offers broader stain protection. I question the abilities of installers leaving tape marks on the product. I can settle for a polished finish if this would be the smarter choice. Stains are dark spots from a substance absorbing into the stone. Other types of spots, dull spots, white spots, water spots are often mistakenly considered a “stain”. And like family, many members will bear a resemblance, but noticeably distinct. Actually, you’ll see considerable variance among slabs of the same name in the same warehouse. You need to view and pick actual slabs regardless of name. In rare cases, black slabs contain enough calcite that they will etch like marble.

Polishing a granite countertop slab is what brings out the deep, rich color. Any liquid can darken a honed “black” (actually gray) granite countertop surface so it appears black. This is due to the dark color, but also the lack of pattern. Regarding stains in stone , 99% of the time we are talking about embedded stains.



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Oily surface stains usually from fingerprints that are easily cleaned. Absolute black is too dense to effectively apply an impregnating sealer and may just cause streaks. Polished absolute black countertops require the least maintenance . So, be sure to perform the lemon juice test on a sample chipped off the exact slab you wish to buy. I use a color enhanced sealer and then an impregnating sealer?

Now, it’s kind of strange that this seems to have just started after 8 years without any problem.

That is an issue on “polished” black granite but not on honed black granite. Well water can be acidic and constant exposure to acids may have an etching effect even on granite that doesn’t normally etch.

It can be a variety of reason as explained by the article above. It could be that you have a “mutt” stone that contains some calcite or other reactive element. There are constant water stains around the faucets (looks like it’s wet but it’s dry). It may be absorbing water around the faucet and, although, it could feel dry will still look dark until the water in the stone evaporates. I am just so confused about absolute black granite in general!

And only a handful of granite countertops need sealing every 6 months. That “sealing every 6 months” is bogus especially for black granite.

The vast majority of granite countertops will need sealing every 1-3 years depending on the quality of the sealer, etc.

When the surface is smoothed, honed, and then polished it will appear more black. However, doctoring black granite is a real issue, so it may be doctored. If so, then you’d likely have a lot of gray marks from common acids like juice, etc. If it is a variety with veins, then you would have seen them when picking out the granite.

This dye can cause problems like etching (which looks like chalky dull spots). The blemishes could be man-made damage that they tried to repair. She also doesn’t like the mirror reflection as it makes the countertop look twice as cluttered. Easy-to-apply and certainly effective to deepen the color, give a bit of the “wet look” and hide those pesky fingerprints on black granite countertops. Once cured the sealer is completely inert and non-toxic (will not react with or contaminate food or drink).

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