As often as people use and abuse their countertops, most people actually know very little about their maintenance, care, and options for upgrading. The experts at Atlantis Granite & Marble LLC have seen it all when it comes to countertop installation, maintenance, and questions, and they have learned a lot about what it takes to get the most out of your countertops.

First, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. A little care now will prevent the need for bigger replacements and repairs down the road. General cleaning and maintenance should not be overlooked. With that cleaning and maintenance, however, avoid using harsh chemicals on stone countertops. It will do more harm than good, and they are naturally anti-bacterial anyway, so you don’t need to bleach them to death. For granite, having it sealed annually is well worth the time and investment. Granite is durable and can withstand heat, scratching, water, and staining, but only if it is properly sealed. For marble, it is wise to learn to love marble countertops with a little character. Minor etching over time is normal and it’s simply part of your kitchen’s story.

When the times comes to replace your countertops, try to go in with an open mind. While it’s smart to trust your initial instincts, sometimes you’ll end up loving something you might not have originally considered. Keep in mind that small countertop samples never look quite like the full-sized slab, so try to get a look at a bigger piece.

People never regret upgrading their countertops to something practical and timeless. Unlike trendy kitchen accessories that quickly rise and fall in popularity, stone countertops will never go out of style. Along those same lines, choosing a material that can withstand any amount of cooking, children, and daily use is a smart, long-term investment. If you decide that granite or marble countertops fit the bill, reach out to Atlantis Granite & Marble today to get the ball rolling on your new dream kitchen.