Atlanta homeowners are busy. Between jobs, raising families, and routine home maintenance, there’s precious little time left over for recreation. The goal for most homeowners is to have a comfortable, attractive home with a minimum of fuss. Low maintenance is the buzzword today for homeowners. If you’re considering how you can create areas in your home that don’t require a huge amount of attention, start in the kitchen with new countertops. Soapstone is an ideal countertop material for a low-maintenance kitchen. Read on to learn about the top reasons why homeowners love soapstone as a custom countertops option in Atlanta.
Soapstone is Stain Resistant
The kitchen countertops are where everything happens in the kitchen. Children spill juice on counters. Cooks drip oil, wine, and sometimes fruits and vegetables with juices that stain. You want your countertops to be made from stain resistant material if possible. Soapstone is non-porous. The advantage to you is that it’s less likely to stain when things are spilled on it. Clean-up with mild soap and water is all that’s needed to make whatever you spill on it disappear.
What do lemons have to do with soapstone’s amazing qualities? Lemons and certain household and kitchen cleaning solutions are acidic. The durability of soapstone isn't affected when acidic liquids are spilled on it or when acidic cleaning solutions are sprayed on it. This means you don’t need to worry about buying special cleaners for soapstone countertops. You can use one of the popular citrus-based household cleaners, like Comet or Ajax. Any questions you have about cleaning can be answered when you talk with your representative about countertops installation cost in Atlanta. You can’t get much easier than that!
No Waxing Required
Many homeowners like to treat their soapstone with a regular application of mineral oil or wax designed specifically for soapstone. These treatments help the material retain its original color. If you decide not to apply oil or wax, you certainly won’t ruin your countertops. Not treating means any area that you use frequently may darken. Some homeowners don’t care for the patina that develops over time. If you appreciate a rustic look, let your soapstone age gracefully. You’ll end up with a beautiful patina. The important take-away here is that unlike other stone surfaces, soapstone doesn't require waxing.
Great for Bakers
Bakers love soapstone for a variety of reasons. If you’re looking for a countertop that won’t be damaged if you set a hot pan or baking sheet on it, soapstone is for you. If you bake items that require dough to be rolled out, soapstone has a velvety soft surface perfect for rolling and shaping dough. Using soapstone countertops for baking may mean you choose to use a small amount of oil on a regular basis to prevent oil stains. Bakers and other home chefs love these countertops because they resist bacteria. You can cook to heart’s content and not worry that you are not killing food bacteria if you don’t wash with bleach.
Make sure to visit Atlantis Granite & Marble, LLC to see all your options for soapstone countertops. Call today and discuss when your new countertops can be installed.