Soapstone, which is another stone countertop option, has better stain resistance than granite but not as many color options. Due to soapstone being a soft and extremely dense material, scratches can be repaired through sanding. Also, since soapstone is a nonporous material, stains are not absorbed. This leads to easy clean up and low maintenance. Another stone countertop option is slate. Slate is not as durable as granite, leading to the possibility of chipping and/or cracking, but it offers slightly more color options than soapstone. It is recommended that cutting should be done on a board to prevent scratching. If scratches do occur they can be buffed out. Slate is a nonporous material and does not require sealing. Since slate can lose its original luster overtime, polishing should be performed to restore the surface. Marble is another stone countertop option, and it offers a smooth surface which is ideal for working with dough and baking. It is not as durable as granite and is susceptible to staining, especially when working with acidic foods.
Natural stone countertops offer a variety of aesthetically unique design options and are available in several thicknesses, with multiple edge details. Granite, which is the most popular, is available in a variety of colors and veining patterns, is durable, and is both heat and scratch resistant. However, granite is a porous material that is susceptible to staining, especially when in contact with oil. To prevent staining, a sealant should be applied once a year.
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