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Old 07-15-2009, 09:27 PM
 
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Default Easy care countertops?

What is the easiest to care for kitchen and bathroom countertops? I've had ceramic tile - pretty, but trouble with chipping and the dreaded dirty grout. I've had granite. Okay, but a little difficult getting all the smudges out; think I have it clean and shiny - then look at it from a different angle and see smudges/smears. How is Corian? Or is there something else that is really low maintenance but nice looking? TIA
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:16 AM
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Location: Munich + FL, 32082
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I'd go with quartz counters.

Avonite Surfaces
Caesarstone Quartz Countertops | Quartz Countertops for Kitchen Counters, Bathroom Vanities
Cambria - Natural Quartz Countertops

There are more manufacturers, just google quartz counters.

The solid colors show dirt easily, which I also prefer, especially in a kitchen.
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:35 AM
 
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I have Cambria Quartz - love it. Low maintentance, cleans up in a jif! I had granite in my last home and find the quartz looks just as great.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:45 AM
 
Location: NC
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I am considering quartz . I also like the natural look of granite. Has anyone seen the Magellan quartz (I think by Hanstone?) I worry alittle if i go with quartz that some that don't know the difference may think it is a solid surface like corian. They make some colors that duplicate the look of quartz but the cost is dramatic for quartz vs corian. I have had corian, and granite. I like both for different reasons so maybe I will do quartz. Any more feedback on it?
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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Quartz. Hands down.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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Consumer reports say Quartz is the easiest to keepup.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Brevard, NC
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We did granite with a "leathered" finish. It's not shiny and has a slight texture to it. It was sealed at installation and the company said it needs no further maintenance. All we do is wipe it with a damp cloth (or a slightly soapy one if something greasy is spilled).
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