About Marble Countertops

✔ Elegant    ✔ Natural    ✔ Unique

 

Marble countertops add history and elegance to any room. Used since ancient times, marble has long been prized for its refinement and beauty. Marble countertops will make your bathroom feel luxurious. Kitchen countertops are equally as beautiful but will take more maintenance, however; if you are willing to put in the extra work marble countertops in the kitchen are absolutely stunning.

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Care & Maintenance

Marble countertops are more porous than other stone countertops. Because of this, it is recommended to clean any spills as soon as possible, liquid or solid. Make sure to use trivets or heating pads under any hot pans or dishes. Marble is sensitive to citrus (or anything very acidic really), which will leave a small mark. It is especially important to use a good thick cutting boards so you do not scratch the marble.  The “soft” nature of marble that makes it so wonderful for sculptors, could be an annoyance to you.

In a bathroom do not leave wet items on the counter. Sorry, you will have to actually hang that wet towel up instead tossing it next to the sink. Also be careful with beauty products and other pigmented items. Like most stone countertops (excluding quartz) marble needs to be sealed. Even though it is sealed it can still stain, especially a bright white marble. Even something like little bits of a broken blush compact  mixed with a little sink water that’s left to sit overnight will get your bashful blush color stained into your countertops. Don’t be messy, and your marble should do fine.

To clean your marble you should first dust away all dirt and debris. Then wash your countertops with a hot damp washcloth, afterword quickly dry it with a soft cloth. Marble countertops will need to be occasionally resealed. How often this need to be done will depend on the specific countertop, frequency of use, and the sealer used.

Right for Me?

Where are your countertops going and how much use will they get?  If their only real purpose is to look good, marble is stunning and exudes a feeling of luxury. If they will see heavy daily use, than you will have to commit to their care and maintenance to keep them pristine.  Marble is probably best suited for exposed areas with minimal use. A luxurious walk in closet with a center island would be an awesome spot for a marble countertop. Marble is not a workhorse but a delicate beauty, if you like the look of marble but not the maintenance issues try granite or a faux marble quartz instead.

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Quartz vs Granite Countertops

Materials

Sometimes there is confusion about what exactly quartz countertops are and how they differ from granite countertops. Granite countertops are 100% natural. Quartz countertops are an engineered material made from about 95% natural quartz, because of this quartz counters come in a wide range of colors and styles not available in granite. For the last decade or so granite has been a favorite for re-modelers and home buyers, but quartz is growing in popularity.

Appearance

Quartz is created, so there are minimal inconsistencies between the samples appearance and the actual product. Some people like knowing exactly what their countertops will look like, for them quartz will be safer. Others love unique variations in the stone, which granite is great for. All slabs of granite are unique, meaning your countertops will be one of a kind. You could also get quartz that looks like granite  or marble if you so desire.

Because every slab of marble is unique, if you have to use more than one slab to cover your counters it can be difficult to visually hide the seam of where the slabs meet. Certain quartz options have more subtle seams, which may be preferable if you have a large surface area to cover. If you are covering a small area like a single sink bathroom counter, then this won’t even be an issue.

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Caesarstone Quartz

Quartz

Quartz does not need to be sealed or resealed like granite countertops do. Quartz counters are also less porous than other types of stone countertops. They tend to be more stain-resistant than granite, but you should still clean any spills as soon as possible. It is usually safe to use mild household cleaners on quartz when needed, but for daily cleaning water and a paper towel, or cloth, is ideal. Quartz countertops are less heat resistant than other stones like granite, so make sure to use trivets or heating pads under any hot pans or dishes.

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Cosmos Granite

Granite

Granite countertops will need to be sealed and occasionally resealed. How often this needs to be done will depend on the specific countertop, frequency of use, and the sealer used. For daily cleaning use water and a cloth or soft sponge. Do not use harsh kitchen or all-purpose cleaner on granite!  Tough cleaners will slowly break down your granite countertop’s seal. You may not notice any negative affects the first few times, but it will eventually dull the shine and remove the protection from your counters. This means it will be easier to stain/damage the counter and that you will need to have it resealed more often.

Granite is not as stain resistant as quartz, but it is more heat resistant. Leaving a hot pan on quartz can leave a mark on your countertops.  This is part of why granite has been a favorite in kitchens. I would imagine the heat resistance would be not as important for non-kitchen countertops, like in a bathroom. Of course if you have a curling iron or straighter in your bathroom that you are always leaving on and knocking over then heat resistant granite may be your friend.

Your Choice

Quartz     ✔Strong   ✔Stain-Resistant  ✔Low-maintenance   ✔Color Consistency

Granite   ✔Unique ✔Sanitary  ✔Heat-resistant  ✔Traditional

If you are putting  countertops in a frequently used area then I strongly recommend you first decide on the material you want based on its practical attributes. These are both strong options for areas that see a lot of use like kitchens and bathrooms. Once you have picked a material that is best for your lifestyle all there is to do is the fun part, picking a style. That likely wont be too quick a process though, in both categories there are so many looks to choose from! Come see what quartz and granite we offer at our Maple Valley, Wa showroom, or call us at 425-413-0090.

Bamboo Flooring

✔  Sustainable    ✔  Durable     ✔  Natural

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Bamboo flooring isn’t a hardwood, because bamboo isn’t actually a tree. It is actually  a large and sturdy member of the grass family. Many bamboo floors have a similar look to wood floors, but bamboo is known for its fast growth and sustainability.  At E.R.I we  only offer Teragren Moso bamboo flooring made with environmentally safe and sustainable methods.

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Teragren Xcora Strand Floating Floors

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Care and Maintenance

Basic maintenance of bamboo flooring is very similar to caring for hardwood. Like other types of flooring bamboo needs to be swept regularly. Liquid spills should also be cleaned promptly; liquid should not be allowed to sit for long periods of time. You should not wet mop or steam clean bamboo flooring, instead slightly damp mop.

To prevent scratching you can put protective covers on the legs of furniture you move across it often, like dining room chairs. You should also make sure to lift heavy items instead of dragging them across the floor. General caution should be taken to not scratch the flooring with any hard or abrasive objects.

If you want to find out more about where we get our flooring supplies visit our suppliers website teragren.com. If you live in King County Washington and would like bamboo floors in your home give Eagle River Interiors a call, or stop by our showroom for a complimentary consultation.