If you do a lot of cooking, either at home or in a commercial kitchen, then you’ll really appreciate the look and feel and of a natural stone benchtop. Granite benchtops have been popular for centuries, and whilst they are often made from a single slab of granite, you can get the same result using granite tiles. If you really want style, then you can opt for either a marble or travertine tile benchtop, however, because they are a softer stone, they will require extra care.
Granite tile benchtops are tough enough to handle everything that a kitchen throws at them. Granite is water and stain resistant, and, because of its strength, hard to crack or chip. Granite tiles are also heat resistant and will withstand the heat of hot pots and pans. You’ll find it almost impossible to leave cut marks in granite tile benchtops, unlike many other softer materials that are frequently used.
One of the big benefits of natural stone benchtops is that they can be easily cleaned. Granite tiles, in particular, can be cleaned to a commercial hygiene standard using simple steam (with a steam cleaner), or through the use of commercial grade cleaning products. For most home owners, domestic detergent and warm water will suffice.
If you want to keep your natural stone tile benchtop hygienically clean, mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent with a few drops of teatree oil and a drop or two of oil of cloves – add water and mix well. This mix won’t stain or damage your tiles, the teatree oil acts as a disinfectant whilst the oil of cloves helps to remove any oils and leaves the benchtop sparkling clean. You can even add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil to add a fragrant smell to your kitchen (it works well in the bathroom and laundry as well).
Natural stone tile benchtops are easy to install, don’t weigh anywhere near as much as a natural stone slab, yet it delivers all the benefits of a slab. Talk to one of the tile experts at Éco Dépôt – we have a wide range of natural stone tiles available to help you complete any tiling project.