Thursday, September 8, 2011
Living with Slate Countertops
Anyways, here is what you see in the glare from the windows (this is my son's favorite play surface):
Scratches (from pots, pans, and trucks), weirdo imprints, water marks, water rings, gouges.
Polishing the counters with vegetable oil helps - a little. You are supposed to use a tiny dab, which is how I started. Then I became impatient and accidentally, on purpose, poured a big glop and rubbed it in with paper towels; you need to use pressure. CORRECTION!!! YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO USE VEG OIL, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO USE MAZOLA (Corn oil)...RUB IT IN WITH FINGERS, AND BUFF WITH OLD T-SHIRT (I called the slate supplier to confirm, since my husband insisted I used the wrong cooking oil...and, well, he was right, I was wrong - poo)
Side by side before and after:
What type of counter tops do you have? Are you happy with them? Are you dreaming of natural stone or would the imperfections drive you crazy?
ps. for daily cleaning, we use Palmolive and water - no harsh cleansers. The cleaning lady used bathroom cleaner on the counters last week (we were trying out a cleaning lady recommended by a friend...she didn't make the cut, I purposely have NO HARSH CHEMICALS on my main floor, but she was wily)...so the counters are a mess of wipe marks. These 'stains' from chemical cleaners are harder to mask than the scratches. It makes me a little sad, but eventually the marks will fade.
pps. I am pretty sure we can have it professionally polished/restored/buffed if we ever decide to sell the house.