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Wood / Butcher Block
Wood / Butcher Block
Wood / Butcher Block 1 Do: Clean with mild soap and warm water. 2 Don't: Use acidic or abrasive cleaners. 3 Sealant: Apply oil once a year. 4 Beware of: Its tendency to sustain permanent dings. 5 Average Price: $1,800 -$4,000 6 Design Complements: Traditional, Country, Rustic, Historic, Early American, Old-World Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.
Concrete
Concrete
Concrete: 1 Do: Clean with mild soap and warm water. 2 Don't: Use abrasive cleaners, bleach or ammonia. 3 Sealant: Yes, and apply paste wax every few months for preservation. 4 Beware of: Cracks, if not installed or sealed properly. 5 Average Price: $5,000 -$8,000 6 Design Complements: Modern, Transitional, Contemporary Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.
Granite
Granite
Granite: 1 Do: Clean with mild soap and warm water. 2 Don't: Use acidic or abrasive cleaners. 3 Sealant: Reseal every 1 to 3 years, depending on use. 4 Beware of: Its tendency to stain if not properly sealed. 5 Average Price: $3,000 -$12,000 6 Design Complements: Transitional, Traditional, Contemporary, Casual Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.
Marble
Marble
Marble: 1 Do: Clean with mild soap and warm water; buff with a dry towel. 2 Don't: Use acidic or abrasive cleaners. 3 Sealant: Reseal periodically. 4 Beware of: Its tendency to scratch easily. 5 Average Price: $3,000 -$8,000 6 Design Complements: Traditional, Contemporary, Transitional, Old-World, Victorian Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.
Porcelain Tile
Porcelain Tile
Porcelain Tile: 1 Do: Clean with mild soap and water or a solution of vinegar and water. 2 Don't: Use abrasive cleaners. 3 Sealant: Tile is non-porous, but the grout should be sealed every 3 to 10 years, depending on use. 4 Beware of: The tile's tendency to chip or crack, stains on the grout lines. 5 Average Price: $800 -$2,000 6 Design Complements: Tuscan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Bungalow, Country, Old-World, Historic Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.
Quartz
Quartz
Quartz: 1 Do: Clean with mild soap and water. Avoid long-term exposure to sunlight. 2 Don't: Use acidic or abrasive cleaners. 3 Sealant: Done 4 Beware of: Its tendency to chip around the corners and edges. 5 Average Price: $3,000 -$5,000 6 Design Complements: Traditional, Contemporary, Casual, Transitional Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.com.
Slate
Slate
1 Do: Clean with mild soap and water or pre-moistened wipes. 2 Don't: Use acidic or abrasive cleaners. 3 Sealant: Periodically if porous. Non-porous slate does not require sealer. 4 Beware of: Limited color options. 5 Average Price: $2,000 -$5,000 6 Design Complements: Historic, Country, Early American, Contemporary
Soapstone
Soapstone
1 Do: Rub with mineral oil weekly to balance color and hide scratches. 2 Don't: Worry about harsh chemicals damaging this surface; using household cleaners is fine. 3 Sealant: None 4 Beware of: Its grainy surface, which can be harsh on dishes and glassware. 5 Average Price: $1,800 -$3,000
Laminate
Laminate
1 Do: Clean with mild soap and water. 2 Don't: Use abrasive or acidic cleaners or place hot items directly on its surface. 3 Sealant: None 4 Beware of: Visible seams. 5 Average Price: $600 -$1,800 5 Design Complements: Traditional, Casual, Contemporary (by Emily Green; photos courtesy of Thinkstock.com)