Countertop Damage: From The Kitchen To The Office | Blog Post #23
Countertops are one of the most heavily used surfaces in any home or office. Between light work like writing and heavy duties like cooking, damage is only a matter of time and severity. In our previous posts, we’ve covered topics such as the strengths and shortcomings of various materials, as well as where they’re best used.
Today’s post is a closer examination of what kind of damage countertops face and what materials are your best options for each type of workspace.
Whether a small workspace at home or a professional office at work, office desks all face a similar set of hazards.
Stains: Nothing too major here but for the occasional ink smudge or spilled drink (looking at you, coffee). If you’re less conscientious about using coasters or having designated spots for beverages, you’ll have to note this hazard more than others.
Physical Damage: Sliding stationary across the table or working with scissors, penknives or letter openers are among the most common ways to get scratches. Unless Karen in Human Resources makes you mad enough to stab your table, we don’t foresee a serious threat of deep gouges – just everyday wear and tear.
Chemical Damage: Unless you use serious chemicals like paint stripper or solvents to do crafts, your only concern should be the variety of cleansers you can employ to keep your office desk clean.
Metallic Epoxy/Epoxy Coating: Unsurprisingly, this is our top recommendation. Besides being impervious to stains and incredibly chemical-resistant, an epoxy-coated desk is indisputably the most physically durable material for your desk. The material beneath it hardly matters as well, since the epoxy coating will bear all that damage.
Hardwood: It is a classic material with a distinctive look that some people are not willing to compromise on. With the right topcoat and regular maintenance, a hardwood desk can easily manage the light usage of an office.
However, you don’t have to settle for a conventional coating. A clear epoxy coating for your expensive mahogany desk allows you both the aesthetic of a natural material as well as the hardiness of a synthetic one, making your desk last far beyond its years.
Living Space Hazards
From compact coffee tables to stately dining tables, here are some of the notable hazards they face.
Stains: Between wine, coffee, and gravies, you can be certain that your family or your guests will be spilling plenty over the years. You can mop up the worst of it, but a thorough cleaning may not be possible while the dinner is in full swing, after which some materials may have stained permanently.
Physical Damage: Dining involves some sharp points such as knives and forks, while coffee tables take all manner of things like keys and letter openers. A medium volume of scratches and chips can be expected over the years.
Chemical Damage: Diners make messes and coffee tables must be presentable. This necessitates regular cleaning that occasionally requires strong chemical cleansers.
Living Space Recommendations
Metallic Epoxy/Epoxy Coating: An epoxy coating is good here for much the same reason it’s good in your workspace. It’s also rugged enough to take the occasional dropped knife or carelessly tossed keys.
Any Conventional Material: Quite honestly, most conventional materials stand up comparably well, and only get better with an epoxy coating. However, one material you should be cautious about using is marble. While beautiful and exotic, marble does not have your back when things get wet and messy – we discuss it in greater detail here.
The kitchen is where most materials are sorely tested, with its numerous serious hazards.
Stains: Stains abound! Blood, beetroot juice, and turmeric powder – if your countertop is porous and not stain-proof, the kitchen will see that you are severely judged and found wanting. By far your highest priority in protection.
Physical Damage: Kitchen wear is often heavy, clunky, and sometimes sharp. Cast iron skillets and meat cleavers have the clout and pointy bits necessary to ruin more fragile countertops. Another priority.
Chemical Damage: Between congealed grease and dead animal/plant matter, heavy-duty cleansers and vigorous scrubbing are unavoidable. Kitchen countertops must stand up to such thorough cleaning.
Metallic Epoxy/Epoxy Coating: While we’re not trying to beat you over the head with it, an epoxy coating is truly your best option. The rough life of a chef at home is perfectly borne by the ruggedness of the material. Additionally, going for a full metallic epoxy coating gives you nigh unlimited flexibility in matching your countertop to your ideal kitchen theme.
Vinyl: Since nothing lasts quite as long as epoxy in the kitchen, vinyl is a viable alternative. It’s waterproof, chemical resistant (but for rubber), non-porous, and physically sturdy. While not as strong as epoxy, its strength lies in its replaceability. However, these costs add up over time and discarded vinyl contributes to environmental pollution.
When the focus of choosing a material is shifted onto the hazards it must face, a decision often becomes clearer and easier. In all the above categories, from light use to heavy duties, epoxy is uncontested in longevity and durability. The only matter at this point is often one of aesthetics – some are understandably reluctant to part with the grains and character of wood or the swirls of marble.
What metallic epoxy offers, in addition to ultimate protection, is the flexibility and potential for a design of your choosing. To find out more about metallic epoxy or to see and feel the material in person, feel free to drop our experts a message for a zero-obligations, free consultation and a visit to our showroom.
We look forward to seeing you here next week!