Using Travertine in Your Kitchen Design
Travertine is not typically the first stone of choice for kitchen designs. It can be easily scratched and can be sensitive to acidic substances which cause etching or staining. This makes it extremely important to apply a high-end, protective sealant to prevent these from occurring. We recommend not cutting on this surface due to its ability to scratch and dull your knives.
Regardless, depending on the use for your countertops, travertine should be considered in your kitchen design. This stone has many pros, including:
- Tolerance of hot and cold temperatures
- Natural earthy color tones
It is not penetrated by typical kitchen messes from food and water (unless acidic) when properly sealed. Travertine is also suitable for backsplashes and even outdoor kitchens. Properly cleaning and resealing your travertine will increase its longevity and performance in the kitchen.
Using Limestone in Your Kitchen Design
Limestone performs similarly to travertine in kitchen designs, but is slightly more resilient. Like travertine, it is reactive to acidic liquids and susceptible to scratches. Limestone is however, not easily chipped and also tolerant of temperature fluctuations. Even though it is mostly heat resistant, it can be scratched from your typical pots and pans, so we recommend not setting these directly on this surface.
Limestone can be used for kitchen countertops or backsplashes, but will require some upkeep and resealing. Limestone, as well as travertine, are better suited for low traffic areas such as bathroom countertops or fireplace surrounds.
Using Soapstone in Your Kitchen Design
Soapstone is the hulk of all stones. It is heat resistant and is the only natural stone that is non porous. It is an impenetrable surface that does not react to acidic substances or harsh chemicals such as wine, spaghetti sauce, acidic fruit, and oils. Soapstone can be used nearly anywhere, whether for countertops, backsplashes or outdoor applications.
It’s important to be aware that even though your soapstone is resistant to scratches, they can still arise in your soapstone countertops, especially when using knives or sharp tools. However, if scratches occur, they can practically be removed by being sanded off – another pro of soapstone. Since soapstone is non porous, it is a hygienic stone surface that fights against bacteria and offers favorable traits for your kitchen.