In its July 2011 edition, Consumer Reports reviews the resilience and durability of the top countertop materials, giving the highest marks to granite and quartz. One of the metrics examined was how stain resistant the material is--and which stains were the hardest to remove. For a summary of the findings, read on.
According to Consumer Reports test of 20 types of common stains, food coloring and permanent marker were the toughest stains to remove. In the test, the Consumer Reports lab applied 20 stains and let them stand overnight before cleaning.
Laminate, concrete (with topical sealer) and varnished butcher block were the most stain resistant. Bamboo, limestone and oil-rubbed butcher block were among the least stain resistant.
Breakdown of the biggest stain offenders by countertop type:
• Tile: Food coloring, crayon, ink, permanent marker, rust
• Concrete (with penetrating sealer): Food coloring, hot oil, permanent marker, shoe polish
• Paper composite: Drain cleaner, permanent marker, rust
• Marble: Food coloring, shoe polish
• Stainless steel: Drain cleaner, tarnish remover
• Recycled glass: Food coloring
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