I second ceramic tile. We had ours for 25 years, looks as beautiful as when
new. No scratches, no spots, no marks, no chips. Lasts forever and can take
just about any punishment including, heat, acidic food, alkaline food. The
key is to use good, hard fired, ceramic tile with a neutral but artistic
design. Better than any granite top.
To rejuvenate the grout, I wire-brushed it (brass brush) about 10 years ago.
Good idea to keep a few spare tiles, just in case. If something bad should
happen, it is easy to plug in a new tile. Approx. 4"x4" tiles are optimum
Click to see the full signature.