The previous owner installed this countertop, who cannot be reached. I have no idea what kind of counter this is and wonder if I should be treating it, what I should clean it with, etc.

It does seem quite porous. When I wipe it with a damp cloth it is shiny and very quickly turns matte.

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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Would you add a picture of the edge? And, props for taking our tour before posting; few people do. Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 1:03
  • Is there actual texture on it, or is that just an illusion? Is it cold to the touch like stone? Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 5:34
  • Yes...it has quite a bit of texture and is cold to the touch. Commented Jan 21, 2020 at 18:45

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Many hardware stores have swatches of laminate and other countertop material you can bring home. Take some home and compare visually, and after washing. Home Depot, for example, shows "Durable clink vinyl plank with reclaimed grey hardwood look", looking something like your good photo.

Usually, samples picked up in-store are free.

  • I know it isn't vinyl or laminate. I can tell by the undermount sink and looking at the underside of the extension of the breakfast bar. It would be good to know if it is granite, quartz....someone suggested it may be soapstone?? Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 1:36
  • Note that this does not have a wood appearance. The lines are too varied, there's no "plank" effect, and there's no knots. Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 5:45
  • Soapstone is rather soft. You can carve soapstone with a knife. Looks more like a natural product like granite - not quartz, IMO.
    – SteveSh
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 12:41

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