New kitchen worktops can transform a kitchen into a brand new space to be proud of. However, with everyday use, your new worktops could become scratched or stained.
To keep your worktops looking as good as new for as long as possible, follow our top tips below for cleaning and aftercare. We’ve compiled the best tips depending on the type of material your worktop is made from.
Laminate is a very durable material, however it can be scratched, ruining the overall look of your surface. Therefore, we would always recommend using a chopping board and never cutting on the surface directly. Laminate worktops can withstand high temperatures such as boiling water, although to avoid any damage we advise to never place any oven dishes or hot pans directly onto the surface. In terms of keeping the surface clean, laminate is one of the easiest materials to maintain. Simply wipe with a cloth and warm soapy water.
Quartz worktops are created differently to others in the fact that they are composite worktops meaning that they are made by combining different materials. This works to create a sealed surface that is durable to staining. As this is a very low-maintenance worktop option, there’s not much to think about when keeping your Quartz worktop as good as new. To keep clean, simply wipe with water and a mild detergent. However, ensure to check the after-care details that are provided with our Quartz worktops.
With a wood worktop material, staining and cracking can occur as it is a porous material. To prevent splashes from damaging your surface, you should oil your worktops regularly. For the majority of solid wood worktops including oak, beech and walnut, we would suggest using Danish oil. This is easy to apply and sage for food preparation areas. To ensure they are oiled sufficiently, try the ‘drop test’. To do so, drop a little water onto the surface: if it beads on the worktop surface without soaking in then the wood is protected. We would still recommend that you try to wipe up spills where these may occur in order to keep your wood worktop as close to new as possible.
If left untreated, granite worktops are porous like wood and can soak up water. This could cause stains, cracking and warping. In order to prevent this, you should seal the worktop at least once every five years. However, when the material is well sealed it is durable enough to withstand most everyday uses. This includes heat, spill and scratching.
If you would like to know more about how to look after your kitchen worktop or perhaps you feel it’s time for a change, get in touch with our team at your local branch.
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