Stone worktops are one of the luxuries that just about everyone looks for in their home’s kitchen or bathroom. They’re incredibly durable and tough, often withstanding the bumps, knocks and spills of busy family life with ease.
Regardless of whether you choose concrete, granite, limestone, quartz or even marble, it’s important to remember that while these materials are incredibly tough, they will still require a certain level of maintenance to ensure they continue to withstand knocks and spills and more importantly, continue looking just as beautiful as the day it was installed.
Here are our top tips for caring for your stone worktops to ensure they remain looking and functioning as they should for many years to come.
OUR TOP TIPS
Always Protect Your Worktop From Heat
We know that a great deal of stone worktops are heat resistant but don’t mistake this for being completely impervious to heat damage. Excessive heat can and will cause damage to your stone worktops over time. Accidentally placing a hot pan down is fine as long as you quickly remove it. Leaving a hot pan on your stone worktop however is another matter entirely. Take steps to avoid this ever happening and ensure you have pan mats or even chopping boards at the ready for hot pans and even slow cookers.
Do Not Stand Or Sit On Them
It seems all too common now that people jump up and sit on their worktops at parties or even throughout the day but it’s worth knowing that however thick and tough your worktop looks, they were not designed to take that sort of weight. Cracks can and do occur when they’re subjected to excessive weight so avoid this at all costs.
Quickly Wipe Up Spills
We know that many stone worktops are labelled as non-porous but that doesn’t mean they won’t stain over time or become sensitive to chemical reactions from acidic fluids such as wine, vinegar or citrus juices. Any spills need to be wiped up quickly and thoroughly to avoid your worktop staining over time.
Always Use A Chopping Board
Ensure you’re always using a chopping board when cutting and preparing foods. While stone worktops are indeed incredibly tough and often very resistant to scratches and digs, they can scratch and mark when very sharp items are used under pressure. Avoid it by ensuring that chopping board is on-hand continually.
Ensure You Reseal When Needed
If you have a stone worktop such as granite that’s been professionally sealed, make sure your worktop is resealed when needed and do not let it go too long over the allotted time. By dragging it out, you could expose your worktop to staining, which can be difficult to remove; sometimes impossible depending on the liquid.