When choosing a material for a kitchen worktop you should pay attention not just to its price and appearance, but also consider the care aspect – how much effort this countertop would take to keep it clean. Let’s speak about that.
Modern manufacturers of kitchen suites offer a wide range of versatile materials for worktops. More commonly our final choice is attributed to personal preferences and the way the countertop blends with kitchen cabinets’ doors and kitchen interior in general. However, very often we eventually find ourselves faced with a problem of a too sensitive and fragile surface, or vice versa, our worktop turns out to be persistently resistant to all detergents we try. So that you didn’t regret your choice we collected a few tips on caring about versatile types of countertops – natural stone, metal and ceramic. We hope that this post will help you make the right choice.
How to care about marble worktops
Marble is a pretty popular, yet extremely sensitive material: you’d better not spill lemon juice, alcoholic drinks and even tomato sauce on it. Acid reacts with the porous surface of the stone and immediately corrodes calcium contained in it. As a result, the surface of the worktop becomes duller and stains shall be visible by natural light. For the same reason marble doesn’t “like” bleaches. In a word, only special detergents can be used for cleaning marble countertops and you should be a very careful user.
How to care about quartz worktops
Quartz is becoming increasingly popular particularly because it’s far less demanding than other stones. You should make an effort to scratch this material, and it doesn’t need special care. Of course, abrasive detergents and solvents are not welcome, but in the rest of aspects quartz won’t bring you any troubles.
How to care about ceramic worktops
Ceramic worktops are resistant to scratches and high temperatures. They do not absorb water and can serve you faithfully for a few decades, when cleaned properly. Detergents recommended for daily care are neutral, alkalescent and subacid. As for detergents with high level of acidity and bleach components, they are not recommended for ceramic surfaces.
How to care about metal worktops
If the above-mentioned list causes troubled thoughts about complicated and regular cleaning of the kitchen with a separate drawer for keeping detergents for a worktop only, we can advise you to relax and remember how kitchens of most gorgeous restaurants of the world look. Right, they’re entirely stainless steel. That’s where one doesn’t have troubles of cleaning and polishing worktops. You should just wipe it dry to avoid stains and be absolutely free in choosing detergents.