Caring for your Kitchen Worktops A new Kitchen is a large expense for your home and caring for your Kitchen Worktops is essential to keep that just new look. LAMINATE - Laminate worktops are a counter top made specific for use as a kitchen worktop. They are made from high-density chipboard; plywood or MDF, coated in a plastic laminate. Laminate worktops are easy to maintain and are very hygienic and can last the life of the kitchen, but it is strongly recommended that a chopping board and worktop savers be used to prolong the life of your worktop, as not using them can leave your worktop damaged and scratches and cut marks cannot be removed and very hot pans placed straight on to the worktop will leave scorch marks. Do not allow liquids to stand for any period of time on the surface and in particular, keep water away from mitred worktop joints at all times and if water lands on a joint it should be wiped clean immediately. GRANITE - Granite is extrusive rock formed from cooled magma. Due to its natural origin, granite has unique colour, character and beauty. In general, granite rock is patterned and dominant light minerals create the overall impression of light surface. Due to good resistance to heat and cold, granite is a perfect fit for kitchens – you can place hot pots, pans and ovenware directly on worktop. Granite has minimum porosity, but it can still absorb small amount of liquid. If you choose granite worktop, keep in mind that, as a rule, light granite tends to absorb more water and thus stains more easily than dark granite. To prevent staining, remove any liquids spilled on the surface as quickly as possible. Granite has dense structure. It is hard and not easily damaged in the course of daily use. However, granite is not completely unbreakable – it can be damaged by negligence or accidentally. Proper maintenance ensures granite surfaces that last virtually forever. Granite worktop is easy to clean. Usually it is sufficient to wipe it with damp cloth, although special products should be used for light-coloured granite once or twice a year. SILESTONE- Silestone is a compound made up of 94% natural quartz, which make it extraordinarily hard and resilient. This is the only worktop made of quartz with Bacteriostatic anti-bacterial protection, giving it hygienic properties that are not to be found anywhere else on the market. Silestone is a non-porous surface and highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup and many other everyday products. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world. This makes our products very durable, with a high level of scratch resistance. For full details on the product, 25 year guarantee and maintenance advice go to http://www.silestone.co.uk/ MAIA - A Maia worktop is a hard synthetic material acrylic with natural fillers, primarily used for horizontal worktops. A 3mm layer of acrylic surface is specially bonded to a particleboard substrate. Maia worktops are manufactured using the very latest techniques and carry a 10 year guarantee against manufacturing defects, however, they can quite easily last a lifetime. The surface a Maia worktop is not totally ‘heat resistant’. To prevent heat damage, always use a hot pad to protect your solid surface. Hot pans, as well as some heat generating appliances like frying pans, can damage the surface. The best way to clean a Maia worktop is soapy water for day to day cleaning. The use of a mild abrasive such as Cif Cream has a positive effect on the surface and will remove most minor marks that cannot be removed by soapy water. Always maintain a Maia worktop as recommended by the manufacturer. A Maia worktop is non-porous, repairable and with the possibility to achieve virtually inconspicuous joints and are sold in pre-fabricated blanks of various lengths and widths. Full details can be found at http://www.maiaworksurfaces.co.uk/ SOLID WOOD - Solid hardwood kitchen worktops provide a natural beauty to your kitchen that is hard to beat. A solid wooden worktop also has the benefit of being solid all the way through. This means that if you mistreat and care for the worktop badly any surface damage or scratches can easily be sanded away to reveal a fresh new surface. Always oil your worktops before starting to use them to seal and protect them. Oil also adds depth and character to the wood that varnish and lacquers can't match, it is also simple to apply and gives the wood a water resistant finish. It is important to re-oil the worktop at regular intervals to maintain the durability of the oiled finish and keep the worktop looking at its best. All that is required to clean a hardwood worktop is a wipe down with a cloth dipped in warm soapy water and well wrung out. Do not allow liquids to stand for any period of time. The finishing oil is water resistant not waterproof. Always stand hot rough pans on a trivet or pan stand and always use cutting boards to chop food. Do not cut directly on the worktop.