Let's face it, our worktops get a pretty tough time of it. We sit on them, chop on them, lean on them, put hot pans on them and the list goes on. At Exeter Kitchen Store HQ, we're all very much of the opinion that choosing the right surface is possibly the most important choice you'll make when looking to start a new project. Get it right - make it. Get it wrong - break it. So if we invest so much time and money in our worktops, shouldn't we be doing everything in our power to make sure that they stand the test of time?
1. Keep it Clean
It really does go without saying that keeping your work surfaces clean is a fundamental part of keeping them in tip (work)top condition. Some are really good at this and you'll seldom find them walking away from the kitchen without wiping everything down. Others will show obviously dirty areas a grubby jay cloth when they absolutely have too. Truth be told. it's not so much about when you go about things, but how.
Clean your kitchen worktops with warm water and a few drops of detergent or an antibacterial spray using a soft cloth - microfibre cloths are perfect for the job. Then, rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and dry it off with a soft cloth.
2. No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk
Obviously, this doesn't just apply to milk. If you spill something on your worktop, blot the worst of it up with a paper towel or soft cloth immediately. Flush the spillage with warm water and detergent and then rinse thoroughly. A common misconception is that stone surfaces are more prone to staining - which is true, but not if sealed correctly. Most sealed stone will repel most things if the spill is tackled promptly.
3. You Can't Put That There!
There are some misconceptions as to what surfaces you can and can't put hot ovenware on. Whilst some are naturally heatproof, other's aren't. However, even the toughest of materials, like stone or granite, will react to exposure to heat over time. Sudden changes in temperature can cause surfaces to crack or warp through something called 'Thermal Shock'. Our advice, because it's always better to be safe than sorry, is to invest in a good quality heatproof board or rack and always pop it down before putting anything hot on your worktops.
4. Treat it Right
This tip applies specifically to Timber 'Tops. Just as you would with any good quality wooden furniture around the house, timber worktops need to be treated and sealed to prevent water creeping into the wood grain. Do it properly, and there's a pretty good chance that your worktops will outlast the rest of your kitchen.
To maintain the quality and integrity of any solid wood surface, it's essential that you keep it well oiled. In the first few weeks of use, take extra care to prevent your worktop from becoming stained as it won't have had time to build up solid oil protection. In particular, don't allow any liquid to hang around for any length of time. We recommend re-oiling once every three months.
5. Avoid Scratches
You'd be surprised just how many people come to us of the opinion that investing in an expensive work surface will mean that they can chuck their chopping boards away. Cutting directly onto your worktops WILL scratch them.
You can find out more about our worktop range by visiting the showroom and check out what we've got on display! Don't forget our Design Team are always on hand to answer any of your questions!