The worktop in the kitchen is the main work surface, which must always be clean and tidy, so that the look of the room is well-groomed, and the cooking – pleasant and safe. Regardless of whether the surface is made of natural or artificial stone, it is important to learn how to properly care for it in order to avoid damage and traces of use: do not put red-hot and heavy objects, use special boards when cutting, do not wash with products containing chemically aggressive components. Subtleties of care depend on the specific material from which the tabletop is made.
Care of artificial stone countertops
The kitchen worktop is often made of artificial stone – acrylic or quartzite, which is distinguished by an aesthetic look, special strength and ease of use and care. A distinctive feature of the surface of artificial material is unpretentious care – dust and dirt can be easily removed with a soft cloth and household cleaners. To give beauty and shine, polishes are applied on a clean surface.
The quartzite tabletop is stronger than acrylic, so cracks and chips on it appear much less frequently. However, unpleasant scratches can be avoided on the acrylic surface by polishing: chips are filled with a special solution and polished with a new one. However, such work should be done only by a specialist. In general, the care of artificial stone does not require any additional trouble and effort from the owner.
Care of natural stone countertops
Granite countertops, as well as marble countertops, require more careful and prudent care, as well as regular antiseptic processing. In order for a marble worktop or surface made of granite, to serve for a long time and not lose its original appearance, it is necessary to follow several rules of care:
Use soft, creamy cleansers, whose pH is sufficient for a natural stone.
Use special pulling paste to remove old and greasy stains from the surface.
After each cleaning, handle the tabletop with wax products that create a protective layer on the surface.
In general, subject to all the rules of care, the countertops are made of natural or artificial stone, the surface will last for a long time even with constant use without visible damage. Simple cleaning methods, timely removal of dirt and dust will help to spend less time washing the countertop.
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