It’s no secret that natural stone worktops fetch a fair price. Not only are these worktops gorgeous, but they are also known for their durability – hence the higher price tag. That said, there are a number of elements that can threaten the quality of the finish. Here are some things to avoid if you want to keep your stone worktops looking great for years:
Even though your stone worktops are known for their toughness, they are not immune to scratches and chips. Avoid cutting directly on your stone surfaces and use a chopping block instead. Cutting directly on the surface will not only scratch the stone, but it will also dull you knives.
No direct heat
Although they are really heat resistant, you should not place hot pots and pans straight on the stone surface. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause permanent discolouration. The discolouration might penetrate only the upper layers or it could affect the lower layers as well. Surface damage can be repaired through polishing but deeper damage is extremely tricky to remove.
Stone worktops are known for their porous nature which means that substances can easily take hold if the surface is not properly sealed. Sealing should be done immediately after installation. Check your worktops regularly by splashing some water on them from time to time. If water beads form, the seal is in tact. If not, resealing is essential.
Speedy clean up
Whether your worktops have recently been sealed or not, it’s always a good idea to clean up spills immediately. This will help prevent them from setting in.
With all of these handy tips, your natural stone worktops will prove to be an even greater investment. They will continue to make a positive impression for many years to come.