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Miriam Llano, mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor, Cosentino Mid­dle East talks about kitchen work­top sur­faces

Kitchens once had a sin­gle pur­pose: to pre­pare food. To­day’s con­tem­po­rary kitchens have be­come more like the hub of the house where peo­ple come to­gether to cook, re­lax, dine and even work. It is where all the ac­tion hap­pens. And coun­ter­tops, the work­horse of any kitchen, have to bear the brunt of these mul­ti­ple func­tions and will need to with­stand reg­u­lar clean­ing and main­te­nance. Here are a few tricks by mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor, Cosentino Mid­dle East that you will need to con­sider to en­sure the longevity of some of the most pop­u­lar sur­faces used for work­tops:

Nat­u­ral stone sur­faces

Noth­ing beats the beauty of nat­u­ral stone for coun­ter­tops. Mar­ble and gran­ite are strong, durable and lux­u­ri­ous clas­sics that suit both tra­di­tional and mod­ern styles. How­ever, mar­ble is high main­te­nance. Ow­ing to its por­ous na­ture, it stains eas­ily. Acidic liq­uids such as cit­rus juices and wine have to be cleaned im­me­di­ately to pre­vent stain­ing. The sur­face wa­ter­marks rel­a­tively eas­ily and must be sealed and re-sealed reg­u­larly. Al­though seal­ing will not pre­vent mar­ble from ab­sorb­ing liq­uids; it will slow down the process.

Main­te­nance of gran­ite

The main­te­nance of gran­ite work­tops are less cum­ber­some than mar­ble. Acidic sub­stances like wine, cof­fee, fruit juices, tomato sauce, and so­das will not etch gran­ite like they do mar­ble, but they could po­ten­tially stain the sur­face. As a rule of thumb, for nat­u­ral stone sur­faces, avoid the use of abra­sives and clean­ing liq­uids like vine­gar, am­mo­nia and bleach as they eat into the sur­face and dull the stone. In­stead, use mild cleansers, hot wa­ter and sponge for daily main­te­nance.

Deal­ing with quartz

Quartz, an en­gi­neered, man-made al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional stone work­tops, is a trend that is here to stay. It is nat­u­rally re­sis­tant to scratch­ing, but is less heat-re­sis­tant than gran­ite. To pre­vent dam­age, kitchen uten­sils like fry­ing pans, pots and other items that give off heat, should not be placed di­rectly onto the sur­face. For rou­tine main­te­nance of quartz sur­faces like Sile­stone, use wa­ter and neu­tral soap. For stub­born stains, clean­ing vine­gar, limescale re­mover, di­luted bleach and gen­tle scour­ing pads can be used.

Tak­ing care of Dek­ton

Fi­nally a whole new and orig­i­nal prod­uct in­no­va­tion for work­tops is Dek­ton by Cosentino, an ul­tra-com­pact sur­face with prac­ti­cally zero poros­ity, mak­ing it highly re­sis­tant to house­hold stains and dam­age from chem­i­cal prod­ucts. This scratch and heat dam­age re­sis­tant heavy-duty sur­face re­quires ab­so­lute min­i­mal main­te­nance. Keep­ing clean with a soft, damp cloth and a mild deter­gent should do the trick.

Miriam Llano

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