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Care of Worktops

To keep any surface looking good, you’ll want to avoid scratching it and exposing it to heat as well as following the advice from experts

Wood

Butcher-block and solid-wood worktops are susceptible to warping and cracking and should be sealed for protection. There are a variety of options of care options but using a food-grade oil or wax is the least toxic option. For daily upkeep, use a nonabrasive cleaner or a mix of warm water with a dash of distilled white vinegar and be sure to wipe dry.

Marble and granite

These surfaces are very durable, but they do need to be resealed regularly to protect them from stains. Granite needs resealing once a year and marble every few months.  Use a mix of warm water and mild dish soap for everyday cleaning, and buff following up with a microfiber towel. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners.

Engineered stone

Engineered stone re-creates the look of its natural counterparts without requiring the same maintenance as it is made from resin-bound quartz crystals.  These worktops can be washed with a nonabrasive cleaner (i.e., mild soap and water), but they don’t need any resealing to stay in pristine condition.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel requires nothing more than a regular wipe-down.  They are susceptible to smudges and streaks so use microfiber towel and cleaner made especially for stainless steel to buff them out.

Soapstone

This natural stone is nonporous, making it resistant to stains and scratches and can be cleaned with almost any multipurpose cleaner, as long as it’s not abrasive.