The qualities and features of stone surfaces

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Kitchens are ranked as the most used room in the house. It’s where we cook and eat the meals we love, and make memories with our family and friends. As it’s our most used room in the house, it makes sense that according to a study by Lloyds Bank, it’s also the most valuable, with people investing most in fixtures, fittings and gadgets for their kitchens. This includes the worktops. However with so many materials to consider when choosing a new kitchen worktop, it can be overwhelming. With our 25 years of experience, we’ve put together a simple guide to stone surfaces.

Granite – A very hard, natural stone. It’s non-porous, making it hygienic and stain resistant. Scratch and heat resistant, you can put pots straight from the hob or oven on to it. There are also vast design opportunities, for example, the shiny sapphire coloured Lemurian Blue, or the sandy grey and greens of Bianco Romano. It’s easily cleaned with a gentle, neutral, surface cleaner, avoid heavy bleaches and harsh chemicals.

Marble – An elegant and timeless natural stone. Heat resistant but slightly more porous than granite so is vulnerable to some staining, for example spices and beetroot, and some scratching. If treated with care, marble can look beautiful for many, many years. Don’t use household cleaning products or bleaches on your marble top, they irritate the stone making it more susceptible to staining and scratching. Instead, we recommend using Dry Treat’s ‘Rejuvenata Spray’ which not only cleans your marble gently, but contains a small amount of sealer to enhance the protection of your worktop.

Limestone – A sedimentary rock, composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral and molluscs. Generally limestone is known for being a softer stone, but some can be very hard. For example, Wild West Green from America, is non-porous, heat, stain and scratch resistant. Jura Blue and Jura Beige from Germany are similar to marble in their durability. Clean limestone similarly to marble.

Composite Quartz – A manmade, durable surface made from crushed up stone held together by resin. They come in a huge range of colours and patterns, including imitation marbles, and each slab is uniform in look, compared to a natural stone. They are heat and stain resistant and largely scratch resistant too. Clean it in the same way that you’d clean granite.

For kitchen worktop inspiration visit our website or showroom (in Stokenchurch) where you can look through materials and take samples home with you. If you would like a FREE quote, email or bring us some measurements and a rough idea of the stone you would like.