If you’ve recently moved house, you may still be getting used to all the new features and working hard into transforming it into your own home. Whether you chose it for its location, its charm, the size of the house, the number of bedrooms etc, you now need to work towards turning it into your dream home.

Tailor your kitchen to suit YOU, not the other way around

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When it comes to renovating the kitchen, it can be easy to just leave everything as it is because of the amount of appliances found in the average kitchen. However there comes a point when you need to stop thinking about what is convenient at the time and start tailoring your kitchen to suit your needs.

The centrepiece of any kitchen is the kitchen counter or the kitchen worktop. It serves several purposes, most of the meal preparation is done on the worktop and in some kitchens meals are even eaten on the worktop. By designing your kitchen around the worktop, you can create a space that works for you.

Styles and Types of Worktops Available

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The material for your worktop will depend on the style or theme you are going for with your kitchen. Worktops come available in a whole range of materials designed to make your kitchen shine.  A few examples of materials used for worktops would be:

Slate – polished metamorphic rock known for its durability and low liquid absorption levels. It is normally found in blacks, greens, greys and deep reds and purples.

Granite – sealed natural stone known for its stain-resistant, scratch and waterproof surface. Prone to individual and unique patterns, this is a great all round material.

Quartz Composite – a material specially developed known for its high resistance to staining, scratching and heat. A well sought after material available in a variety of colours.

Ensuring the Longevity of Your Worktop

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Good maintenance of your worktop is essential, although beautifully crafted stone worktops often don’t need the latest state-of-the-art Mr Muscle cleaner in order to ensure that your worktop stays in top condition. A traditional mix of warm soapy water with a sponge, followed by a wiping down with a microfiber cloth should be more than enough to do the trick. A mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle works wonders as well.

Make sure to always leave the vinegar on for a few minutes at a time. You won’t need to clean your worktops every day but if you see a mark or a spot, it is important to clean it as soon as possible. At least once or twice a week as a routine clean will ensure that you get the most use out of your worktops, leaving them to stay shiny and polished for longer!

Whichever material you decide to use for your worktop, make sure that you enlist the help of a professional as they will be able to give you expert advice as to the best styles of worktop for your kitchen and your needs.

Mike James
Content Editor
www.chandlerstoneworks.co.uk