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Tips for kitchen: how to choose right worktops

Agree, a spot of red wine or berry on the kitchen worktop that is impossible to clean is annoying. Every time you see it, you get a desire to change the whole worktop or furniture. Therefore, it is very important to choose a worktop that does not absorb liquids, is well cleaned, not fear the heat and looks like new for many years. It is possible to buy the most expensive kitchen furniture, but if the tabletop material quickly dies, the furniture will have no meaning. Worktops are mostly affected surfaces, so their material must be extremely durable.

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The variety of worktops

The surface of the kitchen worktops was mostly covered with stone slabs or natural wood before there were no artificial materials. Later, wood is impregnated, varnished, but it is not the most durable material, because it tends to darken, react to heat, absorb liquids, it is not hygienic. Another choice is natural granite or marble. Those who want to have intact and durable worktops often choose granite, because marble is more capricious and requires more care.

Technological development has led to the use of artificial stone worktops made of stone flour that is glued with acrylic resin. The advantage of this type of worktops is its high strength and density, a non-porous structure that prevents liquids, resistance, longevity, color variations, the ability to produce various sizes of boards. Disadvantage Рhigh cost, the surface reacts to a temperature of more than 150 degrees C, which means it may be necessary to keep the table from the hot oil spray.

The surfaces of professional kitchen tables are still covered with stainless steel sheets that are resistant to heat and fluids, are easy to clean, do not absorb liquids, the material is hygienic. There are worktops of tempered glass on the market resistant to shock and heat, but these worktops are not very popular due to sensitivity to water scum, fingerprints, etc.

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One of the most popular and optimal in terms of price and durability is laminated worktops, made of MDP panels and covered with the hard laminate board. Important parameters, in this case, are laminate thickness, hardness, resistance to temperature and scratches. If the water gets into the laminate through a seam or scratch, the laminate rebounds, such defects can not be repaired. Due to the sun’s impact, the laminate surface may eventually become blurred, and the thickness of the panels is also very important. If not tight, into the seams may enter the liquids.

MDP can be covered with natural wood veneer. In this case, it is also very important that the surface of the panel is impregnated, lacquered, properly protected.

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How to choose a kitchen worktop?

How should we choose the kitchen worktop, which we would like to be easy to clean, durable, invulnerable and not wearing away? The main criteria should be the resistance of the material to mechanical damage, moisture, and heat. Which feature is in the first place, it’s hard to say, because all three are very important.

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According to these features, I would prefer:1. Engineered artificial stone;2. Granite;3. Good quality laminate;4. Solid wood (greatly depends on the wood type and processing);5. Stainless steel-metal surface.

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Chemical resistance is also important for the surfaces of the tables, it should be borne in mind that while we do not use aggressive chemicals in food production, they still are in cleaners. It is also important to have as few seam as possible on the table. The consumer’s choice is usually determined by the price. I think it’s necessary to weigh for how long we choose kitchen furniture, think about how it will be possible to repair if inadvertently we damage the worktop.

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