With the festive season almost upon us, it is time to dust the cobwebs off our baking appliances and get to make your favourite treats out again. While it can be easy to get back into the groove, the season calls for heavy baking and your kitchen countertop should be prepared to sustain exposure to different types of foods liquids and other ingredients employed to bake all your Christmas and New Year delicacies.
Taking into were thinking of replacing your worktop to materials that are suitable for food preparation areas such as natural marble or quartz, now is definitely the time for it.
Apart from handling lots of work, marble and quartz can instantly change the way your kitchen looks and feels. If you are looking for the perfect worktop to make that Christmas pudding in, here are some that you might like:
Bianco Carrara marble
Being one of the more popular marbles in the world, Bianco Carrara works well when it comes to worktop applications because it looks really good and is fairly strong. However, thanks to its colour it and inherent porosity, it is impossible for anyone to guarantee Bianco Carrara marble worktops won’t ever stain nor etch when exposed to certain foods and acids such as tea, wine, coffee or ketchup . As long as any spillages are immediately wiped off, there is no reason as to why a Bianco Carrara marble work surface would stain. Furthermore, you need to look out for potential rusting when it comes to exposure to acids such as lemon although if you take care to wipe your surfaces regularly, you can easily have spotless marble worktops for a many years to come!
Silestone Ariel quartz
This is a quartz stone that you can definitely get behind when it comes to your baking needs. Apart from coming in different finishes and textures so you can choose the one you need to complement your kitchen theme, it also has a lot magnificent technical properties when it comes to performance in a kitchen application. Silestone is highly heat resistant, scratch resistant and stain resistant. With its additional properties of being highly impact and acidity resistant, all your baking accidents are essentially covered!
Caesarstone 5000 London Grey quartz
This is a hard and nonporous surface that has become one of the easiest brands of quartz stone to maintain. All you need is some soap and water for it to look as good as new after that brilliant baking season. Any persistent stains can be removed easily with CIF cream, plenty of hot water and a kitchen cloth. The grey coloured background and its delicate veining arranged in a random pattern is great for a neutral and timeless coloured palette in the kitchen!
This is another great option for a suitable kitchen worktop with hygienic properties if you are planning to go for a heavy baking session. While it looks like natural marble, this is also quartz stone which will never require sealing and with practically zero maintenance requirements which makes it a good choice for long session. It is also extremely durable and comes with an available manufacturer’s warranty of over 30 years upon its registration which backs up the mentioned properties.
Silestone Blanco Zeus Extreme quartz
Another great product by Cosentino, makers of Silestone, Blanco Zeus Extreme quartz is a brilliant white coloured stone that will look great as a worktop. Its cleanliness and purity will bring light into dark spaces and it naturally neutral colour base will blend with any interior space both in terms of colour and design. With its high durability and resistant to heat, scratch and even stains, your kitchen can look as good as new for a long time to come.
Compac Ice Zement Glace quartz
Being exceptionally hard and resistant to heat and staining, not only will this quartz material will withstand high traffic but will look also great in your kitchen. Compac Ice Zement Glace provides a matt surface with an incredibly soft finish and feel that has become an instant classic when it comes to materials that are highly resistant to scratches, acids and stains with practically no maintenance requirements.
With so many options, you can easily start your baking session soon!