If you've splurged on some gorgeous new kitchen benchtops, here are some tips for taking care of them.
Purchase a few cheap kitchen benchtop accessories
There are several inexpensive accessories you can get for your kitchen benchtops that will make it much easier to protect them and maintain their current pristine condition for longer. For example, if you use chopping boards to prep food, you should invest in some non-slip mats for these chopping boards that will stop them from sliding around the benchtop whilst, for example, you're chopping vegetables on them.
In addition to making the chopping boards safer for you to use, doing this will prevent the underside of the boards from leaving marks on the benchtops as a result of them repeatedly sliding across these surfaces and will ensure that you never have to worry about the knife you're chopping with landing, blade down, on the benchtop and leaving a deep scratch on this surface, due to the chopping board sliding out from underneath it.
Additionally, you should keep multiple trivets in your kitchen at all times so that you can safely rest hot objects, such as cups of coffee, hot saucepans or stovetop kettles on the benchtop without these items having direct contact with this surface. This is particularly important if you have laminate or wooden benchtops that are more likely than, for example, stainless steel or quartz to be left with scorch marks if they're exposed to hot objects.
Deal with spillages right after they happen
Another simple way to ensure your benchtops look beautiful for as long as possible is to clean up foods or drinks you spill on them right away. If, for example, you spill some pasta sauce on a benchtop just as you're about to leave the house for the day or go to bed, you might be tempted to wait until your next trip to the kitchen, several hours later, to clean it up, doing this regularly will result in the deterioration of your benchtops.
The reason for this is that after pasta sauce, gravy or other foods have dried onto a benchtop, you usually need to scrub the benchtop forcefully to remove them and even then, there could be a stain left on the surface that requires you to use a potent stain remover. This scrubbing and the subsequent use of strong stain removers on a regular basis could leave your benchtops scratched and discoloured. As such, you should form the habit of cleaning up spillages when they're still fresh and have not yet dried onto or stained the benchtops.
For more information, contact a local company that sells or makes kitchen benchtops.