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Finding new worktops can be a challenge. There are so many options available on the market, knowing what the right option for you, can be confusing. This is why we want to clear a few things up for you so that you can be better informed as to the type of kitchen worktops, bathroom worktops and any other countertops you might be looking for. So, if you are interested in finding out more about Granite worktops, quartz worktops and marble worktops, have a read of our very first blog!

 

Granite comes from a type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock and is significantly tough and durable. This is why it is such a popular choice, especially for kitchen design work. It has long been the preferred choice thanks to its exceptionally hardwearing and unique qualities. What’s brilliant about Granite is that it isn’t just easy to clean, but it maintains its quality really well. Because of these qualities, Granite is ideal for kitchen countertops as well as bathroom countertops. To add to this, Granite is also very heat resistant, yet another reason why it is perfect for the kitchen. Because it is a natural product, there is some maintenance involved but the steps involved are fairly basic and straightforward.

Granite should be sealed to protect the surface from stains, once it is installed, like any other worktop, it should be cleaned regularly; the best way to clean Granite is with soap and water. Although Granite is heat resistant, it isn’t indestructible. You should avoid marking the worktop by using mats under any hot items and chopping boards, rather than using the Granite worktop directly. You should also make sure that you clean up and spills of liquid and food, especially acidic liquids such as wine and orange juice, just to avoid staining the Granite.

Granite can be used for a range of purposes, some of these are:

  • Kitchen worktops
  • Bathroom worktops
  • Flooring
  • Desks
  • Shower rooms
  • Sinks and basins  
  • Reception counters

Of course, there are even more ways you can use Granite, these are just a few of the most popular choices!

 

The majority of Quartz worktops are made up of around 90% quartz due to this material being man-made. However, this doesn’t mean that the quality is lacking, or the style. Quartz is a highly non-porous material, which means that it is extremely sanitary. This makes it an especially good option for kitchens, as well as bathrooms too. Quartz worktops will not have any crevices or cracks for germs and bacteria to settle into. Thanks to it being waterproof, it is also very easy to clean making it a maintenance-free worktop. Unlike a natural stone surface, Quartz worktops do not have to be sealed even once. They are exceptionally resistant to stains and are very easy to clean and maintain.

Thanks to the diamond stone being extremely durable, quartz is the perfect option for kitchen worktops and bathroom worktops. You are free to go about your day-to-day duties, without the worry of protecting your worktops from everyday damage that may be likely. Thanks to the low-maintenance properties of quartz, you can rely on this material to last and keep its chic style. Quartz comes in such a variety of colours whether you are looking for bright pops of colour to add to your kitchen design, or you are looking for more subdued colours to incorporate into your bathroom design, for example.

Quartz is becoming one of the most popular choices on the market right now and here are a few examples of how people are using the material:

  • Kitchen worktops
  • Bathroom worktops
  • Splashback
  • Shower/bathroom surround
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring

Marble is the metamorphic rock that has very unique markings and colours, each incredibly unique. Many people find it hard to resist this stunning and sleek stone as it is hard to beat. They can transform a room and create an incredibly modern and sophisticated style overall. It is a popular option for those looking to add a little luxury to a room, usually, marble makes for brilliant bathroom worktops.

Although marble is a truly stunning option, it should be known that there are a few more things to consider when looking to purchase marble worktops. These specific worktops do require more caution and care than most. Because marble is a softer material and is more porous than Granite, it can be more easily marked or stained. If you were to have marble as your kitchen worktops, you would have to use your countertops with a lot of care. This means if you were to spill anything, it would need cleaning quickly and properly. You should be very wary of handling liquids such as red wine, coffee, tea, oil and juices. You should also avoid using acidic cleaning substances as this could damage the finish of your marble worktop too.

Because of these reasons, it is often advised to not always opt for marble for your kitchen worktops, just as it can be more complicated to maintain this material. In saying this, there are still a number of ways that marble can be used and thrive in doing so. Here are some of the popular ways in which marble is used:

  • Bathroom worktops
  • Kitchen islands
  • Splashback
  • Kitchen features
  • Wall features
  • Fireplace
  • Bathroom walls
  • Table features

 

Purple has a range of granite worktops, quartz worktops and marble worktops to offer. We provide a straightforward service which involves a step-by-step process that is explained to you. Whether you are looking for kitchen worktops, bathroom worktops or anything else, have a look at the range of surfaces we supply and contact us if you have any questions. Our worktops Worcester showroom has samples of our products which is free to visit without an appointment.  You can also take a look at our FAQs to see if your question is answered there!

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