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All you need to know about metal worktops

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All you need to know about metal worktops

Think of kitchen worktops and the materials that spring to mind are likely to be wood, marble or even laminate. But in recent years, metal worktops have grown in popularity. Read on to find out more about copper and stainless steel.

Why stainless-steel worktops?

For metal worktops that are strong and durable, naturally antibacterial and waterproof, stainless steel is a great material to choose. Plus, it won’t stain or rust and it has incredible heat-resistant properties so you can put hot pans on it right out of the oven.

Stainless steel can be moulded into almost any size and shape, which makes it perfect if you want to incorporate a seamless sink or splashback. It is also recyclable, so choosing stainless steel for your worktops is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint.

Things to keep in mind

Stainless steel worktops are prone to scratching, but if you don’t mind a worn look, this shouldn’t put you off. It’s also sometimes said that stainless steel worktops can look a little clinical, but you can team it with warmer materials (such as wood) to soften the look.

Keeping stainless-steel worktops clean

It can seem an endless task keeping stainless steel countertops smudge-free. Invest in a specialist stainless-steel cleaner to reduce the effort.

Why copper worktops?

If you hanker after metal worktops with character, you can’t go wrong with copper, which will develop a patina with age. Whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage depends on your aesthetic. If you want a look that’ll change with time, copper could be a great option. However, if you prefer pristine worktops, I suggest you avoid copper.

Design note: copper naturally tarnishes over time, but you don’t have to wait for that to happen. Manufacturers can speed up the process by ageing the surface during production.

Taking care of copper worktops

Copper is a soft material so it’ll scratch if you cut directly on it. To keep your countertop looking good, use a cutting board and place a trivet under hot pots and pans. It’s also worth noting that acidic liquids (such as lemon juice or vinegar) can tarnish a copper surface, so take care when using them.

Daily demands of copper worktops

Use mild dish soap and a soft cloth or sponge for day-to-day cleaning of copper worktops. The professionals at Sustainable Kitchens recommend drying the worktop after cleaning to avoid smears marking the surface.

Featured image: Stainless-steel worktops as seen in a kitchen created by Carter Kay Interiors.

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