If you’re in the process of looking to purchase worktops for your home, you may have come across the terms ‘porous’ and ‘non-porous. We often hear non-porous used frequently as a top-selling point for worktops, but do homeowners really need to know what this recurring term means?




In short, yes, consumers need to have a fundamental understanding of the term to choose the right worktop type that fits in with their needs and lifestyle.


What Is a Non-Porous Surface?


Non-porous in its simplest terms is something that is not permeable to any outside influences such as air, water, and other kinds of fluids.


For example, if a kitchen worktop is non-porous, the material cannot allow or contain any air or water inside it. Pores are microscopic openings or crevices which allow air and water to travel through them; non-porous worktops do not contain these pores and therefore block any substance from flowing through.


Why Pick Non-Porous?


Choosing a non-purpose worktop assures homeowners that any undesired substances such as water or even bacteria cannot work their way in. Therefore, when wiping the top of a non-porous worktop after use with a clean cloth, you can be assured that the surface is both dry and clean all the way through.


With a non-porous worktop, you can rest assured knowing that water from spillages or cleaning is not loitering inside the material, supplying moisture needed for mould to harbour. All non-porous worktops are also antimicrobial and therefore inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.


Examples of Non-Porous Worktops


There are a wide variety of non-porous worktops available to homeowners; these include -

  • Corian

  • Quartz products such as Cambria, Silestone and Corian Quartz

  • Solid Surface

At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of worktops; our factory and showroom are located in Swalwell; however, we can deliver worktops throughout Newcastle and the whole of the North East. If you are interested in our expert stone services, please don’t hesitate to contact a team member. Our large selection of stones derives from all over the world, ensuring we have a product suited to everyone. Give us a call on 0191 4477440 or visit our showroom, Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS.


Interested in seeing more of our work? Head over to our portfolio - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio



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For many homeowners, granite still remains the preferred choice of material for their kitchen worktops. Unlike many other surfaces, granite worktops are 100% natural, exceedingly durable and cover virtually every design preference.


In recent years other materials such as quartz or solid surface are proving feasible contenders for the top spot in the kitchen worktops market. But, there are numerous reasons why granite is still so favourable amongst homeowners around the world.


Below we’ve put together a quick yet informative guide to help outline why granite worktops are repeatedly the dominant choice for kitchen worktops.




Increases Home Value

Installing granite worktops will add to the appeal of a kitchen and help increase the value of your property. It has been suggested that adding natural stone worktops such as granite to kitchens can potentially increase your home’s value by up to 25 per cent of its retail value.


Therefore, making granite not just a highly practical kitchen worktop material but also an aesthetic natural stone that can help add value to your home.


Easily Maintained

Granite worktops are incredibly easy to clean and maintain. Spillages can be effortlessly wiped away using warm water, a mild detergent and a dishcloth, making granite the perfect addition to any busy kitchen.


To protect any granite surface, the stone must be sealed periodically to keep it in pristine condition. The average length of time to leave between sealing is three months. However, this can vary depending on the amount of cooking you do on the surface.



Stain, Scratch and Heat Resistant

Being a natural stone, granite is extremely durable, a well-desired characteristic for any worktop in a busy kitchen area often susceptible to many potential stains or spillages and damage from hot pans utensils.


As a non-porous stone, granite is incredibly stain-resistant when sealed correctly during the installation process. The natural stone is primarily scratch-resistant or at least hides minor scratches well due to the depth of its colour and patterns. Furthermore, the stone is highly heat resistant, meaning that encounters with hot pans won’t damage a granite worktop, but the use of a trivet regularly is highly recommended.

At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of worktops; our factory and showroom are located in Swalwell; however, we can deliver worktops throughout Newcastle and the whole of the North East. If you are interested in our expert stone services, please don’t hesitate to contact a team member. Our large selection of stones derives from all over the world, ensuring we have a product suited to everyone. Give us a call on 0191 4477440 or visit our showroom, Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS.


Interested in seeing more of our work? Head over to our portfolio - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio




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A popular misconception is that the dirtiest room in any house is the bathroom, when in fact, it is the kitchen where germs and bacteria seem to thrive the most. Considering we prepare our meals in this room, it is common knowledge that raw poultry and other food items harbour all kinds of nasty bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli - both of which can cause mild to severe gut and skin infections while also posing other health risks.


To prevent cross-contamination, it is advised to choose kitchen worktops that do not shelter or help spread harmful bacteria.


Non-porous worktops are less susceptible to germs, meaning that any worktop with this attribute has greater protection against these damaging organisms.


In this blog, we have gathered a collection of the best materials which are great for minimising germs in your kitchen and keep your cooking space bacteria-free.





Granite


Granite is a natural stone that is formed by millions of years of compressed molten rock fusing together. Because of this process, granite worktops act as a virtually impenetrable shield against germs and bacteria commonly found in every kitchen.


Although granite is a porous material, annually sealing the surface reduces its porosity and keeps it in perfect shape. Professionally sealing granite prevents the surface from harbouring viruses and bacteria and, in addition to this, helps maintain the natural stone’s aesthetic for longer.


However, it should be noted that homeowners with any granite surface should refrain from using any harsh chemicals for cleaning the stone as it can permanently damage the surface.


Quartz Countertops


Unlike granite, quartz worktops require almost no maintenance. Quartz worktops are made from around 90% to 94% natural quartz and 6% to 10% pigments and resins, depending on the manufacturer. This results in the surface being both non-porous and very durable. As there is no absorption of dirt or filth, quartz worktops won’t aid the transferral of bacterial onto everyday objects and food found in the kitchen.


It is recommended that for regular cleaning of any quartz worktop, to only use a soft, dampened cloth with mild soapy water and avoid any abrasive household cleaners.





Solid Surface Countertops


Solid surface countertops merge pure acrylic resin with natural minerals, which aid in forming a non-porous surface perfect for helping fight bacteria and germs. As solid surface countertops do not have any visible seams or require grouting, there is no place for germs to persist, making it an excellent choice for reducing germ and bacteria build-up in kitchens.


Solid Surface worktops are incredibly durable, long-lasting and require little maintenance from homeowners.


At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of worktops; our factory and showroom are located in Swalwell; however, we can deliver worktops throughout Newcastle and the whole of the North East. If you are interested in our expert stone services, please don’t hesitate to contact a team member. Our large selection of stones derives from all over the world, ensuring we have a product suited to everyone. Give us a call on 0191 4477440 or visit our showroom, Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS.


Interested in seeing more of our work? Head over to our portfolio - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio





Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS 0191 447 7440