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Granite is a trendy coarse-grained igneous rock that homeowners incorporate into their property in various ways. From vanity units to flooring, staircases to coffee tables, granite is a very multifunctional material. However, property owners primary use for the stone is predominantly for kitchen worktops.

The material is exemplary for kitchen worktops due to its elegant aesthetic. It is also highly heat-resistant and hard to scratch, which are two very desirable features.

Although granite is a very robust material, those who use it in their home should still make sure to take care of it, for it to continue looking its best.

Throughout this article, we will focus on several of the most common ways granite can become damaged and how homeowners can take the necessary steps to refrain from these.

What are the most common causes which lead to damaging your granite worktop?

Even though granite is a highly heat resistant material, scorching temperatures can still damage the surface if owners are not cautious. It is strongly advised homeowners with granite worktops be careful with hot kitchen equipment such as pans and stay clear from placing it directly onto the surface, resulting in causing marks that may permanently damage the surface. Furthermore, heat is also known to cause the material to discolour.

Scratches are another common cause that can damage granite as if not appropriately treated; the scratches can remain on the surface indefinitely. The most frequent source of scratched worktops is through using a knife directly onto the surface, and so it is fully advised that any food preparation done on a granite surface should use a chopping board.

How can you protect your granite worktop?

As well as the above advice, there are also numerous amounts of other precautions homeowners can do to protect their granite surfaces. For example, applying an anti-stain solution is very beneficial. However, it should be noted that before the solution is added to any worktop, the joins must be appropriately sealed first.

To keep the worktop in peak condition, the anti-stain solution process is advised to be repeated every six months for maximum results. Although, in between this time, a simple mild soap and shop-bought detergent along with water and a soft cloth to clean down the surface regularly are sufficient.

It is worth considering that abrasive cleaning products such as steel wool and powdered cleansers should not be used on the surface under any circumstances as these could lead to long term damage.

It is advised for homeowners who do not want everyday marks to show up on their worktops easily to opt for a plain coloured granite surface over the likes of black as it will help disguise any unwanted blemishes. Nevertheless, property owners who are planning on purchasing granite should be aware that the stone is a natural product, which means there is bound to be fluctuation.

At RO Surfaces, we are suppliers of granite 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.

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With continuous fashionable kitchen brands springing up, lots of innovative design ideas and creative twists on old appliance designs, there are many on-trend looks taking kitchens by storm so early on into 2021.

Below, we take a look at the most significant trends for kitchens of 2021 so far!


If there’s one thing that’s dominating the style charts and switching up interiors, it is the return of marble.

Heavily veined marble is making a significant comeback. The stone is a very in-demand choice and is used as a stable in both kitchens and bathrooms. Marble is also very sustainable and has good durability when sealed professionally every one or two years.

Marble has long been highly valued for its beauty and strength; its classic attributes and ability to hold out against passing trends makes the stone a timeless addition to any home.

Naturally strong veined marble can help add a statement to a kitchen or bathroom and aid in the creation of the textural contract between other surfaces such as metals and woods.

Reinvented Black

Often heard being described as the kitchen’s ‘it colour’, all-black kitchens have become increasingly popular.

Now being used to add a bit of sophistication into the kitchen through the introduction of - black walls, cabinetry and even work surfaces, black is having something of a moment.

Previously overlooked as a colour used in comparatively small quantities in spaces, to add impact and interest, black has begun to take design centre stage. Interior stylists and homeowners now use the colour to add a sense of luxe and pair with textured woods to give any room a rustic, homely charm.

White kitchen countertops using quartz and solid surface also pair very well with black cabinetry and can help add a sense of sophistication and style to any kitchen.

Pop of Colour

Unexpected paint-colour pairings have become very favourable at present. Kitchens are filled with colour opportunities, from surfaces and cabinets to appliances and flooring.

If the idea of adding a pop of colour to your kitchen is intriguing, you should start by contemplating how much of a permanent commitment you are willing to make. An easy and cost-effective place to begin your exploration of colour is by simply painting a wall. If this still doesn’t satisfy your need for colour, another great way to introduce it into your kitchen is through your countertops.

Quartz worktops have a significant variety of colours to help you gather inspiration from, these include -

  • Grey

  • Black

  • White

  • Brown

  • Blue

  • And even red

We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading three kitchen trends of 2021 so far. If you would like more information or advice, do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 4477440 to chat with a team member. Or why not browse our portfolio to see some of our previous work https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio

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Solid surface is a manufactured material which is widely used for seamless countertop installations. The material can mimic the appearance of granite, stone, marble and similar naturally occurring materials at a more affordable price.

Manufactured using acrylic or polyester resins, solid surface countertops are available in many colours and patterns, and so the material is favoured by many homeowners over natural stone.

Below we have listed the top five benefits of choosing a solid surface material for your kitchen countertops.

Seamless Joints

Any large surface requires seams which are sometimes visible to the eye. Nevertheless, with a solid surface, the seams are either invisible or very hard to detect. As the material is moulded to fit perfectly, seams are unrecognisable, making for an excellent aesthetic, while also eliminating places for crumbs, stains, dust and bacterial to amalgamate into.

Nearly Non-Porous Surface

Although no surface is 100% non-porous, solid surface, tile and quartz come the closest countertop material to not allowing liquid or air to pass through them. Solid surface’s exceedingly low porosity prevents bacteria from entering the surface and promotes a clean and sanitary countertop.

Easy to Care for

Solid surfaces are very stain resistant, and as a direct result from this, they are effortless to care and maintain. Cleaning is a rapid and straightforward task with a solid surface countertop, a swift wipe with warm soapy water or household cleaner is all it takes to keep the material sanitised.

An Abundance of Colours and Designs

Because they are a manufactured material, solid surfaces come in a whole host of colours, patterns and designs. These include –

  • Endless solid colours (for example, red, orange, yellow, green, blue etc.)

  • Small multi-coloured particulates like grains of sand embedded in the sheets

  • Veined patterns


Solid surfaces are known to be hard and impact resistant. However, the material is susceptible to scratches, and therefore extra care should be taken when preparing food on the surface. Using chopping boards will help prevent any unwanted or accidental scratches inflicted by knives or sharp kitchen utensils.

Solid surface countertops are a reliable and practical addition to any kitchen. If you would like more information or advice, do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 4477440, to chat with a team member. Or why not browse our portfolio to see some of our previous works https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio

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