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What is Porcelain?

Porcelain has always been a trendy choice for bathrooms, from tiles to even doorknobs; the ceramic material offers greater stain and water resistance without sacrificing design aesthetics. However, with its long list of both practical and design advantages, porcelain is now in very high demand for kitchen worktops too, making it a great choice if you want to attain a contemporary or modern kitchen look.

Porcelain worktops are made of 100% natural, raw, and clay-based material which undergoes firing, making them extremely hard, durable and able to withstand most impacts. The surface strength of porcelain is achieved in the firing process, so the countertops resist chipping, scratches, cracks, wear and tear, and because of this process, some porcelain worktops are up to 30% stronger than granite.

The Advantages -

Scratch Resistant

Within any kitchen environment, there are a lot of heavy and sharp objects such as knives used daily, and so having a surface that is not easily scratched is a big advantage. Amazingly porcelain surfaces are much harder to scratch than many other kitchen countertop materials, meaning that you will not have to worry about any accidental damage occurring to your worktop from the slip of a knife.


Although they sound fragile, porcelain worktops are very easy to clean. Porcelain kitchen worktops are non-porous meaning that they’re a very hygienic addition to any kitchen as there’s nowhere for germs, dirt particles or tiny scraps of food to hide.

Heat Resistant

Porcelain worktops can withstand heat up to a specific temperature, making them a perfect addition to any busy kitchen. However, we still do recommend that you use heat pads or other methods of protection when placing down hot items such as pots and pans directly onto the worktop. This will protect and prevent you against any damage which may occur if boiling items are placed straight down onto your surface, and therefore this will help lengthen the life of your worktop.

Tough Material

Porcelain worktops are one of the most durable worktops available in the market. The material is almost 30% stronger than granite and is also known to match the toughness of quartz. Furthermore, porcelain is very impact-resistant, meaning that knocks and bumps are less likely to damage your surface.

Stain Resistant

Porcelain is also completely resistant to any stains as it is a non-porous material meaning that it won’t absorb any liquids, even from accidental spillages. This is an impressive attribute for a kitchen worktop, where there will be persistent spills from food and beverage consumption.

Porcelain worktops are a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen. Browse our portfolio to see some of our previous workshttps://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porcelain-sintered or contact us today on 0191 4477440 to chat with a member of our team.

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Quartz is one of nature’s hardest materials, making it an extremely durable surface for any kitchen which sees a lot of activity. Not only is Quartz a stylish solution for your kitchen, but there are also many benefits to choosing Quartz worktops -

  • Hardwearing - As one of the most hardwearing man-made materials available, Quartz is less porous than other stone worktops such as Granite or Marble. This quality makes it incredibly stain resistant, making it perfect for areas such as kitchens where there is likely to be a lot of spillage during food preparation. Quartz worktops also never hold onto any spillages or liquids, and as a direct result of this, it is tough to stain.

  • Hygienic - Quartz works at preventing bacterial growth on the surface, making it a very clean worktop for your kitchen. As it is a very dense and compact material, bacteria doesn’t grow or spread as rapidly as on other kitchen surfaces.

  • Consistent in colour and design - As Quartz has been manufactured and man-made, it is very consistent in terms of both colour and pattern. Quartz also has a refined quality which makes it adaptable to different kitchen style schemes such as contemporary, industrial or classic.

How To Care For Quartz Worktops

Quartz worktops are a perfect addition to any lively family kitchen as they’re durable and effortless to clean. With a bit of straightforward preservation, you can keep your Quartz worktops looking immaculate for years to come.

Cleaning Your Quartz Worktop

As Quartz is a robust non-porous surface, it makes cleaning very easy and stress-free. Quartz does not require any special cleaner, simply use a bit of warm water with either soap or non-abrasive cleaner with a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe down the surface. Although stain-resistant, Quartz countertops are not stain proof, and therefore liquids should be wiped up as soon as possible. Quartz will resist stains for a short period, but all coloured liquids should be cleaned up immediately.

Do’s & Don’ts

Below we have assembled some helpful cleaning advice to aid you in keeping your Quartz worktop in an immaculate condition.

Do -

  • Clean your worktops daily with warm water and a few drops of surface cleaner or antibacterial detergent, using a soft cloth.

  • Wipe up any spills immediately to prevent staining to your worktops.

  • Use heat pads and stands for hot pans and trays, though Quartz can withstand mild heat, placing boiling pots or pans directly down onto the surface can result in long term damage.

  • Avoid using cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals like bleach or chlorine; these can stain the stone and discolour Quartz.

  • Be cautious when using oil, try to prevent spillages onto your worktops, and don’t use cleaning products that contain oil as it can dull a polished finish and leave an unwanted residue on the surface.

Don’t -

  • Use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange cleaners, they’re very acidic and can cause the Quartz to discolour or disintegrate.

  • Store liquids directly onto your countertop.

  • Cut or chop directly onto your worksurface, although Quartz is highly scratch resistant, it still can and does sometimes scratch. Always make sure you use a chopping board when preparing food.

  • Use generic cleaning solutions such as glass cleaner or bleach.

Quartz worktops are a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen. Browse our portfolio to see some of our previous works https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio or contact us today on 0191 4477440 to chat with a member of our team.

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Splashbacks are a great addition to any kitchen, and they are much more than a practical incorporation. They can often have a vast impact upon the overall look and feel of your kitchen as they’re a great way to help integrate your desired style and add a sense of personality which mirrors your tastes. A splashback does a great deal more than solely filling in a gap within your kitchen or finishing a space off, installing a splashback can unite your whole kitchen design.

Kitchen splashbacks can be made from an extensive array of materials including glass, granite and stone. The primary purpose of any kitchen splashback is to protect the wall areas behind cooker surfaces, shielding the wall from any splashes which occur from cooking. Any well-installed splashback can elevate the look of your kitchen at a reasonable cost as well as having functional purposes.

What properties should a good kitchen splashback have?

Kitchen splashbacks which have been designed to protect your walls from spills, splashes, moisture and cooking debris should have the following features -

  • Heatproof, splashbacks should be heat resistant to up at least 220C. However, whichever material you may choose can affect its ability to resist great heat, with some materials such as glass, being more heat resistant than others.

  • Even when it comes time to clean, splashbacks should be easy to maintain, a wipe down with glass cleaner or general cleaning agents will make any splashback look as good as new.

  • Your splashback will inevitably get splashes from cooking. However, the surface should never become permanently stained.

  • Kitchen splashbacks should never need scrubbing to remove mould or stains from group joints.

Installing a kitchen splashback serves other purposes such as -

  • They can help lighten up your kitchen by reflecting more light into the room. Mirrored splashbacks can help create an illusion to make any cramped space feel larger.

  • They can be designed to meet individual design preferences and create consistency throughout any kitchen if the colour is the same as your countertop.

  • They are affordable and can give your kitchen a modern and sophisticated look.

At R.O Surfaces, we are proud to install and manufacture kitchen splashbacks. If you are wanting to know more about materials that can best fit your needs for your kitchen, contact us today on 0191 4477440. You can also see a range of our previous work here - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio

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