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Every kitchen needs a practical surface where you can prepare meat, chop vegetables and whip up the odd pudding, all without having to worry about causing it damage. If you enjoy entertaining or cook for a family, you'll need a worktop that can withstand the rigours of daily use.

It is very important to consider all the facts when deciding upon a work surface, ie durability, high or low maintenance, colours and patterns available etc.

Our guide has been designed to assist you in making the right choice.

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Matthew James Furniture are proud to be an Elite Showroom for Silestone, with a wide range of tops available to choose from, including colours that are exclusive to Elite Showroom's only.

Silestone® is made up of 94% Quartz, which makes it extremely hard and resilient and is the only brand that offers a 10-year transferable warranty.
Silestone is a non-porous surface that is highly resistant to staining caused by coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar and many other products that are used every day.

It is also the only quartz worktop on the market that has anti-bacterial protection built in, making it the most hygenic worksurface for your kitchen or bathroom.

There are over 60 colours available in the Silestone collection, ensuring there is a colour for every style of kitchen or bathroom.

Granite is an extremely hard and durable natural product, making it very practical and desirable in a working kitchen and is available in a wide range of colours and patterns.

The surface is cold to the touch, making it ideal for pastry making.

However, whilst it is reasonably resistant to scratching and heat, it should still be treated with a certain amount of respect. Our advice is to always use a chopping board and a pan stand, as it is not advisable to cut or place a hot pan directly onto the surface.

Certain products, such as red wine, tea or coffee will act like a dye and upon prolonged contact with the surface could permanently spoil the looks and should therefore not be left unattended for any length of time.

Lithofin stainstop has been applied to the surfaces prior to installation and has been specially formulated in helping to reduce staining, however acidic products such as lemon and lime juices are NOT protected by Stainstop.

Corian is a subtle blend of natural minerals and clear acrylic and is available in a wide range of colours. It is naturally hygienic, versatile, yet lovely to touch and can be cut, joined and formed to meet virtually any design.

The design qualities are limitless with a choice of edge detail, hob bars, coving, cladding and inlays. There is also a selection of sinks and bowls available to match which will fit seamlessly into your work surface

It is easily cleaned, does not absorb liquids, resists most household stains and will stand up to the small incidents of normal daily life and because they are renewable, difficult stains and accidental damages are easily repaired, leaving it looking like new year after year.

Timber not only looks beautiful and will add a touch of warmth to any kitchen, but is also tough. However, it does require a little more care and maintenance than other tops.
However, in the first few weeks some caution must be observed to prevent the worktop becoming stained before it has had time to build up a sufficient barrier. As with the granite, certain products will act like a dye and could leave a stain upon prolonged contact, and should therefore not be left unattended for any length of time.

In particular, water should not be allowed to lie on the surface but wiped off immediately with a cloth. Oak especially, is prone to acquire a black stain, which is difficult to remove, if any iron utensils are in contact with the presence of water for any period of time - for example overnight.

Timber is a wonderful compliment to Granite and can be used together to define the cooking and preparation areas of your kitchen.

Glass worktops are sleek, luminous, highly durable and are available in 19mm or 10mm thicknesses.

Our glass worktops are supplied by DecoGlaze and can withstand temperatures of up to 400 degrees.

The glass is toughened where necessary for strength and saftety with edges being rounded making it safe for children too.

Glass can be used for your worktops, upstands, splash backs and breakfast bars with many colours and finishes to choose from.

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