Regardless of which type of kitchen worktops you have installed in your home, if you want them to stay looking good for as long as possible, it’s a good idea to invest in some quality worktop savers and / or chopping boards.
Even the countertops which are famed for being hardwearing and durable, such as granite, have their weak points. Some granite worktops can become permanently stained by acidic liquids and most granite suppliers recommend that you do not cut directly onto the surface.
The same is true of solid surface worktops. Most manufacturers specifically urge the customer to use worktop savers and chopping boards to protect the worktop surface.
Although most chopping boards are made from wood (and can be made from worktop off cuts), there are a range of other materials and different designs on the market. In addition to wood, chopping boards can also be constructed from granite, plastic, glass and marble. There are numerous different designs to choose from, and some companies even produce personalised chopping boards.
There is also a massive range of worktop savers on the market. Worktop savers are usually larger than chopping boards and they’re designed to protect the worktop from spills, drips and splashes that can occur when food is being prepared. As they can occupy quite a large surface area, many worktop saver manufacturers have given a lot of thought to the visual impact of their product. Although it does serve an important practical role, the worktop saver is an effective way of injecting some colour into your kitchen design.
Worktop savers can be purchased in a range of different materials (glass and wood being the most popular), and a bewildering array of designs, colours and patterns.
When you are purchasing your kitchen worktops it’s a good idea to pick out your worktop savers and chopping boards at the same time. If you don’t, you run the risk of using your worktop without protecting it first, and damaging the surface’s finish.