Material Science: Choosing the Optimal Worktop

Material Science: Choosing the Optimal Worktop

In the search for a new kitchen, very few people pay much attention to the countertop. Here, attention is paid only to a suitable color. Much more important is the choice of the right material, and there is a wide choice.

Basically, all worktops :

  • spilled water or sauces instantly wipe up
  • hot pans or pans not directly Turn off the pads
  • Do not allow moisture to penetrate the joints
  • Do not cut directly on the worktop

Worktops are made of the following materials :

High Pressure Laminate (HPL)

The & quot; Laminate & quot; is the first choice for most kitchen owners. It offers good value for money, is available in a wide range of colors and finishes, and is also impact-resistant and heat-resistant. The carrier material is a chipboard, the decorative layer consists of HPL . The paper webs were impregnated with plastic and then pressed under heat and pressure. HPL surfaces have proven themselves, not least thanks to their large selection of decorative surfaces in the furniture and interior design sectors. Thanks to their high drag resistance , they are exceptionally impact and scratch resistant as well as insensitive to light and stains. Even hot pots, cigarette butts, and household chemicals do not bother the material.

A tip for home improvement

Moisture is the biggest enemy of the kitchen chipboard . Who wants to install a worktop itself, should pay attention to the cleanest possible work when cutting, drilling and sealing. Otherwise, HPL's support material could swell up.


The granite countertop is one of the most easy-care natural materials. The surface is not coated, but very smooth polished . It not only looks extremely good, but is also insensitive to water and acids such as alcohol, vinegar and juices. Granite slabs are almost indestructible and very suitable for everyday kitchen use. Granite worktops have their price, but the investment is worthwhile.

Care instructions

  • damp cloth with little detergent is sufficient for cleaning
  • avoid aggressive cleaners or oil-based polishes
  • Fats and fruit juices cause stains when exposed for a long time, so remove them immediately.


Plastic is also becoming more common than finding material for a worktop. The main advantage is the low price.

Care tips

  • Plastic is very sensitive to heat , so do not place hot pots or pans on the worktop.
  • Stubborn dirt can be easily removed with foaming detergent
  • Scouring agents and nitro or synthetic resin dilutions are unsuitable for cleaning

Stainless steel

In professional kitchens, only stainless steel is used for worktops, and with good reason. The material is robust, hygienic, easy to clean, decorative and resistant to chemicals. Stainless steel worktops are usually not coated and therefore retain their beautiful textured and matt surface.

Important when cleaning

  • The fine textured grooves of the stainless steel surface are an easy victim for dirt and grease. Only stainless steel care sprays often help.
  • For simple soiling, wipe the stainless steel surface with hot water, a soft cloth, and a mild liquid cleaner. Then wipe with clear water and rub dry with a cloth.
  • Stains and small scratches can be easily removed: Simply process whiting cream and one tablespoon of soft soap to form a paste. Then apply the paste with a cloth to the moistened worktop, rub and polish back.


Another material that is great in the kitchen is wood. It is sturdy, with careful sealing resistant to damp wet, grease, vinegar and other contaminants and radiates a pleasant warmth. However, when it comes to use and care, there are some things to keep in mind:

  • Do not work directly on the work surface, the protective lacquer layer is injured
  • Do not put hot pans and pans on the kitchen worktop without underlay
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to water , stains appear or the material warps
  • mild detergent is recommended for cleaning, spread it with a damp cloth, then dry rub
  • Solid wood worktops regularly with caring oil

3 Selection criteria for worktop

  1. Resistance : Hard stone like granite is particularly resistant. From a hygienic point of view, it is important because dirt can settle in notches. This is the case with wood, among others. Stainless steel is also recommended, scratches are only superficial, dirt can not settle here.
  2. Stain resistance : Artificial materials such as plastic are non-porous and insensitive to stains. The situation is different with wood and natural stone. Liquids can be drawn in if they are not removed immediately.
  3. Heat resistance : If you are looking for maximum heat resistance, you can not go wrong with countertops made of stainless steel, granite or marble. Wood, on the other hand, is very sensitive and can become quite discolored.

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