All you need to know about using Slate for kitchen worktops

The kitchen is one of the gourmet areas that are relatively challenging to decorate as it requires sturdy materials that will facilitate food preparation although at the same time these need to be in line with the aesthetics of the rest of the room. When it comes to the kitchen worktops, keeping them clean can become hard task, which is mainly due to the fact that the kitchen can easily accumulate a lot of dirt, depending on how much work is carried out on them on a daily basis.

That is why Slate kitchen worktops are in high demand in the UK surface market at the moment. They provide a subtle yet luxurious look without taking much notice of the fact that a kitchen will show not only age but also natural charm that only natural slate can provide.

Whether you want to implement slate surfaces in an island in your large gourmet kitchen space, a U-shaped kitchen or a Country type kitchen in your property; here is all you need to know about using Slate kitchen worktops.

Image of Black Slate kitchen worktops with a matching chopping board

Slate surfaces come with added benefits
This stone is made out of natural components from volcanic ash and clay that produces a density in the classic colours crafting fine grains in a distinct background. Natural Slate comes mainly in predominantly black and charcoal colours which are mostly original from either Brazil in South America or Italy in Europe. There are also some other Slate colours ranging from green to burgundy that are sourced in the North of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Wales.

Some of the sedimentary rocks found in Slate truly bring out an inspiration for contemporary, sophisticated, retro, urban décor, among several others. 
It is favourable to all interior and exterior applications due to its exclusive thickness availability that ranges from 20mm to 30mm which made it a favourite choice when it comes to roofing and construction over the last century.

The average sized large slab comes in 2400x1500mm dimension, which makes it suitable for tall and long width flooring of hotels, shopping malls, and homes. Other types of application in Slate include fireplace hearths and surrounds, steps and stairs and areas in the balcony, terrace, patio, wall claddings, and other utility rooms. 
Another benefit worth mentioning is that this unique product can increase the value of your property by having a natural material that won’t fade over time, which is great news to those seeking a great return on their property investment.

With appropriate maintenance, its natural properties won’t wear out and will easily resist the test of time. 
Popular finishing for the Slate

Black Slate Riven:
Riven offers a soft texture and extra elegance. The layers create natural movements in random veins with mineral hints and delicate white tones. Other finishes include Aged, Bush hammered, Sandblasted and Tumbled.

Black Riven Slate worktops from Italy shown are on the above image

Black Slate Honed:
Should you want to uphold a uniformed look and feel in the rooms, then Honed is an absolute choice. With a smooth matte look that decreases an extra gloss in the surface but at the same time, it retains the balance without losing its natural beauty.

Black Slate Satinato finish:
Quarried both in Italy and Brazil, this finish is called Satinato and it is also known as a leather finish. The aged look and subtle veins add an authentic touch for indoors and outdoors projects.

Slate Maintenance
Slate surfaces are one of the most cost-effective investments when it comes to natural stone surfaces. Aside from the enhanced durability and a variety of finishes to satisfy all lifestyles of customers, this stone requires low-maintenance in its original intended use as it will show age and marks that display a touch of your personality and lifestyle.

Slate is not a stone for those who wish to have their worktops pristine at all times, since as with any black plain surface marks do show much more than on a warm coloured one or than in a patterned surface as they disguise marks much more. Professionals installers like MKW Surfaces based in London will assure the product quality by applying a finishing that only requires regular maintenance. For everyday basic cleaning, use a neutral pH cleaner such as Lithofin Power Cleaner.

Slate is powerful but the quarries advise to never conduct food preparations directly on the surface. You can use a prescribed flat board to serve this purpose. Also, avoiding acidic chemical products would refrain from any potential damage to the stone surface.

These simple steps will keep the physical integrity of your Slate kitchen worktops making them last for a long time.