The maintenance of Krion work tops is very largely a matter of common sense. It is more a case of avoiding damage, rather than trying to repair it afterwards.

A few “don’ts”: don’t place hot pans out of the oven, or off the hob, directly on the Krion work surface. It will tolerate quite a considerable amount of heat, but not boiling hot pans.

Don’t chop or cut foods directly on the surface. This is asking for scratches or cuts. You may well do more damage to the knife blade than the Krion, but why take the risk? Always use a chopping board – preferably a wooden one, as this will do less damage to your knife blades than those made of other materials.

Don’t let acids or other similar liquids get on the surface. It will happily reject red wine, coffee, tea, lemon juice, vinegar, and much more without staining. If you should spill these, simply wipe off as soon as you see them.

However, it is not a good idea to let paint thinners, nail varnish, acetone, and other chemicals to lie on the surface. They may do no harm, but again – do not take the risk. As it is a kitchen surface for food preparation, you should really not have these in the kitchen anyway.

Equally, try not to drop heavy objects on the Krion work top. Many people use cast-iron pots and pans, which are really great for cooking, but also extremely heavy. If this is you, store them in cupboards under the work tops, rather than above. This way, if you should happen to drop a pan, it will only land on the floor rather than your work top.

Krion surfaces come in a satin finish with a slight gloss, or a matt finish.

If you have the satin finish, simply clean daily with a damp cloth, using gentle, creamy cleaners. Always rub in a circular motion, and dry with a towel. Krion recommend CIF or VIM cream.

If you have more stubborn stains, clean with a gentle cleaner using a blue Scotch Brite pad, again rubbing in a circular motion, and rinse and dry the surface with a towel. More persistent stains should be treated with a green Scotch Brite pad, followed by a blue one, and rinsed and dried.

Sinks should be cleaned as usual, and then treated with a creamy bleach left overnight. Then rinse and rub with a damp cloth. If pouring boiling liquids into a sink, run the cold tap at the same time.

In most cases, any damage caused by heat, chemicals, or impact, can be repaired very simply. Krion supply a cleaning and restoration product which should be applied to satin surfaces using a circular motion with a cotton cloth. Continue the treatment over the whole of the damaged area.

In the case of a matt finish, use a product such as Ajax, and a green Scotch Brite pad.

If you should suffer deeper cuts, it is best to call upon the services of a qualified Krion installer.