Acrylic Benchtops: Everything You Need to Know

March 20, 2017

Acrylic benchtops can be purchased/installed in a range of colours and designs, and are a hygienic, long-lasting benchtop material. Aesthetically pleasing and extremely easy to look after, you can’t look past the beauty and hardiness of acrylic when choosing a benchtop material.

What are Acrylic Benchtops?

Made completely from acrylic or from an acrylic composite (natural mineral combined with acrylic), acrylic benchtops are solid surfaces with a consistent quality.

They’re usually pre-fabricated, so the installation process will be quick and efficient, and design flexibility means you can choose from waterfall ends or curved edges. You’ll also be able to choose how thick you want your benchtops to be, as acrylic finishes are available in custom thicknesses.

The Advantages of Acrylic Benchtops

Where do we start? Acrylic benchtops come with a host of benefits, all of which will increase the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your kitchen and bathroom benchtops.

A lot of the benefits of this incredibly versatile material stem from the fact it’s non porous, and incredibly hygienic because there are no cracks that can harbour bacteria or other nasty organisms.

To obtain a consistent appearance, you can use the same acrylic as your benchtop as a splashback, or even install a bathroom sink that’s made from acrylic.

How to Care for Your Acrylic Benchtops

Acrylic is known for being easy to care for. Your benchtops can be cleaned with warm water and a mild cleanser. Acrylic is heat resistant, however, try not to place hot items directly on the benchtop, as over time this can damage the acrylic. The same goes for preparing food. Try not to cut your fruit and vegetables directly on the acrylic as it can damage your knives and leave scratch marks on your benchtop – always use a chopping board for safe measure.

However, if your benchtop does get scratched or damaged it will be easy to repair. An abrasive cleaner can be used in combination with a special cleaning pad, such as a scourer to buff out the damage, or if the damage is more serious, sandpaper can be used.

If your benchtop does get damaged, but you’re unsure how to repair it or are a little hesitant to do the repairs yourself, contact Custom Benchtops & Joinery today! Or, if you’re looking at installing acrylic benchtops in your home, give us a call for more information on our great product range and excellent installation services.