Looking after your Samsung Staron work top is largely a matter of common sense. It is fairly hardy material, but nonetheless should be given some respect.

Staron is heat resistant to the extent that it can be used right up against a cooker, or as a splash back behind it. Any hot fat splashes or spills can simply be wiped off with a damp cloth.

However, never put a hot pan directly from the hob or the oven on to a Staron surface. Samsung say that it is heat resistant to 170°F, so you should always use either a heat pad, or a trivet with rubber feet.

Equally, you should not chop or cut up foods directly on a Staron surface, as there is always a danger of cutting or scratching it. Even if you do not damage the Staron surface, you will be dulling your knife blade, so it is always best practice to use a chopping board. The best kind of chopping board is still a wooden one, as it is kinder to your knives.

Do not allow strong chemicals such as paint thinners, acetone, oven cleaners, and so on, to come into contact with a Staron surface. If this should happen, the area should be flushed with water as quickly as possible. Stains and minor scratches should be removed using a detergent, and then wiped dry.

Occasionally clean the surface using an ammonia based cleaner with a damp cloth or a sponge, and then wipe dry. To disinfect surfaces, wipe with a mixture of 50:50 household bleach and water, then dry with a towel.

If you have a Staron sink, run some cold water when pouring boiling water into it.

While Staron will withstand ordinary knocks and bumps, it is not a good idea to drop heavy items on to it from a height. For this reason, if you use heavy cast-iron cooking pots and pans, they are best stored in cupboards underneath the Staron surface, rather than above it. This way, if you should happen to drop a pan, it will simply finish up on the floor instead of on your work top.

Treating cuts and scratches on your Staron work top will depend on the finish. Staron comes in three finishes described as dull (or matt), medium gloss, and high gloss.

All three surfaces can be sanded in a circular motion, using 180 grit or 220 grit fine sandpaper in the case of the matt finish, and 400 grit sandpaper in the case of medium or high gloss.

When the scratch or cut has been removed, finish the matt surface by using soap and water, together with a green Scotch Brite pad and blend in with the surrounding area.

The medium gloss surface can be finished using a mild abrasive household cleaner and a white Scotch Brite pad.

In the case of the high gloss finish it will need polishing with a polishing compound using a low speed (1,500 – 2,000 rpm) polisher with a wool pad. Finish off the surface with a wax polish to restore the sheen.