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Pulp Non-Fiction: The Benefits of Richlite®

Richlite® is made primarily of paper purchased from FSC-Certified sources and/or recycled paper. The paper is treated with resin then pressed and baked to create solid sheets. Click here to find out more about the paper used in making Richlite®.

Richlite® is different in a natural and better kind of way. The same material has been used for decades by the aerospace industry for tooling, the marine industry for fiberglass reinforcement and the action sports industry for outdoor skate ramp surfaces. It's beautiful, unquestionably durable and will last for years.

Performance Benefits
Stain Resistant
Scratch Resistant
Heat Resistant
Sanitary
Long Cantilevers and Spans

Stain Resistant
Generally speaking, Richlite® resists stains quite well. As with most any material, there is potential for some staining, particularly from red wines, juices, and mustard when left in contact for prolonged periods of time. Most spills and light stains may be cleaned with soap and warm water and scrubbed with a soft bristle brush. More stubborn stains may be repaired by a light refinishing of the material. Visit the Care & Maintenance area of this site for further information.

Scratch Resistant
It's significantly harder than wood but, like most counter top materials, can, under force, be scratched or gouged. Richlite® counter tops should not be used as a cutting surface. Because Richlite is a solid color all the way through, when scratches do occur, there will be no difference in color – unlike many solid surfaces where the scratch appears as a different color then the material. Use of a separate Richlite® cutting board is recommended. Most cuts, scratches and nicks can be repaired with a light refinishing. Visit the Care & Maintenance area of this site for further information.

Heat Resistant
Richlite® is heat resistant up to 350º F. Due to its high heat resistance, the material does not need additional protection near stove areas though a trivet or hot pad is recommended to ensure no damage will be caused by exceedingly hot pots and pans pulled directly out of the oven. Visit the Care & Maintenance area of this site for further information.

Sanitary
Richlite® is recognized for its sanitary performance appreciated by chefs in the home and in high profile commercial kitchens. The National Sanitation Foundation, which sets standards for food service-related products has certified Richlite® Natural for use as cutting boards with direct food contact in restaurants. The same material is used in Richlite® counter tops. The surface is impervious and does not support the colonization of bacteria. Visit the Care & Maintenance area of this site for further information.

Extended Cantilevers and Long Spans
Due to the long, tough fibers inside Richlite®, the material will not bend or break under normal circumstances. As a result architects and designers love the stuff because they can design long spans and extended cantilevers without adding extra support. As a rule of thumb, 3/4”-thick material is structurally stable with a 12” overhang, 1”-thick material is stable up to an 18” overhang, and 1 1/2”-thick is stable up to 24".





To view the exciting colors of Richlite please click on "Richlite Colors"

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