Silestone Countertops - Engineered To Perfection
Properties of silestone countertops
What are the characteristics of this man-made stone that makes it one of the most-preferred countertop materials?
Durability - This stone is said to have four times the flexural strength of granite, making it less prone to damage during transport, fabrication, installation, and daily use. This refers to the stone's degree of flexibility coupled with its resistance to damage.
Like granite, it can stand up to stress from objects being heaped on it and from slicing and chopping directly on its surface. You can even knead dough or use a rolling pin directly on the surface of silestone countertops.
Heat-resistance - These hardy countertops can take anything, from piping hot soup pots to freezing cold ice cream tumblers on their surfaces. Unlike other synthetic materials such as formica or laminates which can easily warp or get burn stains from extremes in temperatures, silestone doesn't show any signs of buckling no matter how hot or cold an object put on top of it may be.
Stain-resistance - Granite needs to have sealant applied on it to make it impervious to spills and staining. Silestone countertops, on the other hand, are engineered to keep any sort of chemical from penetrating their surfaces. Thus, you won't have to fuss about accidentally spilling juice, oil, coffee, tea, or wine on your beautiful countertop.
Scratch-resistance - A Silestone countertop is also guaranteed to resist scratches from household utensils and other objects accidentally scraped on its surface. As there are only three other minerals (diamond, topaz, sapphire) said to be tougher than its component, quartz, you can expect a Silestone countertop to look as good as new after years of reasonable use.
Luster - This refers to the sheen you'd find in Silestone countertops. It is actually caused by the natural minerals found in it, which synthetic materials cannot duplicate. While quartz is this material's main ingredient, manufacturers have included other colors to ensure that you'll find the particular slab you're looking for. Silestone colors can be of a solid color, or mottled and textured just like granite.
How is Silestone cleaned?
A countertop made of this material can be cleaned regularly with mild soap. Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents or those that have harsh acids. Also use a soft absorbent cloth rather than Brillo pads which may scratch the glossy surfaces, making them dull over time.
Some brands even have antimicrobial products incorporated in the stone so you'll get protection in every slab you buy. This innovation safely fights the proliferation of odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and mold. With it, you'll get countertop surfaces that are easy to clean and that stay sterilized longer in between cleanings.