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Silestone quartz countertops are strong, durable and beautiful. However, one of the most important reasons to choose Silestone quartz over other types of natural stone is that they require far less maintenance and have a wider choice of colors.
What is Silestone?
Silestone countertops are an engineered quartz surface which means it is created from crushed quartz, one of the hardest stones on Earth, that has been mixed with resins and pigments. It is more durable and lighter than other natural stones like granite or marble. In addition, Silestone is the only countertop that includes Bacteriostatic Protection.
Advantages of Silestone
Because Silestone is created from 94 percent natural quartz, it is much more durable than marble or granite. It is stain, scratch, crack and chip resistant. The Bacteriostatic Protection makes it more hygienic as well since the counter resists the collection of bacteria that other types of natural stone cannot. The stone does not require sealing and it is non-absorbent so that substances that may stain other stone counters do not stain Silestone countertops.
Advantages of Silestone include:
- Resistant to acid
- Resistant to knocks
- Resistant to stains
- Resistant to scratching
- More than 70 colors to choose from
- 3 Unique Finishes
- 10 Year Warranty
Silestone Bacteriostatic Protection
Although most engineered stone counters are designed to resist bacteria, Silestone has developed a surface that prevents the propagation of bacteria. Silver ions are included in the manufacturing of the counter so the entire surface has added protection against contamination.
Another advantage to Silestone is that countertops are available in a variety of surfaces. Suede finish counters are soft to the touch and provide you with a matte finish while the volcanic texture has a more rustic surface although it is still soft to the touch. If you want the elegance and gloss of natural stone, however, you may want to choose the polished texture.
Maintenance and Care
If you choose the polished surface, clean your countertops with a mild product like Windex or Lysol. Allow the cleaner to sit on stubborn stains for a few minutes before using a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to scrub the stain. Other finishes should be cleaned with mild soap and water with a soft cloth. Never use harsh chemicals on engineered stone countertops.
Always use a cutting board. Although the counters are scratch resistant, it is possible that repeated strikes with a knife could cause damage but the main reason to use a cutting board is to keep from dulling your knives too quickly.