Caring for Your New Silestone Countertop

silestone, silestone counter, kitchen countersSilestone is a fairly new type of material for kitchen counters. It’s a type of engineered stone, which is usually crushed quartz mixed with pigments and polymer resin, formed, cured then processed like natural stone. Because the materials that make up engineered stone can be controlled and it lacks the fissures and flaws that are inevitably found in natural stone, the color, textures, and durability of a Silestone counter can be very consistent. When engineered stone kitchen counters suffer damage, the repair should be able to match the rest of the counter exactly in color, texture, and strength. If an engineered stone counter does suffer damage, it’s best to call in a professional to fix it.

Caring for a Silestone counter is easy. Unlike porous stones such as marble or granite, engineered stone does not need to be sealed. It resists scratching and staining. Scratches are not as noticeable because the pigment has penetrated throughout the slab. Engineered stone holds up well even when screaming hot pots and pans are placed on it. However, manufacturers warn that very hot items not be placed on a countertop of engineered stone, because it can cause damage. Hot items should always be placed on a trivet.

Usually, a normally dirty Silestone counter only needs to be wiped down with mild dishwashing detergent and a damp cloth. Another clean cloth should be used to rinse it. However, bleach should not be used on engineered stone because it can ruin the color.

For stains caused by food, wine or rust, a special cleanser made for engineered stone should be sprayed on the stain and left for about two minutes. Then, it should be rubbed in gentle circles with a scouring pad. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the residue, then use white paper towels to dry the Silestone thoroughly.

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