Silestone is a quartz counter top surface, considered to be one of the world’s leading materials for counter-top use. It combines both beauty and strength to complete what is considered a superior choice for both home and office surfaces, though it is most well known and widely used for kitchen surface purposes.
Silestone possess the timeless beauty and sophisticated elegance that comes with any stone counter top. The natural Quartz that can be found in Silestone delivers depth, glimmering radiance, a cool, solid feel and brilliant clarity. These are all characteristics that are unique to natural stone, and therefore cannot be found in man-made materials like Formica or butcher block.
Silestone is also incredibly versatile, as it can be used in many different indoor surfacing applications, including but not limited to kitchen counter tops, bathroom vanities and surrounds for tubs and showers, backsplashes, walls, floors, table tops, desktops, surrounds for fireplaces and wet bars.
There are only three natural minerals that are harder than quartz, so unless you plan on using diamonds, sapphires or topaz on or around your Silestone counter top, you can look forward to natural scratch-resistance. Quartz has received a seven on the Mohs Hardness Scale for strength. Silestone is not completely scratch-proof however, so beware of excessive pressure or force which may damage it.
Silestone is also non-porous and polished, which makes it highly resistant to stains from liquids like wine, lemon juice, coffee, olive oil, make up and vinegar among many other common household products. Sealing is not necessary to keep Silestone’s lustrous shine, which sets it apart from stone products like Granite.
Silestone is also known for having at least four times the strength of granite. This means that it is less susceptible to injuries like cracking and chipping, especially during installation and transportation.
The polished Silestone counter top surface is also maintenance free, as there is no need to seal it. Because it is a non-porous surface, soapy water or a mild household clear will easily keep the surface clean. Do not use oven or floor cleaners, as they can damage the surface.
Silestone is available in many dazzling colors, including daring bright colors and neutral hues, which ensures that there is a color to suit nearly any taste or style.
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