Silestone Quartz FAQ
Silestone Quartz Countertops Advantages:
Silestone Countertops have a variety of Colors and Edges:
Silestone countertops and Silestone surfaces are available in a wide array of dazzling colors, from conservative neutral hues, to daring bright colors, ensuring that there is a Silestone color to suit most any style or taste. Silestone delivers a uniformity and consistency that allows for virtually unlimited edge designs. Because of this, Silestone is fast becoming one of the most popular surfaces for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops.
Silestone Countertops have Extreme Versatility:
Silestone can be used in virtually any indoor surfacing application in kitchens, bathrooms and floors, including: countertops, island tops, vanities, tub and shower surrounds, backsplashes, walls, wet bars, tabletops, desktops, fireplace surrounds and more.
Silestone Countertops are Scratch-Resistant:
The quartz in Silestone makes it naturally scratch-resistant. Only three other natural minerals – diamond, sapphire and topaz – are harder than quartz. Quartz is a seven on Mohs Hardness Scale (diamond is a 10). So, while a careless slip of the knife will scratch most other countertops such as laminates and solid surfaces, it won’t leave a mark on Silestone. Although Silestone is durable, it is not scratch-proof; it could be damaged with excessive force or pressure.
Silestone Countertops are Maintenance-Free:
Because it is non-porous, Silestone countertops do not need to be sealed. Granite, marble, limestone, travetine, and soapstone on the other hand, must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly to prevent staining. Silestone is a maintenance-free star compared to solid surfaces that may require rigorous maintenance to clean up tough stains, scratches and scorch marks. This makes maintaining your beautiful kitchen and bathroom countertops easier than ever before.
Silestone Countertops are Stain-Resistant:
Silestone countertops are non-porous and therefore have a high resistance to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup, and many other common household products. Unlike granite, Silestone does not need to be sealed to keep its lustrous shine. This characteristic is one of the main reasons that more and more people are choosing Silestone for their kitchen countertops and other surfaces throughout their homes than ever before.
Silestone Countertops are Scorch-Resistant:
Unlike solid surfaces and laminates, Silestone is scorch-resistant. It will withstand limited exposure to heat without burning or scorching. The fire of a lit match will not mar Silestone. However, as advised by crock pot and electric skillet manufacturers, do not place these items directly on any countertop. Always use trivets when placing hot items on any natural stone or quartz surface to avoid thermal shock.
Innovation of Silestone Countertops:
Silestone leads its category in innovative ideas for a product that already is known for its ingenious physical properties and customer benefits. Silestone offers the most colors in natural quartz; the most innovative sink installation methods, such as integrated, flush- and bevel-mounted; and the latest, newest products such as the exclusive Silestone Leather™ with bacteriostatic product protection.
Strength of Silestone Countertops is Top-Notch:
Silestone has four times the flexural strength of granite, making it less susceptible to chipping and cracking during transportation and installation. This also makes it ideal for heavily used surfaces like kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, flooring, tiling, bathtub and shower surrounds, and nearly any surface you can imagine.
Reliability of Silestone Countertops:
Silestone natural quartz surfaces result from a tightly controlled process to ensure reliable performance, color consistency and ultimate durability every time. Cosentino backs its Silestone slabs with a limited 15-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Care and Maintenance of Silestone Countertops:
For Silestone Quartz with a polished finish, we recommend you use a mild household cleaner, such as 409®, Fantastik®, Lysol®, or Windex®. In case of stubborn spills or stains, soak the area for up to 10 minutes with one of the above cleaners and vigorously wipe away with a non scratch Scotch Brite® pad.
Silestone® Leather™ does show daily living more frequently and therefore requires more daily maintenance than other Silestone Quartz products. For your daily cleaning routine we recommend Countertop Magic™ follow instructions on bottle of cleaner.
The natural quartz in Silestone makes it the toughest interior surface available on the market. It resists scratching, staining and scorching better than any other natural stone or solid surface. Do avoid excessive force or pressure because that may mar or chip the surface. Don’t worry about spills from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup, and many other common household products; just avoid harsh chemicals. And don’t worry about dropping a lit match onto your Silestone counter top; it won’t scorch. But, use trivets when placing any hot items to avoid thermal shock.
- Do not place Silestone outdoors or in places with UV lighting.
- Over the years the color and shade of Silestone products may suffer from the effect of the sun’s rays.
- Do not use water repellents or sealants to bring out the lustre of Silestone Countertops.
- Once it has been installed, the sheen on Silestone is the natural lustre of the product itself.
- Sealants and water repellents provide an artificial, ephemeral shine.
- Do not use paint strippers, caustic soda, or products with a ph of more than 10 on Silestone surfaces.
- If bleach or solvent is used, it should be diluted with water and never left in permanent contact with the product.
- Bleach and solvent can continue to affect the product 12 hours later.
- Do not use chlorine-based products like dichloromethane (present in paint stripper)
- The surface of the material should not be re-polished – either on floors or on a countertop.
- Do not use degreasing agents such as those used in oven cleaners.
- Keep Silestone counter tops separate from sources of heat (deep-fat fryers, etc.).
Although Silestone countertops and Silestone surfaces can withstand high temperatures for short periods of time, its performance varies with respect to different factors like thickness, color, location, etc. For this reason, it is not recommended that the product be exposed to sustained contact with a heat source, nor should hot saucepans, frying pans, deep-fat fryers, etc be placed on it. The use of a hot pad or trivet is recommended in such situations.
We always recommend placing hot objects on top of hot pads instead of your Silestone tops.
Other Facts about SileStone
How is Silestone different from granite?
Silestone is superior to granite because it is more consistent and therefore more reliable. Unlike granite, Silestone natural quartz does not need to be sealed. The flexural strength in Silestone makes it easier to handle than granite, reducing mishaps during fabrication, transportation and installation. And while Silestone and granite both show the beautiful depth of color unique to quartz, there is more natural quartz found in Silestone than in any piece of granite. The composition of granite is up to 40 percent quartz – less than half the quartz in Silestone.
How is Silestone different from solid surfaces?
While solid surfaces are made of plastic, Silestone is natural quartz — one of the toughest and most beautiful elements found in nature; surpassed in hardness only by diamond, topaz and sapphire. Thus, while solid surfaces are susceptible to scratches, stains and scorches, Silestone remains intact with regular use requiring no maintenance or special care.
How durable is Silestone?
Silestone keeps its beautiful looks because it is hard at the core.
Scratch-resistance of Silestone Countertops:
Common household accidents such as a dropped knife, a fallen piece of glass or errant scissors will not scratch Silestone because only materials as hard as, or harder than, Silestone will scratch it. Beware: no surface is indestructible. And while Silestone is highly scratch-resistant, it is not scratch-proof. Another piece of Silestone, as well as some metals and harder minerals may scratch Silestone. The surface also can be damaged if enough force or pressure is applied against it.
Stain-resistance of Silestone Countertops:
As for Silestone’s stain-resistance, it results from the advanced stone process that gives Silestone its consistency and density. Because Silestone is non-porous, most spills stay on the surface and are easy to clean with soapy water or a regular household cleaner. Yet as with any other stone or surface, strong chemicals and solvents such as Drano®, Liquid Plummer®, all oven cleaners and floor strippers will damage the surface and must not be used on Silestone. Heat-resistance
Silestone is heat- and scorch-resistant. It will withstand limited exposure to heat without burning or scorching. The fire of a lit match will not mar the Silestone countertop. However, as advised by crock-pot and electric skillet manufacturers, do not place these items directly on any countertop. We recommend the use of trivets when placing hot items on a Silestone surface to avoid thermal shock.
Antimicrobial protection of Silestone Countertops:
Silestone® with Microban® provides continuous antimicrobial cleaning action that inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold & mildew that cause stains and odors. Silestone is non-porous and therefore any bacteria that make it onto the surface, remain on the surface and are easy to eliminate. Silestone with Microban now will fight bacteria as well, keeping the surface even cleaner.
Why should builders choose Silestone® over other materials for their projects?
Silestone delivers peace of mind, reliable service and consistent high quality to builders. With Silestone, builders enhance their projects with natural quartz while enjoying a headache-free delivery system, because Silestone’s flexural strength makes it easier to transport and install with less breakage. Customers may select their Silestone colors from samples without needing to travel to a fabricator’s site. And the mature network of distributor/fabricators makes Silestone readily available to builders across the country.
All of the above, added to the Step Up Your StandardsTM with Silestone program designed specifically for builders, make Silestone ideal for builders’ projects.
Why should homeowners choose Silestone over other materials for their homes?
Because with Silestone, homeowners get it all: the beauty of natural quartz, unparalleled durability and product versatility. With Silestone, homeowners need not compromise looks over performance. Silestone is the superior choice for countertops, vanity tops, shower walls, flooring and more. Plus homeowners enjoy the 10-year manufacturer’s warranty offered by Cosentino on all Silestone natural quartz and the antimicrobial protection delivered by Microban built in Silestone.