While most kitchen and bathroom countertops are commonly made of granite or marble, silestone is another lesser known option. Silestone is a compound made up of 94% natural quartz, one of the hardest materials in nature. Because of this, silestone countertops are extraordinarily resilient and durable. It is a gorgeous material which makes it a desirable piece for countertops throughout the home, indoor or outdoor. Because of the way silestone is created, it’s easy to find many different colors, patterns and textures which can fit perfectly within your idea of style and beauty.
Just as with all countertops, silestone countertops require a unique form of cleaning and maintenance. Because of the way it is created, silestone does not even need polishing. Silestone is made of non-porous materials and, often times, contains an anti-microbial agent, ensuring microorganisms do not flourish on the countertops. In most cases soap and warm water may do the trick but for certain stains, you can clean counters with these options:
- For grease stains, apply a small amount of 409, Windex or a common household cleaner and rub with a scouring pad. Rinse immediately with water.
- For marks left by glasses, use hydrochloric acid on the surface and let sit for one minute. Rinse immediately with water.
- For silicon stains, use a knife and a solvent. Rinse immediately with water.
Due to its resilience, silestone countertops are highly resistant to acids, oils, coffee, wine and soft drinks. However, there are many products you should avoid cleaning with, including:
- Hydrofluoric acid, Dichloromethane, NaOH – caustic soda, and Paint Strippers. Do not use under any circumstance!
- Bleach or Degreasing Agents – Do not use for maintenance. If you do, immediately rinse with water.
- Alkaline products – When this product remains on the surface for more than 12 hours, it may cause the countertop to lose its sheen.
- Trichloroethylene, Acetone and Paint Thinner – These may be used to remove a specific stain but if so, after scrubbing, wipe off the product with water.
- Water Repellants – Do not use water repellants or sealants to bring out the luster.
With these simple cleaning tips, you will be able to enjoy your silestone countertop for many years to come! For more information on silestone countertops, contact the professionals at Stone Tech Marble.