Silestone countertops are visual treats for home and enhance the beauty and durability of any space they are added to. However, they require regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure their longevity. If you are considering adding Silestone worktops to your home, here are some cleaning tips you can make use of to maintain them properly.
Does Silestone Stain?
Silestone is one of the most durable and lasting materials for worktops owing to the fact that it is made of quartz. This makes Silestone highly resistant to chipping, scratching and staining. Since it is a very dense material, it will not absorb any liquids spilt on the worktops. However, that said and done, Silestone worktops will experience some amount of staining with irregular care and maintenance.
Tips to remove everyday dirt and stains
A simple household cleaner would suffice for common, everyday dirt and stains on Silestone kitchen and bathroom countertops. Pour a small amount of cleaning agent on top of the stain and allow it to settle down for three minutes or so. Use a non-scratch pad to wipe off the cleaner and remove any residue with a damp cloth. Wipe the surface with a dry towel.
For Silestone tiles installed as kitchen backsplashes and in bathroom walls, use a limestone remover. Dry the tiles with a soft towel first. Spray the remover on the tiles and wait for about two minutes. Wipe off the tiles with a damp cloth and then with a dry cloth. Repeat twice a week to keep the tiles clean for a long period.
Things to be cautious about:-
Using Sealants and Water Repellents on Silestone Surfaces
Silestone has a natural lustre of its own. Using water repellents or sealants on Silestone surfaces can destroy this natural shine and impart an artificial shine on the surface, which would fade away after a while, making the surface dull and lacklustre. Avoid using any kind of cleaner with a pH of more than 10, as it would destroy the Silestone surface. Dilute such cleaners with equal amounts of water before using them on Silestonesurfaces to protect the latter’s natural sheen and lustre for many years.
Using detergents and cleaning agents used for kitchen appliances
You may be tempted to use detergents and normal cleaning agents used for kitchen appliances on Silestone surfaces. However, you need to be very cautious when using such products on Silestone quartz kitchen worktops. Avoid using degreasing agents normally used for cleaning ovens, as they would spoil the worktop surface. Ensure to always use mild cleaning agents, as this will help preserve the life of the worktop.
Placing hot objects directly on the Silestone surface
Silestone surfaces can be damaged by extreme heat. Hence, avoid placing extremely hot objects directly on Silestone worktops. Use hot pads to absorb the heat of the utensils so that the Silestone surfaces remain safe from the heat of the objects you place on them. These cleaning tips will be of great help to you in case you have Silestone worktops in your bathroom, kitchen or any other area of your house.