Silestone is a durable and incredibly tough worktop material that needs minimal maintenance. However, cleaning is required every now and again, to maintain and restore the shine of this practical surface material.
Cosentino offers Silestone quartz (made of over 90% natural quartz, resins, polymers and other pigments) with a 25-year available warranty. This proves that the worktop material is highly durable and likely to last for decades.
Silestone Lyra Quartz
Considering its non-porous nature that’s not prone to staining, scratching, etching or cracking, Silestone products don’t require high maintenance. However, homeowners need to ensure regular cleaning and upkeep of the Silestone worktop using simple DIY tips or a special Silestone Q-Boost cleaner to keep it in great shape for years or decades to come.
Here are some easy yet advanced cleaning tips to maintain Consentino Silestone worktops:
For day-to-day cleaning, users need to wipe off the worktop surface using a damp cloth. They may even use a pH neutral household cleaner like a dish wash bar or all-purpose cleaner to wipe off the surface. It’s recommended NOT to use any abrasive or harsh chemicals such as oven cleaners or bleach to clean its surface. Also, avoid using abrasive scrubs or cleaning cloths made of steel wool for cleaning. For, these materials can cause micro-pitting or scratches on the worktop surface.
Most homeowners are worried about using limescale remover on quartz worktops, as it can easily damage natural stones like limestone and marble. However, Silestone surfaces are tougher than natural stones, so limescale removers like vinegar can work wonders to remove stains.
Other Marks and Spillage stains
Silestone is non-porous and doesn’t absorb liquid. Therefore, it is very difficult to get it stained, unlike some natural stones. But if a spill is missed and dries on the surface, it may become complicated to remove. In this case, you can remove it using gentle cleaners and non-abrasive cloth or sponge. If this does not work, you must consult professional to help you find the right cleaning solution.
If your Silestone surface has started to appear matte or dull over the years, it’s time to act. The most usual cause of dirt, grease or wax build-up is the lack of cleanliness. But this can be taken care of if you follow these tips. If you notice grease build-up, wash the surface to keep it grease-free. If there is a build-up of wax or other things, it’s best to clean the surface using a specialist spray on the worktop. It will help in cutting through the build-up and enable the worktop surface to maintain its natural sheen for a long time.
Besides regular cleaning, experts also suggest overall deeper cleaning in intervals. To get the best results, one must spray a good amount of any gentle, nonabrasive worktop cleaner on the worktop and allow it to sit for 3 minutes. After that, wipe off the surface using a non-abrasive sponge or cloth.
To maintain the original lustre or shine of Silestone, manufacturers have created a special Silestone N-Boost or Q-Boost revolutionary technologies to improve the DNA of these worktop surfaces. This innovation helps in enhancing the shine, preventing adhesion of liquids and intensifying colour of the surface. The treated worktops bear hydro-repellent properties of the latest Silestone N-BOOST technology. Hence, it becomes easier to clean stains after any liquid spillage. N-Boost also enhances the colour and shine of the surface, making light to reflect from it more intensely. This helps in making the surface appear attractive.
Homeowners must use hot pads and trivets on Silestone worktops when placing hot pots or pans on their surface. Although this surface is scorch- and heat-resistant, the minimal presence of resin (plastic material) in quartz countertops makes is prone to melting at heat more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Any prolonged exposure or sudden heat changes from utensils could damage its surface. So, it’s best to use a hot pad or trivet for safety.