Silestone quartz is one of the hardest countertops available and is extremely resistant to scratching, chipping and staining. It’s important to note that it is “resistant “, which means that in theory it can be damaged.
You still need to take proper care of your countertop to make sure that it leads a long and healthy life but if you do happen to make a mistake with it, the chances are good that it will be able to withstand the situation without leaving a mark.
What Makes Silestone So Durable?
This type of countertop is manufactured with natural quartz using polymer resins as the binding agent. Quartz is one of the hardest rocks to be found in nature and approximately 93% of your countertop will be formed with it.
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In fact, there is a hardness scale called a Mohs that gives quartz a measurement of 7/10 for its hardness. When you consider that a diamond scores 10/10, you can see just how hard quartz really is. For you as a homeowner this means that cracking and chipping are very unlikely to happen with normal use and care of your countertop.
Quartz Is A Dense Material
Silestone is extremely dense, which means that liquids can’t get absorbed into the countertop. It is very difficult to stain quartz since the liquid has no chance to seep down into the material. In most cases all you’ll need to do is to wipe up any spills right away with a damp cloth and then get back to cooking.
If you happened to miss a spill and need to clean it up after some time has passed, you may want to use some mild dish detergent to get the counter looking like new again.
Your Countertop Can Replace Your Cutting Board
Many people claim you should never use your Silestone counter as a cutting board since it can get scratched by cutting into it over and over again. Personally, I do this all the time and have never had a problem.
You probably don’t cut any food items on the countertop that you currently own anyway, so just keep on doing what you are doing to cut up your meats, veggies and fruits and your counter will be fine.
Silestone Is Scorch Resistant
Quartz is highly resistant to burning but it is always advised that you use some type of protective pad when you’re placing a hot pan on the counter. This will help to protect your countertop from any damage that may occur due to extremely high heat coming into contact with it.
Again, I never do this. I place the hot pots and pans directly on the counter. If I have one that is scorching hot then I use a trivet but for most situations I never give it a second thought.
While Silestone is very resistant to scratching, chipping, staining and heat, it is still necessary to take the precautions necessary to keep it protected as much as possible.
What is nice to know, however, is that many people that have purchased quartz countertops place hot cookware on them and go without a cutting board all the time and their countertops are holding up perfectly.