Care of Silestone

Updated February 21, 2017

Silestone is a highly durable element formed from quartz and used to make countertops and sinks. This high-quality surface is non-porous, meaning that stains and discolouration are extremely rare. That makes Silestone ideal for kitchen areas that commonly come into contact with spills and foods that can easily stain. Caring for Silestone is fairly easy when following the right cleaning routine.

How to Clean Silestone

Silestone can be cleaned daily with a little water and a few drops of liquid dish detergent. In a spray bottle, mix two cups of warm water with two spoonfuls of liquid dish soap. Spray onto surfaces and wipe clean for a streak-free shine. Keep the spray bottle on hand and use it as a daily cleaner for Silestone sinks and countertops.

Sometimes Silestone comes into contact with raw foods and bacteria that require a more powerful disinfectant. In this instance, distilled white vinegar is the best option. It is a mild cleanser that will not harm the Silestone surface. Make a diluted solution using two cups of water and one cup of distilled white vinegar. Spray onto countertops and sinks, then wipe clean with a cloth or sponge. This will effectively clean and disinfect the Silestone surface.

Stains on Silestone

Stains rarely occur on Silestone, but sometimes the surface will come into contact with a spill that seems nearly impossible to remove. To pull the stain out of the Silestone, you need a mild, non-abrasive element. Baking soda works perfectly in this situation. Make a paste by adding a cup of baking soda to a dish, then stirring in water a spoonful at a time until you have formed a thick paste, about the consistency of peanut butter. Spread a thick layer over the stain, and let sit until dry. This may take a few hours, or overnight in some cases. When the paste has completely dried, wipe it off with a damp cloth or sponge. The stain should be gone. Repeat if there is any remaining stain.

How to Care for Silestone

Silestone is heavily resistant to scratches, stains and heat. Little effort is required to maintain the Silestone, but there are a few basic rules to follow. Although Silestone is scratch-resistant, it is still a good idea to use a cutting board when slicing and chopping foods. Stains will not easily be absorbed into the surface, so wiping clean with a damp cloth when a spill occurs will prevent the stain from setting in.

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