Caesarstone Quartz Worktops

Caesarstone is one of the major manufacturers of quartz worktops for the kitchen. While many people think that quartz is a natural stone material (and indeed it is, being a minor gemstone) when used in worktops it is engineered.

When compared to marble and granite for instance the difference will become apparent. Marble and granite are quarried, that is cut out of the ground in slabs. So is quartz, but that is where the similarity ends. Marble or granite slabs are sent to the factory for processing where they are cut into thinner slabs (usually about 30 mm) for use as worktops and then polished.

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Quartz, on the other hand is pulverised into tiny fragments which are then mixed with a resin. The finished product is about 93% quartz and 7% resin and colouring. This makes for an extremely hard versatile material with several beneficial properties for use in kitchens, bathrooms and so on.

The materials are inspected and then mixed together. These are then poured into a mould and made into slabs 120″ x 57″. Each slab is then subject to a special vacuum and vibration process at a pressure of 100 tons. The slabs are moved to a curing kiln at a temperature of ninety degrees C for 45 minutes which is what gives Caesarstone quartz worktops their incredible strength.

The slabs are then calibrated, polished and finished in either a honed (matt) finish, fully polished, or textured.

Caesarstone has been tested by Breton Spa in Italy and compared to granite, laminates, and solid surfaces for stain resistance, scratch resistance, low maintenance and eight other categories. Caesarstone scored “excellent” in all categories other than heat and burn resistance where it was awarded a “good”. By comparison all the other materials had scores which included “poor”, and granite and laminate only had two in which they were “excellent” compared with the ten of Caesarstone.

Caesarstone Quartz Worktops have been rated on average 4.2 out of 5, based on 754 customer reviews.

Because it is a stone material Caesarstone is naturally cool and is excellent for rolling out doughs and pastries. It is simple to clean, generally requiring no more than a wipe with a damp cloth. If something like egg yolk should get stuck to it an ordinary scourer (not wire wool) can be used to remove it. Red wine, coffee, oil and butter spills – which can be lethal to granite and marble – will simply sit on the surface until you get around to wiping them off. This is important in the cooker or hob area where hot oil can spit out of a pan unnoticed.

As with any surface it is not a good idea to place hot pans directly on to Caesarstone; rather, use a trivet or heat pad instead. You should also not chop or cut foods directly on the surface but use a chopping board. You are not likely to damage Caesarstone by chopping on it but you may damage your knife blade.

Caesarstone worktops are available in over seventy different colours and never needs resealing as do marble and granite. It also comes with a 15 year manufacturers guarantee. Unlike other materials used in the home, Caesarstone is certified to emit no harmful radon gas. It is used not only in domestic kitchens, but in restaurants, hospitals and laboratories where durability, hard wear and hygiene considerations are of vital importance.