Cimstone Quartz Worktops
One of the most well known brands of worktops for the kitchen is Cimstone. This is a high quality range of manufactured quartz worktops with several outstanding features.
Cimstone quartz worktops are made using the process developed by the Breton company of Italy. Whereas marble and granite worktops are quarried in slabs and then cut to size, Cimstone worktops are made from quartz. The stone itself is pulverised and then mixed with polyester resins forming a material which is extremely hard and non-porous. Cimstone quartz worktops are composed of approximately 93% quartz and 7% polymers.
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To this is added colouring and with Cimstone’s artistic flair may also contain pieces of mirror or glass, seashells, brass filings, basalt and so on which give a wonderful decorative effect. All of the mirror or glass used is recycled. Even the water used in the process is recycled back in the factory which makes Cimstone quartz worktops extremely environmentally friendly.
When the ingredients have been mixed they are formed into slabs which are then heat treated for 45 minutes. After this the slabs are subjected to a vibration and vacuum process under 100 tons of pressure. This results in a worktop that is durable, resistant to staining and very unlikely to suffer physical damage.
Quartz is one of the hardest materials known to man after diamond, sapphire and topaz. On the Mohs scale of hardness diamond is rated 10 and quartz is not too far behind at 7. In theory this means that it should be possible to chop or cut directly on the surface of a Cimstone quartz worktop; however, use of a chopping board is advised as it is more than likely that the knife blade may be damaged.
Unlike marble or granite surfaces which are considerably softer, Cimstone is extremely stain resistant. Materials like red wine, lemon juice, olive oil, coffee, vinegar and even nail polish remover which can cause considerable damage to marble and granite simply sit on the surface of your Cimstone quartz worktop until you care to wipe them up. This also makes Cimstone very easy to clean. A quick wipe over with a damp cloth followed by drying with a kitchen towel is all that is usually needed. Anything dried on such as egg yolk can be removed with a scourer. Cimstone quartz worktops never need resealing and do not need polishing to retain their natural high gloss look.
Cimstone is also extremely hygienic. Because it is non-porous it means that microbes, bacteria, viruses and molds cannot get a grip and breed. For this reason, Cimstone is used in hospitals, catering outlets and laboratories. It was also chosen by the Tetley tea company for the work surfaces in their tea tasting laboratory where it has been in use for two years on a daily basis and has never shown any sign of staining despite regular spills.
Cimstone Quartz Worktops have been rated on average 4.5 out of 5, based on 348 reviews.
Although it is extremely hard wearing Cimstone should not be abused. Dropping a cast iron saucepan on it from a height may possible chip it although it is unlikely. Similarly, while it can withstand heat it is not a good idea to place a hot pan directly on the surface; always use a trivet or heat pad.
Cimstone comes in a range of over 70 different colours and designs so there is bound to be one of their worktops to please everyone.