Silestone Quartz Worktops
Another of the foremost manufacturers of quartz worktops is Silestone. Based in Spain, the company has been manufacturing quartz worktops since the mid 1990′s and is now to quartz what Formica is to laminates or Corian to acrylic surfaces. In order to become synonymous with the product Silestone spent $2,500,000 for a TV advertisement lasting just 30 seconds during the 2005 US Super Bowl – the largest TV audience of the year. It seemed to do the trick, since Silestone now has 3,500 retail outlets in the US alone.
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Silestone research shows that because quartz worktops are non-porous this makes them easy to clean and also extremely resistant to staining which cannot be said for marble or granite. Leave red wine, lemon juice, cooking oil, butter or strawberries on a marble or granite surface and you will have a stain. Not so with quartz: leave your Rioja, coffee spill or vinegar on it and they will just sit there on the surface patiently waiting for you to wipe them up.
Furthermore, because it is non-porous there is no chance for bacteria, viruses or mould to gain a foothold and grow on the surface. However, Silestone have gone one step further with their quartz worktops by incorporating something called microban into the mix. This is actually a trademarked antimicrobial compound which helps to fight the build up of bacteria and other tiny pathogens. As Silestone say, it won’t protect you from a food-borne infection but it does help make the surface easier to clean and keep that way.
Another reason for the expanding popularity of Silestone is its’ huge range of colours. You can have your Silestone quartz worktop to fit in with almost any colour scheme in your kitchen that you can think of. In addition, because it is non-porous it is virtually maintenance-free which can’t be said of marble or granite.
Another big advantage of quartz is that it is good for the environment. The gas radon, which is found all over the earth’s surface and can kill is emitted by granite for instance. In fact the US EPA Environmental Protection Agency) has stated that indoor pollution from radon emitted by many manufactured household materials can be up to 100 times that of outdoor pollution. Silestone’s quartz worktops have been tested and found to emit little to no radiation of radon.
Silestone’s quartz worktops compare very favourably on price with other materials. When you consider all of the benefits they should definitely be on the shopping list of anyone wanting a kitchen makeover.