What is Silestone worktop made from? - Shaw Stone Ltd.

A guide to Silestone quartz worktops

As a leading natural stone company, we are proud to supply and install a range of luxury bespoke Silestone worktops

So what is Silestone worktop made from, and what are the benefits of Silestone countertops? In our article, we answer our customer’s most frequently asked questions and reveal the most popular Silestone colours

What is Silestone worktop made from?

Silestone is a hard and resilient manmade material. This compound material is predominantly made of natural quartz (94%), combined with resin, minerals and recycled materials, such as glass. 

The product is available with distinctively different surface textures, from glossy ‘Polished’ to matte ‘Suede’ and rustic ‘Volcano’. 

When it comes to Silestone quartz worktops, we offer a complete solution. From digital templating and bespoke fabrication to the traditional masonry skills required for installation, we have the expertise to fit your stunning new worktops.

What is Silestone worktop used for?

Silestone worktops are not just limited to kitchens, they also look spectacular in bathrooms. Not only are Silestone countertops elegant, but they are also a practical option for frequently used areas in the home.

For a cohesive finish, Silestone can also be used in a variety of other applications, including:

  • Flooring
  • Integrity sinks
  • Splashbacks
  • Tiling and cladding 
  • Vanity unit tops
  • Island units
  • Showertrays
  • Tables and sideboard surfaces

What are the benefits of Silestone countertops?

Silestone worktops offer many advantages:

  • Hardwearing

Silestone quartz worktops are a popular choice thanks to their extreme durability and waterproof, stain and scratch-resistant qualities. 

  • Low maintenance and hygienic 

It is easy to keep your Silestone worktops looking smart and pristine. When used seamlessly, Silestone is also very hygienic – again, ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. 

  • Aesthetically appealing

In a range of colours and distinct surface textures, deluxe Silestone worktops offer the ‘wow’ factor and will elevate your home. 

  • Versatile

Available in different slab formats and thicknesses, Silestone can be used in kitchens or bathrooms and elsewhere in the home. Our expert installers are able to create unique Silestone countertops for your space.

  • A sustainable material

Silestone is a pioneering product, manufactured using recycled materials, such as glass, and HybriQ® technology.

What is the Silestone colour range?

With a broad range of Silestone colours and textures available, we are sure to have something to suit your aesthetic and interior style. Some of our most popular Silestone colours include:

Snowy Ibiza – designed for sleek minimal spaces, pearly polished Silestone Snowy Ibiza will suit an array of modern interior settings.

Aluminuo Nube – this sleek style has a true grey base which is topped with fine speckling to add subtle texture.

Eternal Marquina – featuring a timeless deep black base shot through with contrasting white veining. If you’re looking for drama in your interior, then we highly recommend this option.

Grey Stellar – this grey-based worktop features eye-catching chips of metallic speckled quartz, ideal for a more modern interior style.

Eternal Calacatta Gold – this classic choice consists of a crisp white base with extensive but subtle soft grey veining for an elegant and airy effect. 

Click to view our selection of over 60 Silestone colours.

How to clean Silestone countertops

Silestone quartz worktops are hardwearing and low maintenance. For daily cleaning, we recommend wiping your worktop with a clean damp cloth and a gentle all-purpose household cleaner. 

To maintain the condition of your Silestone worktop, you should avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach. Abrasive cleaners and scourers should also be avoided, as these are likely to scratch or pit your Silestone surface and will cause dull patches. 

Wondering how to clean Silestone when there are limescale marks? In areas close to taps, water can dry to leave marks – especially visible on darker coloured surfaces. We recommend using a natural product, such as vinegar, to effectively remove limescale without damaging your Silestone worktops. 

If you’ve opted for polished Silestone and the sheen begins to diminish, we recommend a specialist stone worktop cleaner to remove any build-up of wax or grease. This will return your Silestone worktops to their original lustrous finish.

Silestone vs Corian worktops – what are the differences?

Occasionally we are asked about the merits of Silestone vs Corian surfaces. Both are premium manmade products that offer durability and emulate the look of natural stone. Silestone and Corian are also both solid, rather than laminates, but Silestone is considered an engineered stone whereas Corian is categorised as a solid surface material. 

Another big difference is that Corian is composed of around one-third resin to two-thirds minerals, making it softer than Silestone which contains a very high proportion of quartz. That said, if Corian is scratched then any marks can be sanded out, which is not possible with Silestone worktops

Leading suppliers of Silestone quartz worktops

We hope that our guide to Silestone worktops is helpful. If you have any questions then please feel free to contact us.

As a specialist luxury stone supplier, we are always happy to listen to your ideas and share our knowledge to help you with your project. Our range of stunning bespoke Silestone worktops can transform your home.

Call us today on 01329 844474 or visit our Titchfield showroom and factory. We have an extensive range of Silestone and Corian, as well as granite and other natural stone products. We look forward to hearing from you.