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Cleaning Caeserstone Benchtops

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Cooking and preparing food is a daily task that is most often done, on your benchtops. Caesarstone benchtop surfaces require very little maintenance.

For everyday maintenance, you should wipe the surface down with some warm soapy water and a clean, lightly damp cloth. Just give the surface a light wipe down to remove any debris or leftover food materials.

Over time you might find that your benchtops might get stained by something that is more difficult to clean off, for example red wine, beetroot or coffee stains. Caesarstone has it’s own line of cleaning products designed just for cleaning these surfaces!  If you find your benchtop with a spill of red wine or coffee, food products that tend to stain surfaces, use the following steps to clean the surface with the spray cleaner.

  • Wipe away any of the residue remaining from whatever caused the marks.
  • Spray your surface with the Caesarstone spray cleaning solution.
  • Wipe clean!
  • Dry with a clean dry cloth.

If the above cleaning doesn’t remove the stains from your benchtop, you can try the Caesarstone cream cleaner. This product is used for removing more stubborn and dried stains from the benchtop surface. Use the following method for cleaning a more stubborn stain from your benchtop.

  • Use a Scotchbrite non scratch foam scrubber, and wet it with warm water.
  • Apply your Caesarstone cream cleaner to the coarse side of the Scotchbrite pad.
  • Squeeze the Scotchbrite pad to create a foamy lather on the sponge and let it drip onto the surface where the stain is.
  • Lightly clean the stain in a circular motion, taking care not to apply too much pressure, or to stay in the same spot for too long.
  • Leave the lathered soapy mixture on your bench surface for around 2 minutes.
  • Remove the excess soap suds using a clean damp cloth, rinse the cloth and then repeat the process several times to make sure you have removed all soapy residue from your benchtop.
  • Now brush off the surface with a dry clean cloth as a finishing step. Your surface should now be clean!

Here’s a few more tips to keeping your Caesarstone benchtop in good shape.

  • Always use a cutting board when cutting food on your benchtop. Never cut directly onto the quartz surface itself.
  • Never place hot pans onto your benchtop surface. Always use a cork or wooden pot holder on the benchtop surface.

 

Follow the above steps for cleaning and usage of your benchtop, and this will ensure that your benchtop stays in top condition for as long as possible!

You can purchase Caeserstone cleaning products from THIS LINK.

 

 

Smartstone Care and Maintenance

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Smartstone quartz surfaces are designed to offer high performance
with low maintenance, and being non-porous it will never need
sealing or waxing. Only a little commonsense is needed to care
for your Smartstone surface.

Stain Resistance
Smartstone has been tested by the CSIRO, and due to its low moisture absorption, is resistant to stains caused by wine, fruit juices, liquid food colouring, tea and spices with strong colours.

Damaged Benchtop Edges Or Surfaces
A damaged benchtop edge or surface (including the stone edge for an under-mount sink) is not indicative
of defective material.
The Smartstone 15-year Limited Warranty does not cover edge or surface damage, such as chipping or scratching caused by wear and tear or negligence.

Stubborn Stains and Dried Spills
For dried spills, remove solids first. A wet cotton cloth is recommended for any stubborn stains. Avoid forceful scrubbing as this may result in a loss of shine. Rinse well with water.
It may be slightly more difficult to remove stains from the surfaces in Smartstone’s Naturale Collection which are not sealed or highly polished.
Do not use bleach on or near a Smartstone surface.
Smartstone is intended for interior applications only. Smartstone should not be used outdoors. The Smartstone Limited Warranty does not cover exterior applications, where Smartstone is exposed to weather conditions. Exposure to direct sunlight may result in a colour change and it is therefore recommended that exposure to direct sunlight is limited.

Heat Resistance
Placing hot items directly onto your Smartstone benchtop is not Recommended. Although Smartstone has high heat resistance, excessive localised heat may result in damage to your Smartstone due to thermal shock.

Bathroom and kitchen surfaces

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Many people have a hard time deciding between natural stone and engineered stone for their bathroom and kitchen surfaces. This is quite understandable given the numerous advantages and disadvantages provided by each material. Further complicating matters is the fact that today’s stone market offers a plethora of choice, both in natural stones and the engineered variety.

We are not here to tell you which is the best choice. In fact, there is no right answer here because of the many variables at play; when choosing which route to take, each individual homeowner will have a different set of preferences and particular circumstances that influence his or her decision.

What we WILL do today is talk a bit about the many Engineered Stones available in the market. Products such as Quantum Quartz Stone, Caesarstone, Smartstone, Silestone, etc.

Natural stone, as a means of constructing interior surfaces, is one of the oldest, most beautiful and luxurious materials in the world of architecture and design.

Just what is engineered stone?

Engineered stone is manufactured by combining natural stone chips, various fillings and polyester resins into a solid agglomerate.

It is a great material for the construction of kitchen bars, kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities and other surfaces. Some designers even choose to incorporate engineered stone into window sills, walls, and floors. No matter what your project is, Quantum Quartz Stone, Caesarstone, Silestone, and Smartstone can provide you with the specific qualities you are looking for.

With the latest technologies, engineered stone manufacturers can imbue their products a great variety. Engineered stone is easy to shape and comes in a dizzying array of colours, tones, and shades. Engineered stone can be a single colour, have a granular pattern, have a mirror shine, a matte finish, etc. Therefore, from a design perspective, engineered stone gives an unparalleled sense of creative and artistic freedom.

Engineered stone is also very resistant to scratches, cracks, and other types of damage and, if properly taken care of, can last for many years. These qualities make engineered stone a solid option for kitchen countertops. The ability to quickly clean any dirt, soot and stains from the surface makes this material a highly popular choice for vanity tops.

Are there any downsides to engineered stone?
To be fair, those who ascribe to the school of Ecodesign might want to steer clear of engineered stone because it is, after all, artificial. Designers who value uniqueness will almost always opt for the diverse variety of natural stone. Additionally, the industrial manufacturing process behind engineered stone products makes it difficult to include in traditional rural or rustic designs.

Easy steps to removing common stains from your kitchen

By Kitchen Benchtops, NewsNo Comments

Made in Stone is a  leading supplier of Quantum Quartz in Sydney we are here to provide you with some easy-to-follow tips for removing common stains from your kitchen quartz countertop.

The quartz kitchen countertop is perhaps one of, if not the most, singularly underrated fixtures in your home. It can provide your kitchen with various styles, degrees of convenience, and bursts of life, as well as represent one of the most sound investments you will ever make as a homeowner.

Quartz stone is characterized by having a low degree of porosity and a high degree of hardness, which make it highly resistant to damage and easy to clean. However, besides the preparation of food, the kitchen countertop sees daily use across a wide range of household activities and this, unfortunately, means that it is highly prone to suffering from premature wear and, more commonly, unsightly stains.

Useful tips for removing common stains:

How do I remove grease stains from my kitchen benchtop?

  • Removing Grease Stains: Grease stains are quite common but thankfully are some of the most easily removed. Rub a mixture of mild detergent diluted in water with a soft cloth over the stain. Make sure to rinse afterwards to remove any soapy residue.

How do I remove lime stains from my kitchen benchtop?

  • Removing Lime Stains: If you have purchased your Quantum Quartz in Sydney Lime stains are relatively common due to the mineral content of the water. To remove lime stains apply a liberal amount of non-acidic limescale remover and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse with water and presto.

How do I remove natural dyes from my kitchen benchtop?

  • Removing Natural Dyes: Very many foods such as beetroots, strawberries, and pomegranates contain highly concentrated juices that are known to stain. Eliminating these types of stains is simple enough, just apply a solution of bleach and water.

How do I remove marker stains from my kitchen benchtop?

  • Removing Marker Stains: If you have young children in the household, the probability of your Quantum Quartz getting drawn on is rather high. To remove marker stains apply a bit of rubbing alcohol with a soft cloth.

How do I remove silicone stains from my kitchen benchtop?

  • Removing Silicone Stains: Silicone stains are perhaps the most difficult to remove. To do so, you will have to make use of a sharp blade and a small amount of solvent, such as ethanol, for proper scraping of the surface.

 

Follow these easy tips whenever you notice a troublesome stain on your Quartz kitchen countertop, and you will see the lifetime and longevity of your investment shoot through the roof.

At Made in Stone, we take great pride in our ability to take on any challenge no matter its size, and we utilize decades of accrued knowledge and passion for stone to provide levels of quality and precision that are unparalleled in the industry. Every surface we create is guaranteed to last with a manufacturer warranty.

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Kitchen Surface Survival

By Kitchen Benchtops, News

One of the most used surfaces in a home, the kitchen benchtop is designed for heavy wear and tear. We discover how to care for different benchtop materials so your surface will stand the test of time.

 

Natural Stone

The general consensus on caring for a natural stone benchtop is to act quickly to wipe any spills
or residue. A simple warm, soapy cloth is enough for everyday spills, and for extra TLC, buff with a
clean, dry cloth. Keep an eye out for acidic items like red wine, cordial, coffee, pasta sauce,
tandoori paste or lemon juice that can stain.
Many surface companies offer a specialised cleaning solution to best maintain their material.

 

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ENGINEERED STONE

A low-maintenance material, engineered stone is easy to care for. In a similar vein to natural stone,laminam-kitchen-made-in-stone use a warm, soapy cloth to wipe down and avoid using a washing-up dishcloth on the benchtop
as this could carry potentially staining oils. Avoid acidic cleaning liquids that are aggressive and
can damage the surface. lIf the surface is exposed to these strong products, rinse with water
immediately to neutralise the effects

 

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Sydney’s Leading Stone Fabricators

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Stone Fabricators

Stone goes through a process that transforms it from its naturally found state, into the beautiful finished product that gets delivered and installed into your home as kitchen benchtops, bathrooms and more. You may not realise how much happens to get the stone from its natural quarry to its final high quality finished state. This process is what’s called Stone Fabrication. The people who perform this task are the Stone Fabricators.

What Stone Fabricators Do?

Stone fabricators can help you to choose the right material and the correct amount for your job.

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The practical element generally includes measuring the dimensions of the area you would like your stone to be installed, to determine how much stone will be needed to complete the job. Once this is done, the type of stone material, shades and colours can be considered from the available supplies.

Structural integrity and density of the stone material is also another important element to be considered. Stone strength and quality can vary between the different types of slabs that are available. Even when the stone is taken from the same quarry, the stones can be significantly different.  Stone fabricators will generally have good quality control over the slabs that are available, as they are working with material from the same slab on a regular basis.

 

Stone Fabrication

Stone fabricators can assist with all of the above choices, all of these things will need to be decided and worked out before the fabrication process itself begins.

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When fabrication of the stone takes place, final inspections will take place to search for any cracks, blemishes, scratches or fissures. The slab will then be laid out to ensure the best visual of the colour and vein texture. Following this, the stone will be cut within a few mm of its final thickness. Edging and any other design works to the slab will further shape the stone. Once the slab shape is almost complete, a multi-step process involving different levels of polish will be used to polish and smooth the surface of the stone, followed by washing, drying and the stone being sealed for use. All this work generally occurs away from the job site, and the final slabs will be delivered to the location of install, ready for installation.

 

Contact Made in Stone today to discuss your stone needs and see how we can assist you with your next project or build!

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High Quality Material Options For Kitchen Benchtops Sydney

By Kitchen Benchtops, News

High Quality Material Options For Kitchen Benchtops Sydney

 

Countertops and benchtops are a fundamental component of our kitchens. Thankfully there are different types of benchtops and countertops, and their specific traits and characteristics will determine, to a significant degree, the style direction of this essential room.

Today we will detail the most important characteristics of the most popular materials for countertops and kitchen benchtops in Sydney.

Porcelain Benchtops

Porcelain countertops offer homeowners multiple advantages and versatility in style. Porcelain is a highly resistant material which means your kitchen tops will remain scratch and stain free for many years. If you want a material that is high-quality, high-durability, and easy to clean, porcelain should be at the top of your list.

Quartz Benchtops

Quartz is a highly versatile material for kitchen benchtops in Sydney. Few materials offer a more extensive range of colours and design options than Quartz. Additionally, Quartz is one of the most durable natural stones on the market. One significant advantage that Quartz offers over other natural stones is that it is significantly less porous and thus much more resistant to stains and water damage

Granite Benchtops

Granite is perhaps the most popular material used for kitchen countertops and benchtops. Granite can add a splash of elegance to any kitchen, and its natural beauty can fit both modern and rustic styles. Granite is without a doubt one of the most durable natural stones on the market and will last for years and years thanks to its extremely high heat and shock resistance. Granite requires some extra care to maintain, but the effort is well worth the trouble.

Stainless Steel Benchtops

Stainless steel is the perfect countertop and benchtop material for futuristic design. It is exceptionally resistant to heat damage and perhaps the easiest to clean material on the market. Additionally, stainless steel remains one of the most hygienic surfaces for kitchens which is the reason you see it so prevalently in professional kitchens around the world.

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF CUSTOM-ORDERED NATURAL STONE

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF CUSTOM-ORDERED NATURAL STONE

 

Custom-ordered natural stone is a wonderful and sustainable building material that provides many benefits, and depending on the project it can be the most efficient natural coating for your structures. In previous posts, we have talked about its characteristics and properties, but today we will focus on a few of its many advantages both in new construction and in renovation and rehabilitation projects as well.

Reusable

Natural stone is one of the most sustainable construction materials around, which means that if you are working on a remodel or rehab project, you can take any natural stone in the structure and with the right expertise, recycle into a brand new project.

Built-in Insulation

One of the most outstanding characteristics of natural stone is that, due to its large mass, it has a high degree of thermal inertia, which makes it an excellent insulator that can provide significant savings in heating and cooling costs throughout your house.

Versatility

Natural stone allows for a multitude of applications in all types of projects: it is perfectly adaptable both to interiors and exteriors and can be installed on walls and facades, cabinets and floors of bathrooms, and on kitchen countertops and finishes.

Few building materials can offer as much variety in terms of aesthetic choices as natural stone, which makes it the perfect option for any environment and space. A rich array of tones and colours, as well as surface finishes, give engineered natural stone an air of exclusivity since no stone is equal to another.

If you are looking to incorporate natural stone into your next kitchen or bathroom project make sure to give Made in Stone Australia a try. We offer dozens of natural stone products from the industry’s leading brands such as Caesarstone, Dekton, Laminam, Quantum Quartz, Silestone, and Smartstone. Here at Made in Stone, we are leading experts in designing a variety of edge profiles for your vanity tops and kitchen benchtops, so contact us about your next project.

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What to look for in a benchtop – Why Silestone is a good option

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What to look for in a bench top – Why Silestone is a good option

The world of kitchen design is highly susceptible to changing tendencies and style trends; modern day kitchens run the gamut from country farm house styles to old-world traditional to contemporary modernism to Mediterranean cottage charm. However, one element that manages to remain consistent throughout is the stone benchtop.

Going with a stone countertop for the kitchen affords homeowners a variety of benefits and virtually zero downsides. Nevertheless, the market is crowded with options and, as such, choosing what type of stone to use can be difficult; which is why today we will briefly discuss the most important qualities to look for in a brand new kitchen countertop, and why Silestone is most definitely a solid contender.

Stain resistance

Kitchens are rife with substances that can permanently stain the benchtops. Drinks like red wine or coffee can do a number on stone, so the first quality you want your new stone benchtop to have is stain resistance. Silestone benchtops have nonporous surfaces which means whatever you spill will have a tough time penetrating it. Unless you go with a stain resistant benchtop, you will never be able to relax in your own kitchen.

Durable

You want to make sure that whatever material you choose, it is durable. There are plenty of brittle stones out there and they will chip or crack the first time you drop a massive meat tenderiser mallet on them. Silestone is an excellent option because it is made with hard quartz. Remember that installing a kitchen benchtop should be a one-time investment.

Easy to clean and maintain

Most of us spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen. In fact, if you are anything like me, you probably spend more time in your kitchen than any other room in the house. Look for a countertop material that is easy to clean. With Silestone quartz countertops you get a surface that can be wiped clean in the blink of an eye, so you can spend more time cooking and less time fuzzing about the clean up.

 

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Add style to your kitchen with Smartstone

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Add style to your kitchen with Smartstone

 

The modern kitchen is perhaps the most important meeting point of the home. While there are other rooms in the house in which we meet to share in familial activities or conversation, the truth of the matter is that nothing brings us closer to each other than sharing food. Whether it’s a simple afternoon snack or a Sunday night meal, the time we spent in the kitchen is usually filled with joy and moments worthy of memory.

Therefore, the design of any modern day kitchen is important, and it must be approached with great care and detail. Thankfully, creating a space for your family that is elegant, modern, beautiful, and functional is not as hard as you are probably thinking.

Here are a few tips to help you with designing and forming ideas for your future kitchen:

  • Include a kitchen island: The kitchen island is a staple of modern kitchen design. A stylish addition to any kitchen, the island can help you play with interesting flows in the room. Adding some benches or high-chairs will help you make your island into a convenient breakfast bar. Topping your kitchen island with high-quality quartz such as Smartstone is another way with which to increase your kitchen’s style and functionality.
  • Embrace open shelving: Modern design trends have begun adopting open shelving. Open shelving adds elegance and provides a subtle method to create space, so if your home’s kitchen is on the smaller side, you should seriously consider installing open shelves. Another advantage of installing open shelves is that decorating becomes extremely easy, merely including small potted plants into the nooks and crannies of your kitchen will go a long way in establishing a style.
  • Add colour: The wrong colour, or too much of it, can completely ruin your modern design, so if you are looking to add a splash of stylish colour we recommend installing engineered stone countertops. These types of high-quality products, such as Smartstone, can provide your kitchen with a fantastic array of palette options such as clean whites, creamy beiges, khaki greens, earthy browns and many other colours.