Kitchen Surface Survival

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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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Bathroom and kitchen surfaces

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.

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!

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.