Eliminate Finger Prints on Black Silestone

QUESTION:
With black Silestone countertops, when you touch it or set a pan or plate on it, it leaves a mark that you can still see even after wiping. What can prevent this?

ANSWER:
This is a common problem with dark and especially black honed granite, which is easily solved by applying a Color-Enhancing Marble & Granite Sealer that makes the stone darker so the finger prints are not so noticeable.

Of course, you cannot apply a sealer to Silestone, so it’s just a matter of cleaning it. If the finger print oils are staining as I think you suggest (“leaves a mark that you can still see even after wiping”) then that could be a problem you’ll need to contact Silestone or your fabricator about.

Although, you may not be using the best cleaner, which may solve the issue.

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Silestone on Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Silestone Extreme Makeover Home Edition
Carr Family in Tyler, TX Episode 724 – Air Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010

Katrina, 37, and Mike, 41, met 14 years ago while working at a summer camp for kids with special needs. They realized that they both had a passion for kids with disabilities. Four years later, they got married. They always wanted to adopt kids with special needs, so they adopted four special needs kids from Kazakhstan. All of the children were abandoned at birth. Both Ryanne, 6, and Rina, 3, suffer from Amniotic Band Syndrome, a birth defect that forms tight “bands” around the limbs, causing amputations. Rina is missing her right leg below the knee and Ryanne is missing both legs above the knee and one arm below the elbow.

Cosentino, the maker of Silestone natural quartz, joined with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to provide countertop surfaces, fabrication and installation with hands-on involvement from Berry Marble & Granite at the Carr family build site. Cosentino donated Caramel Rhine in the Kitchen, White Zeus in the Master, Girl’s and Boy’s Bathrooms, Grey Expo in the Laundry/Utility Room and Blue Enjoy in the Multipurpose Room. Click here for a sample of Silestone in these colors.

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Compare Silestone & Granite Kitchen Countertops

Building or remodeling a kitchen, one of the most used rooms in the home, involves several big-ticket purchases, such as appliances. In addition, countertops, island tops and backsplashes can be expensive if you use a material that is stylish, safe and enduring, such as granite or Silestone.

Granite Kitchen CountertopsGranite
Granite is a stylish choice for countertops, walls, flooring, and backsplashes. Granite is tough, heat resistant and easily maintained. A natural stone, granite is exceptionally attractive and is available in many colors. Granite must be cut with a diamond edge or granite edges because it is extremely difficult to cut. Despite granite being a strong stone, it is highly porous.

Granite Features
For interior use, granite must be sealed to prevent staining from food and drinks, cosmetic products and household chemicals. Granite is sealed upon installation and requires resealing every six months. The sealing process is relatively easy, and the homeowner can do it himself.

Granite does not scratch easily, however, a cutting board is recommended when preparing food. It is heat resistant, however, a trivet should be used for hot pots and pans. Granite costs approximately $45 to $75 per square foot.

Compare Silestone GraniteSilestone
Silestone consists of 93 percent quartz and a synthetic resin. It both sophisticated product and durable. Silestone can be used in kitchens for countertops, backsplashes and island tops. It can also be used in wet bars, on walls, tabletops and around fireplaces.

Silestone Features
Silestone is nonporous and, therefore, does not easily stain. This also makes it resistant to bacteria. According to Silestone of Florida, “Silestone is a truly hygienic countertop and has federal government approval for use in commercial food applications, unlike natural stone.”

Silestone’s hard surface allows you to cut directly on the countertop without damage to the finish. It is four times as strong as granite. Only three natural minerals are stronger than Silestone: sapphire, diamond and topaz.

Silestone is heat resistant, but a trivet is recommended for hot pots and pans. (Silestone can endure the heat; however, you cannot immediately place a cool object where a hot object was placed, or risk cracking.) This material is maintenance free–it does not require resealing. Silestone costs $65 to $85 per square foot.

Conclusion
Granite and Silestone are comparable in several ways. Both materials provide durability and style. Granite requires resealing to protect its natural state, while Silestone does not. Silestone is nonporous and doesn’t stain easily; granite is porous and can stain. Overall, both products are easy to maintain. In terms of pricing, granite is slightly less expensive than Silestone, about $30 less per square foot.

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