One of the most popular material options for kitchen benchtops, Caesarstone quartz surfacing is beautiful, practical and long-lasting. This manufactured material combines the beauty of natural stone with the consistency and performance properties of manmade materials. On this page, you’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of what Caesarstone is, how to take care of it, and why it should be your first material choice for a kitchen benchtop.
What is it?
Caesarstone is a stunning quartz surfacing solution that is incredibly strong and durable as well as heat, stain scratch and chip resistant. The product is made from up to 93% natural quartz aggregate, organic pigments and enhanced polymer resins. Avaliable in an incredible range of colours and aggregates, Caesarstone has four collections of quartz surfacing solutions including:
A classic range of quartz surface designs available in a wide variety of timeless colours.
Inspired by natural marble and granite, the Supernatural collection features stunning surfaces with an organic appearance created with colours, veins and special textures.
This collection features imprinted textures such as crocodile and lace to create an unusual surfacing solution.
These surfaces feature semi-precious gems which are manually cut and set. An additional advantage of some surfaces in this range is that they are semi-transparent and can be enhanced with back lighting.
About the brand
Founded in 1987, Caesarstone is an industry leading innovator known for manufacturing premium quartz surfaces for both residential and commercial interiors. Applications for Caesartone quartz surfaces include kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities, wall panelling, splashbacks and furniture.
The manufacturing process
To ensure the final product is nothing short of perfect, Caesarstone’s manufacturing process is exacting and starts with the rigorous inspection of raw materials which are then put through a strictly monitored, automated manufacturing process to ensure both quality and consistency. The process is as follows:
- The raw materials are fed into mixers and blended together
- The mixture is poured into a mould to form slabs
- The slab is put through a vacuum and vibration process (at a pressure of 100 tonnes) to compact it
- The compacted slab is inserted into a curing kiln to ensure the resulting product is both strong and solid
- The slabs are then gauged, calibrated and polished
- Finally, the slabs pass through a final quality inspection to ensure that any product carrying the Caesarstone name lives up to the quality that customers have come to expect from the brand
What are the benefits of a Caesarstone kitchen benchtop?
Ceasarstone has a number of advantages as a kitchen benchtop material including:
10 year limited warranty
All Caesarstone quartz surfaces come with a comprehensive 10 year limited warranty, so if the product doesn’t meet your performance expectations, your investment is protected.
Because Caesarstone quartz surfaces are manufactured, it is possible to achieve a consistency which natural stone materials simply cannot match. That means if you want to match an existing Caesarstone surface, the aggregate can be replicated to provide consistency.
Outperforms natural stones
When compared to marble and granite in standardised testing, Caesarstone outperforms these common kitchen benchtop materials in terms of both impact and flexural (bend) strength. Caesarstone also outperforms the two natural stones when it comes to water absorption, as it absorbs substantially less water than both granite and marble. Finally, Caesarstone equals marble when it comes to the compression test and performs slightly better than granite.
Caesarstone has a comprehensive environmental protection policy which includes a commitment to ecologically sustainable production processes, incorporating high levels of recycled materials into products wherever possible, developing environmentally friendly products, and implementing sustainable industrial standards and practices in line with internationally recognised recommendations. The quartz, which up to 93% of the Ceasarstone product is made of, is the world’s most abundant mineral and therefore a sustainable material option for environmentally minded individuals. The strength and durability of quartz also means that Caesarstone products are long lasting,
Caring for your Caesarstone
Caesarstone is a relatively low maintenance material that does not require periodic re-sealing in the same way that natural stone materials do.
Caesarstone cleaning products:
Caesarstone has developed a range of cleaning products designed to keep their products looking good. All Caesarstone products come with a 10 Year Limited Warranty which purchasers can register for online. When they do this, they will be sent a complimentary cleaning kit containing Caesarstone Spray Cleaner, Caesarstone Cream Cleanser and a non-scratch scrubber. The Spray Cleaner is ideal for everyday cleaning and can be used to remove red wine, beetroot, coffee and tea, cordial and food oils. The Cream Cleanser is for deep cleaning and can be used to remove red wine, beetroot, coffee and tea, cordial and spices. Methylated spirits can be used for the removal of substances like glue, silicone or paint. Household bleach can be used sparingly on stubborn stains, although because it is a strong chemical, overuse may damage the Ceasarstone benchtop.
For everyday cleaning
Routine cleaning can be done with warm soapy water and a clean damp cloth. It is also possible to buy Caesarstone Cleaning Wipes or Caesarstone Spray Cleaner which are specially developed for the product. Because Caesarstone is virtually non-porous, it will remain glossy and smooth throughout its lifespan and will never need to be polished or sealed. In fact, it is advised that you never attempt to polish Caesarstone and avoid prologued rubbing in one spot.
For a thorough clean
If you need to remove stubborn marks or spills, or simply want to give your surface a thorough clean, Caesarstone Cream Cleanser is recommended along with a non-scratch scrubber to ensure the stone remains pristine.
Avoid the following products
Strong chemicals and solvents can compromise the physical properties of Caesarstone. Because of this, users should avoid using cleaning products containing products like paint removers or strippers (which contain trichlorethane or methylene chloride). Users of Caesarstone products should also avoid exposing them to cleaning agents with high alkaline/pH levels (such as oven cleaners). If the Caesarstone is exposed to one of these chemicals, it needs to be rinsed with water immediately in order to neutralise the effect. It’s also important to only use a clean cloth when wiping down a Caesarstone benchtop as using a soiled cloth (like the one you are using to wash dishes) may impart oils and contaminants onto the quartz surface.
Although Caesarstone is heat resistant, the surface can be damaged by sudden and extreme temperature changes. For this reason, it’s advised that anything which is too hot to be touched by hand should be placed on a wooden chopping board or cork mat. Electrical cooking appliances should also be set up on a wooden chopping board to protect your Caesarstone kitchen benchtop.
Cutting and food preparation
Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world, and because of this, preparing food directly on the Caesarstone surface will probably blunt your knife. For this reason, it is recommended that food preparation is done on a chopping board.
Stone Design Group stock a comprehensive range of Caesarstone products in our Sunshine showroom. To learn more about our range of premium Caesarstone kitchen benchtop and surfacing solutions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 03 9498 3444.