It is with great care and diligence that Arte selects the material for your worktop. As a professional stoneprocessing company working with natural stone, Arte knows as no other how important regular maintenance of a worktop is to keep it in pristine condition.
All of Arte's materials have unique properties and different maintenance requirements. Upon delivery of your kitchen worktop you will receive a copy of the special maintenance guidelines that apply to your kitchen worktop. Arte recommends you read these maintenance guidelines carefully and follow them diligently. That way your kitchen worktop will remain beautiful and keep its natural look.
Should you have any doubts about how to maintain your worktop, please contact your kitchen specialist.
Silestone by Arte® is the only surface enriched with an active hygienic protection. By using the latest technologies involving "silver particles" we create an effective protection layer against the spread of a wide variety of bacteria.
The Silestone by Arte® worktops are non-porous and are, therefore, extremely resistant to stains created by all kinds of common products used on a daily basis, such as coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, make-up and many more.
This excellent resistance comes from the components (quartz for hardness and polyester resin for elasticity) as well as the vibrocompression process used during manufacturing. It also means that you can use heavy objects (pots, pans, trays, etc.) in your kitchen without any qualms. We do, however, recommend that you treat your worktop with care and that you are careful when handling heavy objects near corners or edges.
Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of Arte's policy: our approach and actions show that we are aware of our social, moral and environmental responsibilities.
Arte offers customers a FREE 10 year warranty. This means you as consumer can be reassured and certain of a carefree use of your kitchen worktop. You would prefer a lifetime warranty? No problem. A one-off payment of € 50 means your worktop will be covered for life. Confirm your personal warranty preference here.
- What should you bear in mind if you have a composite worktop?
To keep a composite stone worktop as strong and beautiful looking as possible Arte recommends you don't sit, kneel or stand on the work surface. It may sound logical but it happens more often than you think. After all, it is tempting to put your foot down on the worktop while you're cleaning the cooker hood or trying to wipe the window behind the work surface. Composite stone is resistant to many types of products but substances that are highly alkaline, e.g. sink and plughole unblockers, can easily damage the work surface. The repeated opening of a dishwasher before the end of its drying cycle may also cause irreparable damage to your worktop and edging. Such so-called „thermal shocks” can easily be prevented by using a proper insulation material. Something else that may impact on the worktop is the fact that many consumers opt for larger built-in hobs or range cookers in combination with a thinner work surface. This means that large cut-outs have to be made in the work surface. A solid support for the worktop during installation is therefore of the utmost importance. The same applies when a wide cupboard is planned to go underneath the work surface. As a rule, Arte offers installation supports for any cupboard sizes exceeding 600 mm width. Ask your kitchen supplier whether these aspects were taken into account.
- What is composite stone?
Composite stone is an industrially manufactured product with many natural elements that give the kitchen worktop a beautiful and authentic look, all the while guaranteeing its solidity. These raw materials are pressed together and processed in a factory. The vacuum vibration process applied to the components of the composite material during pressing ensures that the slabs become non-porous. This means that juices, acids, stains and scratches don't stand a chance of damaging worktops made from composite materials. And all this benefits the lifespan of the composite worktop. And that lifespan is extremely long! In theory, the lifespan is unlimited. That is, if the end user adheres to the maintenance guidelines.
- What is the best way to maintain a composite kitchen worktop?
A kitchen worktop made from a composite material can easily be cleaned with a lukewarm solution of water and ArteCream. Afterwards, rinse the surface with water and remove this with a synthetic wiper. Finish by drying the surface with a cloth. Some composite colours require extra maintenance, such as the darker hues in a matt finish (suede). These colours tend to show up grease stains such as fingerprints a lot more than others. The best thing to do, is to spray some window cleaner onto a piece of kitchen towel and use this to rub the stained area. Limescale on the work surface or around the taps can easily be removed with some natural vinegar.