Cimstone is comprised of a combination of quartz, glass, mirror or seashell fragments, pigments and polyester resin, which gives it unparalleled durability and strength. The use of pigment and various fragments, as well as basalt or brass raspings, produces many different looks to suit the decor of every kitchen.
The quartz content in particular provides an unbeatable toughness for cimstone worktops, by providing them with a Moh hardness rating of seven, which is only three degrees lower than diamond. The resulting high abrasion and scratch resistance is such that a cimstone worktop can actually be used to cut or slice food without the need for a chopping board.
An extremely low water absorption coefficient measurement ensures cimstone worktops remain stain free and extremely resistant to wear through alkalis or acids, such as vinegar, wine, olive oil, lemon juice and even nail polish remover – unlike many other surfaces.
Cimstone has been accredited and certified as an easy to clean, microbiologically hygienic surface perfectly safe for immediate contact with all types of food by several international health and safety institutions. All of this, of course, makes it the perfect solution for worktops in any kitchen.
Cimstone worktops are incredibly easy to care for. A simple wipe with a damp cloth and a little, preferably pH neutral, liquid or gel detergent will immediately restore the surface to its original shining beauty without the need to polish. Cleaning up accidental spills straight away will reduce the risk of permanent staining.
In spite of its toughness, even cimstone is not totally indestructible. As with any other surfaces, highly acidic or alkaline detergents may eventually wear down cimstone and cause its surface to dim. For this reason, it is best to avoid the use of such products and, if they do have to be used on the occasional tough stain, to ensure they are properly rinsed off the surface as quickly as possible.
Although cimstone can tolerate moderately hot temperatures for brief periods, it is advisable to use a trivet or some other kind of protective mat, rather than placing hot pots or trays straight from the grill or oven onto the unprotected surface.
Available in a broad range of colours and textures, cimstone worktops are a hygienic, tough and beautiful alternative to other natural stone products. Cared for properly, cimstone worktops will grace and enhance the look of a kitchen for years to come.
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