Frequently Asked Questions
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Is Smartstone expensive?
No, it’s very affordable. And there is a Smartstone colour to suit every interior style and budget. Smartstone offers four price ranges – the Essentials Range, Premium Range, Luxury Range and Exclusive Range. Part of the beauty of Smartstone is that it gives you flexibility and choice when selecting the bench top that suits you.
What is Smartstone made of?
Smartstone is a surface material composed of a minimum of 93% natural quartz, resins used as a binding agent and pigments. Smartstone’s veined surfaces are manufactured using advanced technology to create the most natural looking surfaces available in engineered stone.
How durable is Smartstone?
Smartstone gives you the beauty of natural stone but with a harder surface. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth and therefore Smartstone offers superior durability and the practical benefits of being:
- heat resistant
- scratch resistant
- stain resistant
- chip resistant
- chemical resistant
- non porous
- mould and mildew resistant
Can Smartstone be used in food preparation areas?
Yes. Smartstone is virtually non-porous and perfectly suited for residential and commercial kitchen areas and food preparation areas. Smartstone is compliant with the International Health and Safety Foundation sanitary standard NSF51 that guarantees that its quartz-based surfaces are safe for use in all food environments.
What edge profile can I have on my Smartstone benchtop?
Smartstone can be fabricated with any edge profile but square edges are not recommended as they are most prone to damage from chipping. The most common type is the pencil or bevelled edge. All polished edges should have a minimum radius of 4-5mm as the greater the surface area of the edge; the more resistant the edge will be to chipping. The Smartstone Warranty does not cover damage to polished edges through wear-and-tear or negligence.
Where in my home can Smartstone be applied?
Smartstone is ideal for kitchen bench tops, splashbacks, bathroom vanity tops, bath and shower surrounds, custom furniture applications and almost any internal bench top application. Smartstone is also widely used in commercial applications.
Can Smartstone be used outdoors?
Smartstone is not recommended for external use. Outdoor applications of Smartstone Quartz are not covered by Smartstone’s 15-year Limited Warranty.
What makes Smartstone’s colours so unique?
Smartstone’s collections offer an exceptional purity and consistency of colour and pattern that can’t be found elsewhere. And all 24 colours in our range are exclusive to Smartstone. Every surface product has been sourced from leading manufacturers internationally to offer the most beautiful and versatile colour collection available.
Is Smartstone stain resistant?
Yes, Smartstone is extremely resistant to staining. We’ve tested coffee, tea, fruit juices, liquid food colouring, Coca-Cola, red wine and olive oil and these substances did not leave stains on Smartstone. (Testing performed by CSIRO
Is Smartstone resistant to heat?
Yes, Smartstone is heat resistant and not affected by temperatures lower than 180C. Like all stone material, Smartstone can be damaged by sudden and rapid heat changes (this is called thermal shock) so we always recommend that hot pots and pans never be placed directly on a Smartstone surface but onto a heat trivet or chopping board. Placing hot pots or pans on your benchtop can also cause your benchtop to scorch due to the resin content.
Does Smartstone require sealing?
No, Smartstone is non-porous and no sealing or waxing is required.
How do I take care of my Smartstone surface?
Smartstone requires minimal maintenance. To keep it clean, simply wipe it with a soft cloth, warm water and any pH neutral liquid detergent. See the Care & Maintenance section on this website for more information.