What are the disadvantages of artificial stone countertops? Is artificial stone countertops good?
Artificial stone is currently the most commonly used material for cabinet countertops. It is generally made by mixing unsaturated polyester resin with fillers and pigments, adding a small amount of initiator, and following certain processing procedures.
The hazards of artificial stone countertops
In fact, artificial stone is made of clay, natural marble or granite gravel. The filler is made of cement, gypsum and unsaturated polyester resin as the binder, which is formed by mixing, grinding and polishing.
There is no essential difference between the radioactive elements contained in it and natural stone. If it is an artificial stone processed with a material with a high level of radioactivity, the content of radioactive elements may be higher than that of natural stone! When choosing artificial stone, you must also choose a suitable product category in accordance with the selection criteria of natural stone.
If a person is exposed to a strong radioactive environment for a long time, it will increase the risk of cancer. When consumers buy stone for home decoration, if there is no relevant test report, it is best to take the product sample to a qualified testing agency for testing, or ask the tester to go to the home to check whether the radioactive level exceeds the standard.
Disadvantages and advantages of artificial stone countertops
Advantages: artificial stone is more wear-resistant, acid-resistant, high-temperature resistant, and impact-resistant , Compression resistance, flexural resistance, anti-permeability and other functions are also very strong. The processing of deformation, bonding, turning and other parts is unique; it is rich in patterns, integrally formed, and can be repeatedly polished and refurbished. Therefore, the anti-fouling power is strong, because there are no pores on the surface, oil and water stains are not easy to penetrate into it. General stains can be wiped off with a damp cloth or detergent; it can be seamlessly bonded at any length, and two pieces of adhesive of the same material After bonding, it is polished, and there is no trace at the seams.
Disadvantages: the naturalness is obviously insufficient, the texture is relatively fake; the price is higher, even the seamless artificial stone can not withstand the sharp objects such as metal. And because of the different processing technology, the quality is divided into three or six or nine grades, so in the selection, you must choose a brand with a good reputation and a guaranteed service. Industry insiders suggest that based on cost calculations, it is best not to consider artificial stones less than 1,000 yuan.
Maintenance of artificial stone countertops
If the artificial stone cabinets are too dirty, the general rag can be used to clean the artificial stone. The agent maintenance kit is cleaned or refurbished by sanding. After that, you must remember to wipe off the water stains on the countertop with a dry towel and keep the artificial stone dry to extend the life of the artificial stone.
If the artificial stone cabinets have been washed or used for a long time and the gloss appears darkened, furniture wax can be used to increase the brightness, but it is best to sand the following artificial stones with sandpaper before use. Note that the sanding tool must be Sandpaper sanding, because other tools can easily damage the surface of the artificial stone or fail to work.
Only according to the above correct method to clean and care the artificial stone, can it be guaranteed that the artificial stone will last a long time, and the performance will be poor Subject to any influence, this has a very important effect on prolonging the life of artificial stone.