A kitchen countertop made from 100% recycled materials
PaperStone countertops have finally arrived in South Africa, and this is one countertop material that is manufactured using 100% recyclable materials. In fact, PaperStone is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and PaperStone’s phenolic resins - rendering it the greenest architectural surface on the planet.
Its unique beauty, functionality and reliability offer an exciting alternative to more traditional solid surfaces. Using pigments rather than dyes assures superior UV resistance, colour stability and even distribution of colour throughout the entire panel.
Phenolic resin and paper composites have long been known to have superior tensile, compression, impact and flexural strengths. They are long lasting, abrasion resistant, absorb virtually no water and are the products of choice in applications requiring high fire resistance. PaperStone has a Class A fire rating.
PaperStone is ideal for countertops in any room, restaurant food preparation surfaces, conference tabletops, signs and plaques, windowsills and many more uses.
PaperStone warrants its product to be free from manufacturing defects for the period of 15 years from the original date of installation - terms and conditions obviously apply.
Although durable, PaperStone is still a composite material made from recycled paper and, therefore, it is not as resilient to everyday wear and tear in comparison to, say for example, a quartz surface.
However, with proper care and maintenance there is no reason why a PaperStone can't look good for many years to come. The manufacturers recommend that the surface be cleaned after each use and that spills be cleaned up immediately to minimize any possible damage to the surface, especially vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners. Avoid using cleaning substances that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners as well as abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
You can also ensure the natural beauty of PaperStone by regularly wiping down with a food-safe natural bee’s wax furniture polish.
Things to Avoid
PaperStone is heat resistant to 180°C however a trivet or heating pad must be used to ensure no damage will be caused but exceedingly hot pots, skillets or poorly insulated crock pots taken directly out of the oven or off the stove and purposefully placed on the counter surface.
PaperStone is extremely dense and more durable than wood and is resistant to scratches. However, similar to all surfaces, it c an be scratched. Most scratches are usually light, superficial and easily removed/repairable.
Benefits of PaperStone
Due to PaperStone’s non-porosity, it is food safe and hygienic as it does not promote the growth of bacteria. However when cutting up fruits, vegetables and meats, a cutting board should be used as an extra protection to your surface and in turn your utensils. This will also prolong the appearance of the surface.
For more information on this product, visit StoneTech.