The structure of Silestone gives it the hardness and strength of granite with the natural, textured, good looks found in marble and limestone. Silestone is scratch resistant, heat resistant and stain resistant. This makes it relatively maintenance free for use in the kitchen as it can withstand all the stains and scratches that may be caused by using the surface directly when cooking. To get an even longer life from your Silestone counter tops, however, it is recommended you do not place very hot containers directly on the Silestone work top. Place a stand in between the container and the Silestone counter top and use a chopping board for cutting.