Five Facts About Quartz Countertops

#1 Quartz countertops are not really quartz.

Some quartz is in there, but there is a difference, and it’s not a fine one either. Saying that quartz counters are all quartz is like saying that all the cars in a typical parking lot are Fords. Ten percent of a quartz counter consists of a binder, whether polymeric or cement-based. That leaves the other 90% of the ingredients that give quartz counters their stone-like look and feel: crushed or waste granite, marble, and natural stone or recycled industrial wastes like ceramic, silica, glass, mirrors, etc. In that end: to call the material “quartz” is technically accurate, but it’s more accurate to say that it’s a hot marketing term. Compound stone or engineered stone would be a more accurate terms, since ingredient proportions always change. In fact, some engineered stone contains no quartz at all.

#2 How to maintain them.

They are low maintenance. Some would say they’re maintenance-free. However, that doesn’t mean you can disregard them completely. Generally, warm, soapy water takes care of cleaning your kitchen work surfaces. Avoid abrasive cleansers and harsh chemicals, and always use a trivet under pans, deep fryers, and crock pots. If you leak something, clean it up as soon as you can. Quartz countertops are stain resistant, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t develop stains, especially if the spill is very acidic or left to linger. Avoid cutting foods directly on the surface without a cutting board. Although very hard, the surface can be scratched if enough downward force is asserted. Also, avoid scraping sticky messes off of the counters. If you must remove gum or paint, use a plastic scraper to gently scrape away the mess. If you find oil stains on your counter, use a cleanser with a degreasing agent that is labelled as safe for use on quartz.

#3 Wide color selection to choose from.

The main reason why quartz kitchen counters are really taking off is due to expanding color and pattern choices. Quartz kitchen countertops used to be available in a limited number of colors and patterns; that has all changed, and it has also changed the perception of quartz counters in the design world.

#4 Naturally heat resistant.

Quartz countertops are naturally heat resistant. While you can’t start placing your hot pans on the countertop all of the time, because the extreme heat can ruin anything on earth, a quartz kitchen countertop will stand up to your setting a pan down on it in an emergency, where lesser materials can’t stand the heat. What’s the saying about being in the kitchen and not standing in the heat…?

#5 Quartz countertops are easily and quickly installed.

Since they are manufactured in long thick slabs, quartz countertops can be installed in one single piece.

If you are planning to install quartz countertops in your next kitchen remodeling project, then find a reliable remodeling agency to perform this task.