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Apr 04

Stockett Staff

How to Take Care of Quartz Countertops

by Stockett Staff

Protect and maintain your Quartz countertops with these tips.

Quartz, also known as engineered stone, is made by combining natural quartz with resins and pigments. Manmade techniques are used to create something close to natural stone in both durability and appearance. Due to new techniques, Quartz is now available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Its durable and easy-to-clean nature makes it a great fit for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Your main concern with any Quartz countertop should be to keep it clean and protected. Don’t let spills or stains sit for too long and try to clean the surface daily with a bit of soap and water. Here are a few other things you can do to make sure your Quartz countertop lasts as long as possible:

Prevent Staining

Quartz is nonporous, meaning it doesn’t absorb spills or chemicals—it’s already doing an efficient job of preventing staining! And since Quartz doesn’t have to be sealed yearly like granite, you save even more time down the road.

However, some chemicals and substances can cause damage without seeping into the rock. These include permanent markers, certain solvents and dyes, and various cleaning solutions such as bleach. If any of these substances spill onto the surface, make sure to wipe it down right away with warm water.

Avoid Excessive Heat

Quartz is heat resistant. However, it is not heatproof. Because the resin binding the Quartz matrix is heated, your countertops will turn white if brought into contact with very hot objects. Extremely hot temperatures can even crack the stone. For this reason, Quartz is a less-than-desirable choice for any outdoor installations as direct sunlight can ruin Quartz.

It is a very bad idea to place hot skillets or pans directly on top of a Quartz countertop. Make use of heating pads or other protected surfaces.

Clean Regularly

Although Quartz countertops are hard to damage or stain, regular cleanings are still required in order to ensure that they stay in tip-top shape. Start off with a quick cloth and warm soapy water rinse. Next, use a blunt scraper to get rid of any dried residue. Old credit cards are perfect for this. Finally, finish up with a cleanser of your choice and a final rinse.

Remember, Quartz Isn’t Indestructible

Quartz is a heavy-duty stone—it can absorb a great deal of punishment. Cuts and scratches aren’t going to happen easily. However, Quartz isn’t immune to damage. Make sure to use a cutting board, just in case, and avoid dropping heavy objects onto the surface.

Have any questions about other ways to maintain your Quartz countertops?

Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988 to set up a time to see our dunnage yard, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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