A Balance Between Nature and Technology
What is a Quartz Countertop?
Long considered a valuable home investment by Designers and Architects, Quartz countertops have become more affordable as they have become more popular. Although there are some countertops which are made of actual quartz slabs, most quartz countertops are actually a product engineered from at least 93 percent crushed quartz, the second most common mineral both very hard and virtually non porous, creating a durable and easily maintained countertop with the beauty of natural stone.
Care and Maintenance:
Quartz countertops do not require sealing as they are a virtually non porous material. Regular washing using warm, soapy water with a soft damp cloth followed by a rinse and wipe to remove excess water for regular care will ensure the lasting performance and beauty of the material.
Although engineered Quartz countertops are virtually non porous and stain resistant from most foods and beverages, it is still recommended to cleanup spills and stains as quickly as possible with warm, soapy water. For stubborn stains, a non abrasive household cleaner and a non scratch cleaning pad may be required. To remove stains dried onto your countertop, first remove the extra material and then follow the steps outlined above. Avoid strong cleaning solvents or detergents which will damage the surface finish.
The hardness of your engineered Quartz countertop is rated at a 7 on the MOHS scale, the standard scale for measuring strength and hardness. This ensures your countertops will resist scratching and maintain it’s beautiful finish. However, as with other countertops such as granite, they can be scratched or damaged. It is recommended that you do not use sharp or heavy objects on your countertop directly and use a cutting board when possible.
Hot and Cold:
As with most natural products and stone, your Quartz countertop can be sensitive to dramatic changes in temperature. It is strongly recommended that you use trivets or cutting boards underneath countertop appliances such as crock pots, toaster ovens or electric frying pans and do not place hot or cold pots and pans directly on your countertop surface.