There are several common misconceptions about the installation and upkeep of quartz countertops in the home. Quartz is a durable, beautiful and practical option in a countertop for a bathroom or a kitchen.
Quartz is not a true natural stone like marble or granite. However, it is made of about 93% natural quartz, which is then mixed with a resin and baked, creating a slab. From this slab, a custom countertop is created and installed to fit specifically in the MN home kitchen or bathroom.
To help clarify some of the myths about quartz, here are the facts about this very popular kitchen countertop option.
Myth: Quartz Counters are Indestructible
With the addition of the resin and the use of quartz, the quartz countertops that are professionally installed are extremely durable in any kitchen or bathroom. They are non-porous, which means they do not have to be sealed, and they are extremely resistant to heat, chipping or cracking.
However, as with any type of material, quartz can be damaged. Typically, in most kitchens and bathrooms, this is rarely a concern as it takes significant temperature and force to create damage.
Myth: Quartzite and Quartz are the Same
Quartzite is a newer addition to kitchen and bathroom countertop materials in MN homes. While the two sound very similar, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that quarried and cut into slabs, just like marble or granite.
Myth: Quartz Countertops are Hard to Clean
With their non-porous nature, there is a limited risk of any type of staining or surface changes with quartz countertops. In most cases, any type of accident or spill can be wiped up with the damp cloth and soapy water. Rinse with a clean cloth and dry for a shiny surface.
Do not use abrasive cleaners, products with any type of lye or any type of scrubbing cleaning material such as steel wool or scrubbing pads. This is no different from other types of countertops surfaces, and most people already use these practices with their current countertops.