Countertops in your kitchen or bathroom are likely your crowning jewel of the room. A lot of discussion, debate, pros and cons are tossed around when it comes to deciding on countertops so once they’re installed you should do everything in your power to make sure they remain intact and damage free as much as possible.
If you have chosen quartz countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, they are no exception to being maintenance free, but so worth it.
There are some specific steps you need to take to make sure you keep your countertops as damage-free and beautiful as possible for as long as you have them.
Quartz is a hard and hearty countertop option, making it ideal for the wear and tear and bustle of a kitchen. But that doesn’t mean it’s completely indestructible or not in need of some care to keep the stone from coming to harm. There are surefire ways to take care of your quartz countertop to ensure its life is long and beautiful.
Below are some facts about quartz countertops and ways you can take care of them best in your home.
Benefits of Quartz
Quartz is among the strongest materials you can pick for your countertop. While it’s not indestructible or 100% free from scratch damage, it is pretty close. It also offers a lot in the way of aesthetics and look. With quartz you get the best both worlds when it comes to durability and use and aesthetic of the countertop with beautiful and customizable colors while being twice as hard as glass and harder than the blade of a knife.
Caring for Quartz
Quartz requires similar care as granite countertops. The porous nature of the stone means you should be wiping of any spills as quickly as possible and keeping the surface as dry as possible during use. You should also use cooling racks for hot items and make sure to use cutting boards as the quartz can actually dullen your knives if you use them directly on the countertop surface.
Be Safe and Seal
While a countertop like quartz does not necessarily require a sealant, it does depend on how porous your particular stone cut is. The more porous the stone, the more sealant will be able to help the lifetime of your countertop. That being said, sealant can’t hurt and will only strengthen your countertop and prevent stains.
Are there countertops that look like quartz but aren’t?
Yes. Quartz is a very diverse stone and, as such, people will often mislabel weaker stone materials as quartz either believing they are some color of quartz as a way to mark up the price of a lesser stone. Be on the lookout and make sure your quartz is legit.
How do I know my countertop is quartz?
Tests of the material’s hardness is the easiest way to tell as quartz is extremely hard and its lookalikes are not. If a knife can scratch the surface or if the material is unable to scratch glass, then it is likely not quartz but a weaker material.
Talk to a countertop professional about your options and get the best possible quartz countertops for your home.
Best Granite and Marble can help you make the right decision by answering all your countertop questions to help determine the best countertop solution for your remodel or new build. We specialize in affordable design and installation of granite, quartz, marble and porcelain countertops that come in a wide range of colors, grades and styles.
We are a family owned and operated granite and marble business that has been making kitchens and bathrooms beautiful throughout Michigan homes for over 50 years. Call us today for a Free Consultation on your bathroom or kitchen countertop remodel project!