When it comes to countertops everyone raves about granite, granite, granite, but if you have quartz countertops, you know you have just as many bragging rights as everyone else. Quartz is equally as strong as granite, and better.
Quartz is non-porous making it easy to clean, but also more flexible so that it is less likely to chip or crack than granite.
If you’re still unsure about quartz countertops, continue reading to learn more about the many benefits they offer.
Do my quartz countertops need to be sealed?
One of the greatest things about quartz countertops is that unlike their granite and marble counterparts, they do not need to be sealed, ever.
This is because quartz is a naturally non-porous material. Even as various pieces of quartz are pieced together per some consumers requests, the quartz have naturally smooth surfaces and any gaps are completely filled in the process of making the counter piece.
How do I clean my quartz countertops?
Since quartz is so non-porous, it’s easy to clean. You don’t have to worry about dirt and grime getting into little cracks.
What you should worry about is how harsh those chemicals are that you’re using as cleaning agents. Over time these chemicals can actually wear down the quartz more than you think.
Instead, all it takes is a mild soap with warm water, and you can clean your quartz countertops anytime.
With soapy water, wash the dirty area and then scrub again with fresh water. As a rule of thumb, always clean spills as soon as they happen, otherwise they harden.
For hardened spills and deep cleaning: start by scraping off the mess. Then create a vinegar solution of vinegar and water. Spray the area. Wipe clean. If the mess or a stain remains, use a cleaning product. It also helps to occasionally spray your countertops with glass cleaner to make them more resistant and easier to clean.
What if my quartz countertop cracks?
Although quartz countertops are very strong and difficult to chip or crack, it could happen. So, be prepared if it does.
If your quartz countertop chips or breaks, there are a few things you can do. For small cracks, on light colored quartz, use superglue. For dark or textured counters, you may use a pigmented epoxy.
For even larger damages like a hole, use a use a laminate repair paste.
In very rare circumstances does your quartz countertop ever need to be replaced, however if this happens, you’ll likely want to bring in the experts.
Replacing quartz costs around $75 per square foot. After that, labor fees may be applied. If you want to reduce the risk of damaging or having to replace your quartz keep these things in mind: never use abrasive cleaning tools such as a pumice stone, don’t expose quartz to extreme temperatures, and use quartz indoors only.
So, if you are in the market for a new kitchen or bathroom countertop, quartz is an excellent and durable option. Start your remodeling project by speaking to a professional designer.
Best Granite and Marble can help you with your bathroom and kitchen remodel. We specialize in affordable design and installation of quartz, granite, marble and porcelain countertops. Our countertops solutions include a wide variety of colors and sizes and our professional designers can help you with sales, design and installation ensuring you select the perfect countertop for your remodeling project. Call us today for a Consultation and Free Estimate!