Updated: Jan 3
What do you know about quartz material? Usually we always hear different things about it, here at Drd we like to know all those things and always inform our customers about quartz.
Quartz countertops usually is called engineered stone, why? Well its man-made.
In 1963, the technology of creating engineered stone was developed by the Breton Company in Northeast Italy. Breton stone Technology has been licensed to more than fifty companies around the world, including famous quartz brands like Silestone,
Cambria and Caesarstone- which we carry here at DRD Granitops.
Not only is quartz used on kitchen and bathroom counters, it has also been used for flooring. No doubt you have walked on quartz countertop material and not even know it!
What to know before you buy
Kitchen countertops need to be durable, attractive, and easy to clean and maintain. While many countertop materials hit a few positive points, quartz countertops hit them all.
Quartz have developed a reputation as high end material
Quartz countertop material is a hard, manmade product used mainly in kitchens and bathrooms.
Even if you are not familiar with quartz as a name for this material, you may be familiar with its more prosaic name: engineered stone counters. Quartz counters are 93-percent made up of stone-like materials and 7-percent of binders that are either plastic-like (polymeric) or cement-based. Of those stone-like materials, quartz is only one of many substances. These materials come from either crushed waste stone from quarries or recycled industrial waste. Waste includes fragments of ceramic, silica, glass, mirrors, or more.
These stone-like materials provide quartz counters with the solidity, durability, and lack of porosity needed for the heavy demands of cooking. Some manufacturers also combine antibacterial substances.
How to take care of your Quartz Countertops
Wipe Your Quartz counters With Mild Dish Soap And A Soft Rag
Take a soft cloth or sponge and dip it in a warm water and soap mix. Take the sponge and begin to gently but firmly wipe down the quartz tops. Wipe them down as often as you need.
Deep Clean Quartz With A Glass Cleaner
Take a safe glass cleaner and pray it on your quartz tops. Let the glass cleaner liquid sit for a few minutes before you wipe down the counters using a wet cloth. While some quartz companies say it is perfectly okay to use glass cleaners, others want you to stay far away from them. Just to remain on the safe side, we encourage you to call your quartz company and ask them if it is okay to use a glass cleaner to deep clean your quartz.
Preventing Quartz Countertop Damage
Clean Up Spills Immediately
Even though engineered stone like quartz will resist stains for only a small period of time, you should not let the stains just sit there for too long. You still run the risk of damaging your countertops if you do. You should clean quartz as soon as the spill happens. You can take a mild soap and warm water mix to clean up the spill. Permanent stains can occur if the spill was coffee, wine, or tea. Just be careful.
Quartz Countertop Protection From High Temperatures
To protect your quartz countertops from really hot temperatures you can use mats or trivets to place your crock pots, hot pans and electric skillets on. You do not want to place an object that is extremely hot, directly on your quartz because it will damage the countertop. If you will be sipping on citrus like drinks, make sure to use coasters. Citrus liquids don’t mesh well with quartz counters.
Stay Away From Harsh Cleaners
Using highly alkaline or acidic cleaners will hurt your quartz counters. If an extremely acidic or alkaline solution falls on your countertops run and grab a wet cloth dipped in water and mild detergent then clean it up. Keep nail polish, oven cleaner, turpentine, drain cleaners, bleach, methylene chloride, and all other harsh agents away.