Home renovations are a big undertaking both in time, energy, and money. With that said you want to make sure you are choosing the right materials for the look you are trying to achieve and that you also know how to care for and maintain those items moving forward.
One of the most popular design trends in kitchens and bathrooms right now is quartz countertops. One look at the stunning colors and natural designs and it is clear to see why quartz is such a popular option. So, if you have decided to go ahead and install quartz countertops in your home, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind both during the buying process and then after the counters have been installed.
Why Choose Quartz?
For those who are still on the fence and are not sure if quartz is the right option for them, it may be helpful to read about the pros of using quartz countertops. While quartz has been around for ages, it is only just starting to gain in popularity. As far as natural stone countertops go, granite has been the clear frontrunner for quite some time, but that seems to be changing.
Quartz has a beautiful and very natural looking appearance. It works well with any decor style and because there are so many colors available, consumers will not have a problem finding one that works. Another big benefit of choosing quartz is that unlike natural stones, such as granite and marble, quartz is very strong and durable. Granite is known for durability, but in comparison, quartz is even more resilient. You will find it is very difficult to crack or chip your quartz countertops.
While quartz countertops do contain natural stone — the quartz — they also contain pigments and resins. This is what makes them so much stronger, more durable, maintenance free (in most cases), and easy to clean. Thus, while they contain natural stone, they are also engineered.
Resistant to Bacteria
Here is a pro that gets a category all its own, because it is just that impressive and important. Did you know that quartz will not hold bacteria or viruses? Even though quartz is a hard countertop, it is not porous. This means all the harmful bacteria sits on top of the counter, allowing you to easily clean it away, and not worry about it getting into the quartz. This is something that you have to worry about with concrete, marble, and granite countertops, as they are porous surfaces.
Now, because the counter is not absorbing these liquids, it also means when you spill something on it you will not have to worry about stains. Stains are something that can cause a lot of headaches with natural stone countertops. The counter is also able to resist odors, mildew, and mold.
If you happen to be a baker, then you will love the fact that you can roll out dough and pastry right on the counter knowing it is clean, safe, and nothing will sink into it. As well, quartz tends to stay quite cool to the touch, which is a baker’s dream for those finicky recipes.
How To Clean And Maintain Quartz Countertops
Of course, if you are going to go to the trouble to have quartz countertops installed, then you want to know how to clean and maintain them so they stay looking new. Quartz has a glossy finish to it and the great part is that this finish is maintenance free. You will not have to worry about sealing it, before you use it, and then resealing on a regular yearly basis. From the moment they are installed, you are ready to enjoy them.
As far as cleaning the countertops, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, it is important to clean spills as quickly as possible. Yes, it is true the counter will not stain, but it will make clean up a lot faster and easier if you do it right away.
The best way to clean up spills is to use a soft, clean dish towel with a small amount of mild dishwashing soap on it. If you are dealing with an old or stubborn mess, you may need to use a surface or glass cleaner and a sponge that is nonabrasive. A putty knife (make sure it is plastic), can be helpful in removing things such as paint, nail polish, and dried on gum.
What To Be Mindful Of
While quartz is beautiful, durable, and quite resilient, there are some things you will want to be mindful of. One thing you will want to stock up on is hot pads or trivets, as quartz does not do well under extreme heat. Yes, quartz is heat-resistant, but due to the fact it is made of resin, it can actually start to melt under extreme heat. That is why it is best to take precautions and just use a hot pad.
As well, you want to be sure you never use alkaline, acid, or abrasive cleaners and sponges on the counter. These can damage the counter, take away the glossy finish, and lead to discoloration. You want to be sure you use a soft cloth and mild cleaner, such as the dish soap mentioned above.
And, before you go chopping vegetables, meat, and fruits on the counter, make sure you place a cutting board under the knife. Slicing directly on the surface will most definitely lead to scratches.
Finally, the last tip has to do with where you plan to use the quartz. While it works great in an indoor kitchen, it is not a good choice for outdoor kitchens. The sun will end up splitting, warping, and fading the counter over time.
You Are Informed And Ready To Make That Purchase
Now that you have taken the time to read up on the many benefits of quartz, how to care for it and clean, and what to avoid, you are all set and ready to have that beautiful new counter installed in your home!