Because kitchens are a high activity area, many homeowners take extra care in building up an esthetically pleasing room that is both comfortable and value-enhancing. An increasingly popular and growing trend in kitchen remodeling of late has been quartz countertops.
Granite and white marble are also becoming more fashionable in kitchens, but quartz is garnering a strong following. White quartz has a similar look with white marble, but it is available in a large-scale format. This makes it popular to homeowners who have large kitchen islands.
The more modern quartz makeup for kitchen countertops actually is 95 percent natural quartz with the rest being polymer resins. This creates a more natural stony look to the room that is super hard and easy to maintain. While as durable as marble, quartz is actually somewhat more forgiving. It doesn’t crack or chip away as easily and has a more comfortable, non-hard feel to it.
Cleaning it is easier compared to marble and granite because quartz is non-porous and doesn’t stain as easily as the other materials. Whether it is juice or wine, liquid items don’t leave much of a mark if any. Because it is non-porous, quartz also won’t contain bacteria or potential viruses.
Quartz has a more contemporary look, so those who favor a more traditional kitchen feel aren’t likely to go for it. Also, it is pricey compared to others. However, many feel the price is worth it given its durability, look, and low-maintenance nature. Due to the strong durability and lack of potential stain damage, resealing its surface usually isn’t necessary.
If there is a weakness to quartz, it is that it can get damaged by excessive heat. So don’t place a cooking pot that has just been removed from the stove on its surface without a heating pad or a trivet. Also a cutting board is needed to help protect the surface. It can get scratched with a knife if you are cutting up vegetables without something between the quartz the blade.
Cleaning quartz countertops is relatively easy compared to other possible surfaces due to the stain resistance of the material. It doesn’t even carry potential ill diseases. A simple liquid detergent cleaner for stone materials needs to be sprayed on the surface. Then, use a damp dish towel to wipe down the area. The cleaning material doesn’t need to have bleach either, You can even use certain towel wipes to get the job done.
When it comes to grease, using a greased lightning cleaner material is preferable. Grease can sometimes be heated and that could affect the quartz surface, so try to remove greasy materials from the surface as soon as possible.
One sort of material that needs to be kept away from a quartz counter top would be permanent markers. These are one of the few potential stains that can affect the surface. Try to remove the stain as soon as possible when it occurs by rubbing Goo Gone solution to it.
Things that stick such as gum can be gently scrapped away with a plastic putty knife. The emphasis here should be on plastic and not metal which could leak to scratch marks on it.
Strong chemicals and solvents such as paint thinners, bleach, and nail polish remover are items that shouldn’t be used on a quartz countertop.
If you quickly clean and remove material from the countertop after using the area for cooking purposes, then there shouldn’t be much long-term damage to worry about. Then, it will be simply a matter of consistently wiping it down and conducting a short clean of it every week or so in order to keep the quartz in its luxurious state.
Make sure you keep the heat away from the quartz countertop by utilizing protective equipment (cutting board, pads) and, with the occasional wipe-down, the product should last for a long time and cover the time you spend within the home.
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