The benefits of Quartz
Quartz is an engineered stone and the manufacturing process allows a much wider range of colors than you will find in natural stones such as granite or marble. The appearance of the finished engineered stone is rich, even luxurious. Quartz is made up of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin, pigments and fillers. The finish has a depth that cannot be produced with other solid surface materials.
Like other hard surface countertop materials, quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite and marble. It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen. For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses. You can always be confident that you are getting your quartz countertop absolutely clean, and that is a great benefit in both the kitchen and the bathroom.
Another important quality is that Quartz has the same durability as concrete and granite, but is quite a bit more forgiving, so it does not chip or crack as easily. It does not have the same hardness in the feel that some people find unpleasant.
Quartz is one of the most durable stones in the world and is extremely low maintenance. It is heat and stain resistant. These qualities make it a popular choice for modern kitchens and floors and it can give any room a modern, sleek and smooth finish.
Here at Granite Tops we can provide you with a very varied palate of plain, mirror flecked. marble effect, granite effect and mottled quartz through our exclusive brand Mason Quartz. We only use Quartz with a 25 Year warranty.
Quartz is resistant to heat, scratches and stains, however use of trivets or hot pads is recommended for placing roasting pans or hot saucepans on. Also use a cutting board for chopping, cutting and slicing. Wipe all spills immediately. Like most products, extreme or excessive exposure may change the surface.
Here is a table to provide some comparison between the various attributes of Quartz, Granite, Laminate and other solid surface materials.
|Chip and crack resistance||Excellent||Good||Good||Excellent|
|Heat and burn resistance||Good||Good||Good||Good|
|Resistance to household
chemicals, acids and solvents
|Non-absorbency and non-porosity||Excellent||Good||Good||Excellent|
|Mold and mildew resistance||Excellent||Good||Good||Good|
|Immunity to freeze and thaw||Excellent||Excellent||Fair||Fair|
Care & Maintenance of your quartz worktop:
Below is a list of do’s and don’ts for quartz countertops:
- Clean with a warm cloth and mildly soapy water
- Wipe up all spills immediately
- Use worktop protectors or chopping boards for hot pots and pans
- Use rough or abrasive cleaners like metallic scouring pads or strong cleaners as Mr Muscle or bleach on the countertops
- Avoid contact with heavy duty chemicals and solvents like paint and furniture stripper, battery acid, degreasers
- To prevent discoloration avoid contact with permanent markers, inks, hair dyes, oil based soaps etc.
- Slide rough objects across the surface
- Drop pots, pans, heavy objects on the surface or edging as chipping can occur
- Do not expose your worktop to excessive heat such as frying pans, saucepans etc.. The use of trivets & plastic/wooden chopping boards are strongly advised.
- Leave spills to sit for days/hours before they are wiped up.
- Do not cut directly on the worktop. We recommend the use of chopping boards.
For daily cleaning we recommend using a soft cloth with warm water and a drop of soap, such as fairy washing up liquid. This will help maintain the natural beauty and shine of the quartz surface. Polished quartz surface’s by nature has a low porosity. It does not require the application of any sealants as it is already naturally highly resistant to surface staining from oils, wines, coffee, tea etc.
In the event of any stubborn marks on the polished quartz surface, firstly wipe the area clean with warm water and then apply CIF to the area and rub gently. Rinse area with water after cleaning.
Granite Tops recommend the specially formulate cleaner “Hanafinn Rejuvenata” which is available in Tescos.
For marks that harden when they dry (food, chewing gum etc.) remove by gently scraping the material off the quartz surface using a blunt plastic blade then wash and remove any residual matter with a non-abrasive cleaner, such as “Hanafinn Rejuvenata” and warm water.
Any lime scale or water marks can be removed using household lime scale removers. Manufacturer’s usage recommendations should be adhered to. Micro Fibre cloths will also remove any streaking that occurs.
Hairline cracking can occur when hot pots or pans taken directly off a hob or an over and placed on the counter. This is due to a rapid change in temperature (Thermal Shock). We recommend using place mats or trivets in areas around cooking or “hot rods” as to prevent any cracking.
Chemicals to avoid
Avoid exposing your Mason quartz work surface to strong chemicals and solvents. Items to avoid would be nail polish remover, neat bleach, caustic soda, paint stripper and cleaning solutions that contain trichorethane or methylene or dimetilchlorine. We would also suggest to avoid aggressive cleaning agents like oven/grill cleaners that have high alkaline/PH levels.