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What is Quartz?

Natural quartz, technically called quartzite, is an extremely hard mineral. It’s a metamorphic rock, which means it began as one type of rock and changed to another through a natural process. In this case, sandstone became quartzite when it was subjected to extreme heat and pressure underneath the earth’s crust.

While quartzite is the scientific name of the natural stone, quartz is the name of its manmade counterpart.

Quartz comprises 90-97% crushed quartzite with the remaining 3-10% consisting of natural silicon dioxide, resin, and colorants. This mixture is formed into slabs, cured, and cut into kitchen countertops, kitchen islands, vanity tops, backsplashes, shower surrounds, and tiles. Well-known quartz manufacturers include Cambria, Silestone, and Cesarstone.

Why Choose Quartz for Countertops?

Consumers, designers, and builders have long loved engineered quartz for its many appealing attributes.

  • Unparalleled durability. The blend of natural quartzite with super-grade resins yields a product that is even harder than stone. Countertops are unlikely to chip or crack.
  • Resistance to bacteria. Engineered quartz is nonporous, meaning that the continuous surface contains no gaps or holes that will trap food, liquids, germs, or bacteria.
  • No need for sealing. Because quartz is nonporous, it does not need sealing or resealing. Maintenance and care are minimal.
  • Stain- and scratch-resistant. The nonporous nature of quartz plus its extreme durability means it is not as vulnerable to staining or scratches as other materials.
  • Peaceful uniformity. While natural stone contains erratic veining, with no two slabs alike, engineered quartz is appreciated for its homogeneous properties. Its color and texture are consistent throughout every piece.
  • Endless color options. Because quartz is engineered, countertops may be produced in any color desired, from subdued to bold and every variation in between.
  • Many profile options. From rounded to straight to sculptured, edging profiles run the gamut. The fashioning of the mold is the only constraint.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Cleaning quartz countertops is easy. Simply use a clean cloth and warm, soapy water. Wipe off the countertop, rinse the cloth in clean water, and wipe the surface again. Degreasing products may be applied if they do not contain bleach. Buy degreasers that are specially formulated for use on quartz. Tough stains such as ink, dye, or permanent marker may be removed with denatured alcohol. Apply to a clean cloth and rub the cloth over the stain until it disappears. Finish by cleaning the counter with warm water.

Quartz Countertop Care

  • Quartz is stain-resistant but is not impervious to stains. Therefore, spills should be wiped up quickly before they have a chance to set. Substances such as wine, coffee, and tea can stain quartz permanently if left to set.
  • Do not put hot pans or dishes directly onto quartz surfaces. Use trivets, hot pads, or mats underneath hot items.
  • Do not put very cold items directly onto quartz surfaces. Use coasters under cold drinks. Quartz may be damaged by sudden changes in temperature.
  • Use cutting boards. Do not use sharp knives on quartz countertops. Quartz is scratch-resistant, not scratch-proof.
  • Quartz countertops are hard and very durable, so they rarely chip or crack. However, if a heavy or sharp object comes down with force onto a quartz countertop, it is vulnerable to damage.
  • Do not use cleaners with highly acidic or highly alkaline ingredients. Examples of products to avoid using on quartz include oven cleaner, bleach, turpentine, drain cleaner, and nail polish remover

Division Nine Fabricates and Installed Quartz Products

Division Nine design specialists are available to help customers explore the world of natural and engineered stone. We understand that the variety of options and choices can be overwhelming. We’ll help you identify the features that are important to you. Factoring in preference, space constraints, and budget, we will help you make confident choices.

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