Is Quartz a Safe Countertop Material?

Quartz, or engineered stone, is highly resistant to the routine wear and tear of daily life. Because quartz is made from a tough combination of natural crystals and resin, this product is very durable and long lasting. Quartz is a safe material for bathroom, kitchen or office countertops, but standard precautions must be taken to protect this man made material from damage and prevent fading of your quartz countertop colors.

Although quartz countertops are resistant to scratches, dents, scuffs, burns and stains, these surfaces can be damaged when exposed to heat or to certain chemicals or tools. Gentle cleaning with a mild detergent and water is all that's required to maintain these surfaces. To keep your quartz countertops safe from damage, take care not to expose them to harsh chemicals, permanent dyes or inks, abrasive cleansers, direct heat or knives and other metal tools.

Quartz in Kitchens and Bathrooms

Quartz is a non porous material that does not require a sealant to protect the surface against dirt, moisture or germs. The polymers used to manufacture quartz make the surfaces extremely sturdy and durable. In the kitchen, quartz countertops are resistant to ordinary contact with metal, ceramic, glass or other materials commonly used in cookware. However, quartz countertops should not be scraped with metal tools. When you're cutting food, use a cutting board rather than cutting or slicing directly onto a quartz surface.

In the kitchen, protecting food from exposure to bacteria is a big concern. Quartz countertops are non porous, meaning that these surfaces are continuous and smooth and do not have any tiny openings in the surface. Unlike wood and some forms of stone, quartz will not absorb water or other liquids. Bacteria have no place to grow on a quartz surface, as long as it's wiped clean after preparing food. Use a cutting board made of marble or another non porous material to avoid scratching your countertops.

Germs tend to collect in bathrooms as well as kitchens. The moisture and warmth that gather in the bathroom make it a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and mildew. A sink or vanity topped with quartz offers protection against bacterial growth as well as longevity and beauty. With regular cleaning, quartz countertops keep bathrooms sanitary by discouraging the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. When cleaning quartz countertops, do not use bleach or other harsh or abrasive cleansers. Bleach may discolor or damage a quartz counter.

Protecting Quartz Surfaces

Quartz countertops can stand up to a lot of wear and tear, but they shouldn't be exposed to excessive impact or harsh chemicals. In the kitchen, use hot pads or trivets on your countertops to prevent hot skillets or pots from making contact with quartz surfaces. In the bathroom, curling irons and other heated appliances shouldn't be left sitting on sinks or vanities.

Although quartz is non porous and resists stains, liquid spills should be wiped up promptly. Coffee, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and other liquids should not be allowed to sit on a quartz countertop for long periods of time. If permanent dye or ink is spilled on the counter, rinse the area promptly with water, then use a cleanser approved by the manufacturer for removing permanent stains. If you need to scrape dried food or paint or hardened grease off a quartz countertop, use a rounded plastic utensil, like a putty knife.

To get the maximum use from this investment, choose quartz countertops that are covered by a warranty. A manufacturer's warranty will replace or repair a countertop if it shows evidence of a manufacturer's defect. With a reliable warranty and proper care, quartz is a safe countertop material.

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