Quartz is a man-made material and is designed to be one of the toughest and most durable materials. It is resistant to heat, scratching, mildew and water. Made from natural crushed stone and roughly 6% bonding agent, even the best quartz countertops is often every bit as hard wearing as Granite. It is always worth using a trivet or barrier when putting down a pan that is very hot, and also do remember that diamonds are tougher than Quartz, so beware diamond rings, as they may cause scratching. Finally, and for a variety of reasons, it is always recommended to use a chopping surface for cutting with a knife or when using other sharp utensils.
Over the time, as the protective sealant becomes less effective, your quartz kitchen countertops may become more susceptible to ‘low level’ staining, and this can be difficult to repair. In particular it is best practice to remove spills of acidic materials quickly- for example; vinegar, wine and citrus fruit juices. Sometimes, prolonged exposure to such day to day ‘acidic’ substances can cause staining even in a new and freshly sealed Quartz (or even Granite) work surface as the acid can penetrate the sealants. Resealing your Quartz work surface is straightforward and can be done for a fraction of the price of a new worktop, so keep it in mind.
One should begin by mentioning that quartz kitchen countertops is extremely low maintenance, in fact it is more about what NOT to do. Quartz work surfaces are coated with a protective sealant, in order to keep the protective sealant intact it is important to avoid the use of commercial cleaning agents that are acidic, abrasive or alkaline. It is worth remembering that while your Quartz work surface is stain resistant; do not assume it is entirely stain proof. It is always a good idea to clean any liquids that might cause stains on general surfaces from your quartz surface quickly. You need to take care of your quartz kitchen countertops exactly the same way as you do a Granite surface. All you should need is hot and soapy water.
Quartz offers a flexibility of design that you do not get with Granite- vibrant colours can really make a statement in a modern kitchen, and do remember it is equally as hard wearing. The area that Granite scores against Quartz is that it is easier to repair on the rare occasion when damage does occur.
So, even your quartz kitchen countertops is going to be very durable and hardwearing, and will last indefinitely, but in order to protect the finish we recommend to take care with acids, heat and sharp implements and don’t forget, only clean it with warm soapy water, never use harsh or abrasive cleaning agents.