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 93% natural crushed quartz stone and roughly 7% bonding agent and pigments.
Even the best quartz countertops are often every bit as hard wearing as Granite. It is always worth using a trivet or barrier when putting down a pan which is very hot.
Also do remember that diamonds are tougher than Quartz, so beware of diamond rings, as they may cause scratching.
Finally, we highly recommend to use a chopping surface for cutting hard stuff with a knife or when using other sharp utensils.
How to clean
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.
One should begin by mentioning that quartz kitchen countertops is with extremely low maintenance, in fact it is more about what NOT to do.
Quartz 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 countertop 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.
Even your quartz kitchen countertops are going to be very durable and hard-wearing, and will last indefinitely,
In order to protect the finish we recommend to take care with acids, heat and sharp implements and don’t forget to only clean it with warm soapy water, never use harsh or abrasive cleaning agents.