Benefits of Quartz
A quartz worktop can add a sophisticated and modern touch to any kitchen. Unlike granite, quartz is a man-made stone that is engineered from crushed quartz stone. It is homogeneous, meaning it has uniform colours and patterns which make it a lot easier to match during the installation process. Quartz worktops are made by mixing quartz with pigment which means that slabs and tiles come in a wide variety of colours.
Quartz worktops are hard wearing and long-lasting, and will happily serve you well for decades. For this reason, keep in mind the importance of picking a pattern that you will not only love now, but also in 20 years time! Top tip - Remember that the larger the quartz granules within the worktop, the busier your surfaces will look in a small room.
With quartz worktops, you needn’t worry about staining on brighter colour designs. Even the lightest quartz stone can withstand staining.
In the UK, Quartz is available in around 50 different colours. As it’s a man-made product, Quartz can offer qualities that granite cannot such as the inclusion of mirror chips, crushed glass and seashells. This means that Quartz offers an impressive variety of modern, unique and fun finishes not available in natural Granite. The most common ranges of quartz are:
Starlight Black Mirror
Ice White Mirror
Crema (plain cream)
When you’ve picked your desired quartz style, get samples to be sent to your home, where you can view them in your own environment and in both natural and artificial light to see how the pattern will look specifically in your kitchen.
How To Take Care of Quartz Countertops
To keep your Quartz worktop investment in its original condition, you’ll need to follow a few simple maintenance guidelines:
Quartz is very scratch-resistant, but try not to do any chopping or cutting straight onto your quartz slabs. Knives can cause your worktops to become dull and scratched over time - it won’t do your utensils any good either! After preparing food on your quartz surfaces wipe with a damp, wet cloth straight after use.
If you’re carrying out any work or DIY around your quartz worktops be cautious not to knock or hit them, as they could get chipped. Using your worktop edges as a bottle opener is not recommended either. In many cases worktop edges will be repairable, although this will be an unwanted and unnecessary cost.
Damage is also possible when your worktop is subjected to hot pans. Although quartz is more heat resistant than granite, avoid putting any hot saucepans or trays on quartz. Use protectors or trivets instead. Quartz struggles in particular with rapid temperature changes. Placemats and trivets under cooking appliances like roaster ovens and fryers too.
Lastly, ensure that no one stands or kneels on your quartz surfaces. Not only can shoes scratch the surface, pressure put on certain areas can lead to cracks in cut-outs.
Quartz is completely non-porous which means it is not susceptible to ‘etching’ stains however strong acidic or alkaline substances can in certain circumstances damage the tops. To avoid damage to your worktops you must ensure that any spillages are cleaned up immediately. Spillages such as orange juice, blackcurrant, cordials, cola, wine, etc left for even a few minutes may cause staining (etching) on the worktop surfaces.
Keep the quartz in your kitchen shining, by using a natural approach to cleaning with a gentle soap and warm water. You can then buff the surface with a dry cloth. Don’t clean quartz with abrasive bleach, silicone or ammonia-based products. Plus, make sure products containing Trichloroethylene or Methylene chloride (like paint strippers) are not put anywhere Quartz.
It may be tempting to clean off food with coarse sponges or scouring pads, but this can be harmful to the surface and cause long-lasting damage. When you can’t get rid of a difficult stain, always seek the advice of an expert who can help you clean your worktop without causing irreversible damage.
Does Quartz Stain?
Quartz is a very hardy material and many people love it for its low maintenance. Quartz staining is very rare and usually limited to occasions where a hyper-abrasive substance comes into contact with the surface, such as oven cleaner.
Does Quartz Scratch?
Quartz is much more hard-wearing than granite, making it difficult (but not impossible) to damage. Generally, scratches can be avoided by not throwing or placing sharp objects on to the tops. You should always follow your aftercare advice to avoid any issues.
Is Quartz Heat Resistant?
Quartz is resistant to heat and may take short bursts of "reasonable" heat. However, if the temperature is too high, the worktop can become damaged. For that reason, we don’t advise placing hot pans and saucers directly onto the work surface straight from the oven or hob.
In what lengths can you get quartz worktops?
Quartz worktops are usually available in 3 sizes:
Standard: 3.0m x 1.4m
Oversized: 3.1m x 1.5m
Jumbo: 3.2m x 1.6m
It's best to ask about available sizes even before planning your kitchen, as you may find longer sizes may only be available in certain quartz ranges. Get in touch today if you have a specific requirement.