Quartz surfaces have the beauty of natural stone with enhanced performance characteristics such as:
resisting bacteria, stains and spills; resists scratching and cracking; and will not scorch or burn under normal cooking conditions. Quartz surfaces are incredibly beautiful, ranging in color from neutral shades to deep, rich, dark shades that will maintain their beauty and luster for many years. The hard quartz surface is non-porous and never needs to be sealed or polished. Quartz countertop surfaces are proving to be a great value for homeowners. Quartz is really a gift of nature. It is found in great abundance in the earth, second only to water as the most common mineral-based form on the planet.
Quartz has been the preferred countertop material in Europe and the Middle East, more so than granite, since it was first engineered 15 years ago. Breton, an Italian company, patented the process of making quartz surfaces more than 15 years ago. Quartz, the fourth hardest mineral in the world, and silica are bonded together with high-performance, stain and impact-resistant, polymers and colorfast pigments under extreme heat and pressure.
Dark colors of quartz will require the most maintenance. Fingerprints and smudges will be more visible on dark colors and, additionally, the natural imperfections in the quartz will also be more visible in the darker colors. Unlike solid surface products, quartz is made by mixing 93% natural quartz crystals of various sizes with pigments and resins which might cause small particulate concentrations and slight color variations. Like other stone products, quartz surfaces will almost always have seams and the seams will be visible. Consumers may request fewer seams; however, this request will almost always increase the square footage of countertop that must be purchased, thereby increasing the price.
What makes Quartz scratch-resistant and stain-resistant?
Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral in the world with only topaz, sapphire and diamond being harder. Therefore, the only material that will scratch the quartz surface is diamond, topaz or sapphires. Quartz is naturally impervious and by bonding it with polyester resins, quartz is far more stain resistant than ordinary quarried stone. Spills stay on top of the quartz countertop surface rather than soaking into the material. Quartz can also withstand limited exposure to normal cooking conditions without fear of scorching
Care of your quartz countertop
To clean quartz, a damp cloth or paper towel is usually all you need. To clean up sticky spots, a little liquid detergent can help. Other recommended cleaning products include Formula 409, Lysol, and Greased Lightning. For extremely stubborn spills, a white scrub pad such as Scotch-Brite can be used without damaging your countertop.