Quartz countertops are absolutely stunning and are available in a wide variety of colors and textures.
While quartz countertops may be a pricier option, they are also a great option if you want the least amount of stains. They are non-porous which helps reduce the number of you will encounter and is also a bonus because there is no place for bacteria to hang out. (Sounds gross, but a lot can be hanging around on your countertops!)
While they are fairly stain resistant, one thing that can happen with quartz countertops is the buildup of minerals from hard water. If your tap water is not wiped off the counter, it can leave white spots.
While these white spots may be unattractive, there are solutions for removing these spots and several at-home solutions at that!
Because quartz is non-porous, stains are not a common issue. Most spills can be wiped up quickly without any problem or left-over residue. What can be a common issue is stains from water. The minerals in your water can create calcium buildup and will look like a whiteish-colored spot. Thankfully, these spots are easy to get rid of with items you can find in your pantry.
Water stains are a common issue with quartz countertops, but how do you maintain your quartz countertops and clean them in general? Quartz isn’t a difficult surface to clean or maintain because it is non-porous; the most important thing is to use gentle formulas and products designed specifically for quartz. Because it’s man-made, if you use chemicals not formulated for quartz you run the risk of creating a chemical reaction and permanently discoloring your countertop.
We’ve gone over the tips and tricks and what to do when cleaning your quartz countertop, but what should you avoid? Quartz is extremely durable, but there are still things you can do to help make it last longer and keep its shine. It is an investment, so you want to make sure your investment lasts and looks stunning.
You may be looking into redoing your kitchen or even dreaming about remodeling one day and have come across not only quartz but also quartzite countertops. The names can seem a little misleading, but they are not the same. In fact, the differences could help you in deciding which is best for your home. The main difference between these two surfaces is quartz is actually man-made but quartzite is a natural stone. This difference affects the color available, the texture as well as the durability.
Whether you’re deciding on whether to get a quartz countertop or simply want to maintain and keep it in tip-tip condition, these questions and answers should help you in your quartz journey!
This is not an easily answered question because it really comes down to your style and personal preference, but I can answer which is lower maintenance. Black or darker colored countertops are stunning and typical stains or spills won’t show up as much on those darker countertops, but they also show water spots more easily. Lighter countertops show the spills but water spots are less noticeable. Ultimately, it’s up to you and the style or look you’re going for.
Please, avoid harsh chemicals. As I mentioned they can actually alter the color of your countertop. You can use Barkeeper’s Friend or oxalic-acid to clean the rust stains.
Because quartz is non-porous, stains do not happen by liquids leaking into the surface. Discoloration can happen though, if whatever spilled reacts with the resin in the quartz. If your countertop is yellowing, it most likely means something has reacted with the resin in your quartz. Try using baking soda and vinegar or Barkeeper’s Friend to restore your countertop.
Maybe you’ve had your quartz countertops for several years, and they’ve lost their luster and shine. The good news is it can be restored. Use Granite Gold Quartz Brite and a microfiber towel to restore your countertops. Spray and then buff with the towel, and voila!
Quartz countertops, while a bit pricey, are an excellent choice for countertops. They are non-porous making them more stain-resistant and easier to maintain and clean, and you can find them in a variety of colors and designs.
Everyday cleaning, simply looks like wiping down your countertop with soap and a rag. Water marks are easily removed, and its shine can be brought back at any moment.
There are so many different patterns and colors available, so if you’re in the market for a new countertop I suggest giving quartz a try!
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