Quartz countertops are a common addition in modern-day houses, and you’ve probably heard about how great quartz is in kitchens and bathrooms.
You have also likely been told at some point along the way that quartz does not stain. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. Quartz is actually stain-resistant.
Today we’re talking all about quartz countertops and busting the myth of quartz counters being a stain-free stone. Continue reading to find out more.
The Truth About Quartz Countertops
Natural stones are susceptible to stains because they are porous, so liquids can penetrate their surface and get stuck there forever, leading to a permanent stain. For this reason, natural stones like marble need to be sealed every so often. On the other hand, quartz counter surfaces are essentially non-porous thanks to the resin, which requires no sealing and makes it more resistant to stains. Unlike marble, quartz will not get little marks from liquids (even water!), food, and other stain-causing items.
Quartz counters are a lot more stain-resistant than other counter options, such as marble and other natural stones. It is an engineered stone composed of 90 to 95% quartz crystals, while the remaining 5 to 10% is made up of resins that bind everything together. What makes quartz “superior” to natural stones is that resin; however, there are some downsides to the resin.
Unfortunately, the resins found in quartz counters can react to chemicals, which can cause discoloration or white or bleached-looking stains. It’s crucial to steer clear or alkaline cleaners, detergents with high pH, and other kinds of acid. Not only are quartz counters susceptible to reactionary stains, but they can also be stain by dried on substances that get stuck on your counter’s surface. Materials like ink, wax, lipstick, nail polish, wood stains, and even dried up food can be challenging to remove and can leave permanent stains.
Avoid Quartz Countertop Stains and Discoloration
For quartz counters and any other natural stone counters, the best way to prevent stains is to avoid direct contact with liquid as much as possible. Your quartz countertop will look better and last longer when spills and messes are cleaned up immediately. Moreover, quartz counters should not be used as a cutting board.
You may find that hard water stains appear in frequently wet areas, like around the faucet and sink. Prevent these stains by promptly drying your counters with a clean towel. If your counters are darker-colored, you may find discolored spots when they are exposed to direct sunlight or heat. Use pot holders to prevent these problem areas instead of putting your hot cookware directly on its surface.
Want Quartz Counters in Your Home? Contact Granite 4 Less
Quartz countertops are a great addition to your kitchen and bathrooms. If you want to add these modern counters to your home, contact the experts at Granite 4 Less. We supply, fabricate, and install high-quality, durable marble, quartz, and granite countertops in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the surrounding areas. We are dedicated to working hard to complete your job on time and within your budget. Contact us today.