While quartz is a natural mineral found in many stones, quartz countertops are not a solid slab. The quartz countertops are made of artificial stone combining random size quartz crystals with resins and colored pigments to form a slab. Countertops are ninety-three percent quartz and seven percent resin.
Advantages: If there is something that quartz countertops stand out for, it is for their quality, therefore, these surfaces offer advantages in all their facets, which eliminate worries both in the daily work of the kitchen and in the maintenance of them.
Stain-resistant: Mixing with resins produces a non-porous surface (no need to apply sealants) resistant to stains from vinegar, oil, wine. etc. They also usually have anti-bacterial protection that makes them more hygienic.
Impacts and scratches of objects: Its composition makes it very resistant to shocks. Quartz has a slightly higher hardness than granite.
Design: Thanks to the fact that the mixture is pigmented and molded, an almost unlimited number of colors and textures can be obtained in manufacturing (depending on the manufacturer).
Disadvantages: It is difficult to find the disadvantages of quartz countertops since in general terms they pass with a high note in the most important aspects.
Heat resistance: it is its weak point, it does not withstand very high temperatures. If you take out a saucepan or frying pan with a high temperature of the fire and it goes directly to the hob it is recommended to put something under it, otherwise, it will leave a mark or small cracks will occur.
A benefit of this manufacturing process is that quartz countertops are non-porous and do not need to be sealed or resealed. The downside to quartz is that the color will fade if exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. Avoid placing extremely hot items on the surface that can melt the resin.
Daily cleaning of quartz countertops
Quartz is one of the easiest stone countertops to care for as it is unaffected by acidic foods and does not scratch easily. For daily cleaning, you can use a glass cleaner or any non-abrasive household cleaner but stay away from abrasive pads.
Stain removal on quartz countertops
As very little quartz stains, use a plastic spatula to remove dry paint or nail polish. One exception to a stain that is difficult to remove is permanent ink, so protect the surface when using Sharpies.