Manufactured Stone Countertops Offer Great Performance in Many Colors
Quartz is the only engineered stone offered by All Stone. It’s a great, easy-to-maintain choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Made by pouring ground quartz mixed with man-made resins into a mold, quartz countertops can be made in an almost limitless number of custom colors and shapes.
Naturally Non-porous, Quartz Countertops Never Need Sealing
While quartz is naturally scratch and heat resistant, it does have a slightly lower temperature threshold than some other stone counter materials. The polymer resins used to bind the quartz chips together may begin to melt if exposed to temperatures over 400°F, damaging the counter surface. Since resins are a main component to make quartz countertops non-porous, they are also what can be damaged by cleaners, heat and chemicals. That is why it is important to protect your counter from any heated items and properly research on any cleaning products before use.
The quartz countertops sold by All Stone are manufactured by Hanstone, Silesone, Caesarstone, Compac, Viatera and Difiniti.
If you’re looking for a brightly colored or unusually shaped countertop, quartz may be the right choice for you. The countertop installers at All Stone have decades of experience helping homeowners pick out the right material for their kitchen, bathroom, basement bar and other countertops. Choose All Stone and you’ll get the perfect countertop for your home.
Keeping Your Quartz Countertop Clean Like New
Generally, keeping your quartz countertop clean and preventing damage requires only low maintenance. Anytime there is a mess or a spill on your counter, you should always take the time to clean it. Any messy food or spills that are allowed to sit can eventually start to stain. Even though quartz counters are highly stain resistant, that doesn’t mean they still can’t get stained. The most common liquids in a kitchen that are extremely recommended to clean up right after a spill to prevent stains are red wine, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, and juice. The staining process occurs as the resins start to react with the liquids.
If you are facing a stained area on your quartz countertop, there are some methods that you can try to help remove the stain. First, we recommend using some adhesive remover to rub away tough stains. Then, spray over the area with a cleaner like Goo Gone and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. If you are using any other cleaner, make sure it is safe to use on quartz to prevent any further damage. Next, take a wet rag and wipe the area off. Do this step again, but with warm water. Repeat these instructions if needed for a deeper clean and better results.
You can also try using Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol if the stains won’t come out. Just simply take a wet rag with some isopropyl rubbing alcohol and rub the stained area. Then, using a different rag with warm water, wipe the same area again. You may also repeat these steps, if necessary.
Daily Tips You Should Know to Keep Your Quartz Countertop Clean
- After any spill, always clean up right away
- Use a soft cloth or sponge with warm water and soap to clean off your countertop daily and after any spill
- Use a putty knife to help remove any gunk – This helps with protecting the quartz as well
- Use quartz safe degreaser to remove any grease stains and to help remove any gunk
- Do NOT use any products with bleach, as bleach will damage your quartz countertop
- When using any cleaning products make sure it is quartz safe
- If you have any questions, please ask us
Choosing Between Granite or Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Many people spend a lot of time and energy determining whether they prefer quartz or granite countertops for their new kitchen or bathroom. While both countertop materials are very durable and strong, there are a few key differences buyers must take into account before purchasing:
- Quartz is non-porous and does not require sealing—granite does
- Quartz has consistent visual patterns, granite has natural imperfections
- Quartz prices are more predictable
- Quartz is low maintenance
Consult our granite and quartz comparison guide for more information on the two stones and their unique characteristics.
Choosing the perfect countertop that best fits your home and style can become overwhelming when done alone. That is why when you work with All Stone, we will help you in making the right choice. All of our products come from well recommended brands and are reliable for any kitchen or bathroom. To help with your decision, set an appointment and our team of professionals will bring samples that come highly recommended and fit your needs. Contact us today and we will help get you started.