Quartz countertops have been overrunning sales of their granite counterparts for a while now. People are quickly choosing the minimalist design of this engineered stone for its flexibility, diversity and because it just looks so pretty. But the common misconception is that the engineered material of quartz is totally resistant to stains. Here’s what you should know before you decide on quartz over granite and before you take on the responsibility of caring for it.
Quartz was first fathomed in Italy for the purpose of engineering the look and feel of marble without having to undergo the same level of arduous maintenance. When it comes to quartz fabrication, you don’t need to worry too much about water stain, as you would with the porosity of marble. If you just so happen to spill a tall glass of water on your quartz, just wipe it up as quickly as you can. When it comes to water on your quartz, fear not.
Granite, travertine and marble are high maintenance stones that require regular sealant applications. Quartz already contains a permanent seal when it’s made, however, it doesn’t make it permanently stain-proof. More than 90 percent of quartz consists of crushed and pulverized natural stone with a high volume of silicon dioxide. The remaining agents used in the fabrication of quartz are advanced bonding agents, pigments, and resins. These are all byproducts of petroleum. If the molecular structure of the resin is damaged, these crushed stone fragments get exposed and that’s when a stain is born.
So if you nick, scratch or burn the surface of quartz, a stain can surely form. In fact, there are some cleaners out on the market that can actually increase the risk of staining, especially if they are high in alkaline formula. In order to avoid these stains, it is recommended to use a very specific formulated quartz cleaner right after a spill.