Quartz is a widely distributed mineral of many varieties that consists primarily of silica, or silicon dioxide. The visually appealing mineral has attracted attention from the earliest times. The name quartz is an old German word of uncertain origin first that goes back as far as 1530.
Though it’s known as a surface material that’s impervious to staining. Marble, on the other hand can easily stain if water makes its way into its pores, but quartz has no porosity. When it comes to the question of hard water, however, quartz isn’t in the clear. Hard water stains are quite common but they can easily be handled before permanent damage is made.
Hard water is found in thousands of water management districts across North America. The situation of hard water consists of high doses of magnesium and calcium carbonates that don’t generally pose health hazards. This high grade of mineralization leads to a buildup in limescale and when blending soaps and detergents into the mix, limescale has a tendency of forming stubborn spots.
Some ancient Roman aqueducts that were in service for centuries contain these stubborn deposits of limescale that stretch several inches thick. When water evaporates, the precipitation of crystalline minerals will begin to deposit on surfaces. The chemicals within detergents are basically bonding agents that make hard water deposits stickier and harder to clean off. It starts as a stain and evolves into a thick crust.
Quartz has the advantage here, with its non-porosity super power. This avoids the hard water deposit from penetrating the lower layers of the surface and thus, won’t lead to any etching. If you properly clean your quartz with a high-grade cleaner like Granite Gold Quartz Brite, these limescale deposits won’t be a bother because the crystalline magnesium and calcium molecules won’t have a chance to bond with soap. You can then easily remove them without causing permanent damage.
If you use common household cleaners found in Publix, rather than the high grade Granite Gold brand products, you’ll have a hard time cleaning your quartz. One way to get started is to scrape off the thick crust of limescale using a plastic spatula or a soft, stone-safe scrubbing pad or nylon brush. When all else fails, you can use a single-edge razor blade after spraying your trusty Granite Gold product.