Because of its beauty and durability, the mineral quartz is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Quartz countertops are made up of 93% quartz and 7% minerals, making them the hardest material after diamonds, topaz, and sapphires. Because of its naturally hard composition, it is durable and non-porous, making it resistant to bacteria, mold, stains, and damage. Although it is twice as strong as granite, it does not require sealing and should only require minor maintenance and repair to maintain long-lasting beauty, despite the fact that both are excellent choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
When caring for quartz countertops, use a non-abrasive cleaner to clean them. It is best to use hot soapy water and a soft washcloth to clean. Avoid using bleach. Quartz cleaners are also available in supermarkets. Although it is resistant to heat and cold, as well as chemicals and acids, it is best to use hot pads and coasters as a precaution. Consistent exposure to these elements can fade or dull its luster over time. While the surface is extremely hard, it is also not recommended for cutting.
To avoid scratches, a cutting board should be used. If liquids such as vinegar, wines, or oils are on display, place them on a tray or decorative surface to prevent spillage. Bottles and lotions should be placed on a tray or shelf in bathrooms for added care. Because quartz is non-porous, sealing it is not required. The dense surface works well as a barrier against bacteria and stains. Quartz rarely needs to be repaired because it is one of the hardest materials on the planet and is resistant to chips and scratches. If you need to repair damage from chipping that isn’t covered by the warranty, the method below is recommended for small chips and scratches.
First, thoroughly clean the counter, including the chipped area, with an ammonia-based cleaner and a clean, dry rag to remove all traces of dirt and grime. Squirt a small amount of any fast-acting glue, such as Superglue, into the chip, filling it all the way to the top. Allow the glue to sit for 24 hours, or until it is completely dry. Scrape across the top of the dried glue with a razor blade held at a 45-degree angle at the edge, scraping back and forth until the surface is perfectly flat. If necessary, use the razor blade to remove any remaining glue from spills. Smooth the counter’s surface with fine sandpaper, then wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any shavings. It is best to consult a professional for chips larger than the size of a quarter.
Quartz countertops have become one of the top sellers on the market for kitchen and bathroom design due to their ease of maintenance and resiliency, with the added benefits of durability and attractiveness adding value and style to the home.