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QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS

        Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable option for kitchens. They're also some of the most eye-catching. They come in a wide variety of colors, including fire-engine red and apple green, as well as earthy browns, blacks, and creams, with sparkles and veining for the look of granite or marble. But unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. Their primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94 percent), combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the mix. The resins also help make these counters stain and scratch resistant and nonporous, so they never need to be sealed. Compare that with granite, the reigning king of high-end countertops, which typically requires a new protective top coat at least once a year.

Is a Quartz Counter Right for You: Pros

  • It's low-maintenance.
         Unlike natural stone or wood, it never needs to be sealed. Just wipe with soapy water for daily upkeep. Surface stains can be removed with a gentle cleansing scrub. Avoid scouring pads, which can dull the surface, and harsh chemicals that could break down the bonds between the quartz and resins.
  • It's antimicrobial.
         Resin binders make quartz counters nonporous, so stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew can't penetrate the surface.
  • It's design-friendly.
         Some makers offer jumbo slabs for uninterrupted runs of countertop. But even with standard slabs, typically 60 by 120 inches, the seams can be almost imperceptible; added resins allow cleaner cuts without chipping as stone does. The resins also make quartz more flexible than natural stone, allowing fabricators to bend and shape it into sinks or the sides of a curved island. And it's versatile enough to be used on floors and walls fabricators can even cut the slabs into standard tile sizes.
Quartz Counter Top
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Is a Quartz Counter Right for You: Cons

  • It's pricey.
         Compared with DIY option such as  laminate which can cost about $27 per square foot, quartz is expensive—about $40 to $90 per square foot, including installation.
  • It can't take extreme heat.
         Quartz counters are heat and scorch resistant, but only up to a point. Our quartz  can handle up to 400 degrees F, but a sudden change in  temperature or sustained heat from a pan left on the counter may cause the surface to crack. To be safe, always use a trivet or a hot pad.
  • It can't weather outdoor use.
          Install it outdoors in an uncovered area, and you'll void the warranty. Direct sun beating down on it day after day can cause colors to fade or the standard quartz countertop to warp or split over time.

       
          Nevertheless one of our manufacturers 'SILESTONE' offer beautifull  spesial outdoor quartz counteretops.


Cleaning quartz countertops

        For the most part, cleaning quartz is simple. That’s one of the advantages of quartz that makes it one of the best materials for kitchen countertops.

        The best thing for cleaning quartz countertops is mild dish soap, water, and a soft non-abrasive cloth. That’s it! You should have all those things in your kitchen right now.

        Though quartz is stain-resistant, it’s not entirely stain-proof, so it’s always best to clean up messes on quartz counters as soon as possible. Your counter shouldn’t stain just because you spilled a glass of wine on it, but if you don’t clean it up and let it dry on the surface overnight, it could.

       Cleaning your quartz countertops, like any countertop, should be done daily to keep it clean and germ-free. Just mix equal parts warm water and mild dishwashing liquid and wipe your counter off thoroughly.

        For tougher cleaning, such as hardened food, dried grease, and other items, you may need to use a plastic putty knife to scrape something off before wiping it down. Don’t use an abrasive scouring pad, which could scratch the surface over time. You may also need a mild degreaser to break down hardened grease. Make sure it is labeled safe for quartz surfaces. Don’t use cleaning products with bleach in them.