Are you thinking about upgrading to quartz? Consider the following.
Because it's polished during fabrication, engineered quartz doesn't need to be sealed (and, therefore, resealed). Regularly rubbing down quartz surfaces with mild soap or an all-purpose cleaner and a nonabrasive cleaning pad or cloth will keep them in tip-top shape, says Kathy Johnson, National Kitchen and Bath Association member and showroom manager at The Bath and Kitchen Showplace in Houston. To kill germs and boost shine, Johnson also recommends wiping your quartz surfaces with a half-and-half solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Although scorch-resistant, quartz can be damaged by extreme heat. Always use a trivet or protective pad when placing a hot pot or pan on the countertop.
- Because the quartz is mixed with pigment, slabs and tile are available in a wide variety of colors.
- Unlike natural stone, engineered quartz is homogenous and has uniform color and pattern, making it much easier to match tiles and slabs during installation.
- The appearance of your quartz surface depends on the proportion of the quartz granules to the size of the room. The larger the granules and the smaller the room, the busier your countertop will look.
- Don't let thoughts of stains influence your choices: Even the lightest shades of quartz can resist stains. "However, not all quartz is created equal," says Susan Serra, a certified kitchen designer (CKD) in Huntington, New York. Before you settle on a particular brand and color, see if the sample stands up to home-based scratch and stain tests. Serra recommends letting coffee, oil, and red wine sit on the sample overnight.