Quartzstone is crystallised silicon dioxide (SiO2), which, when combined with stain resistant polymers, produces a hard wearing, non-porous material. The primary advantage of this property is that, unlike natural stone products (e.g. marble, granite, limestone and wood), quartzstone does not require a sealant that must be periodically reapplied. The colour is also consistent throughout.
Quartzstone can also have added Microban, an antibacterial application which is built into the stone during the manufacturing process. Due to these attributes, quartzstone can be resistant to scratches, abrasion, and everyday stains like tea, coffee and cooking oils.
Quartz is non-porous
This means that the quartz worktops are highly hygienic because the non-porous surface prevents bacteria from growing. Also, because of this, the surface of quartz is resistant to stains. Even if you accidentally spill something, you will have no problems removing it.
Resistant to scratches
Quartz is a very hard and resilient material, which makes it resistant to scratches. Beware that cutting directly on the worktop can dull your knives.
Quartz worktops require very low maintenance. The surface is easy to clean with just soap and water. Unlike other stones, quartz does not need sealing.
Moderate resistance to heat
Quartz is generally resistant to temperatures up to 250 Celsius, but sudden changes of temperatures may damage the surface. Avoid putting away hot pots and pans directly on the worktop.
Sensitive to chemicals
Avoid cleaning quartz worktops with highly acidic or alkaline cleaning agents. These chemicals can damage the surface of quartz and ware of its shine.
Quartz is on the rise when it comes to both kitchen and bathroom projects. The material is very durable and investing in it is a smart choice. The design options with quartz are truly countless- quartz fits well in both traditional and modern style kitchens and bathrooms. The prices for quartz are rather lower when compared to prices for natural stones. It requires very low maintenance, which means the additional costs will be also lower.