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Why Choose Quartz for Your Countertops

Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable option for kitchens and bathrooms. Also called engineered stone, quartz is a relatively new option for countertops and has found a loyal following for their many good qualities.

Durable and beautiful with extensive design options, quartz is a popular alternative to granite and marble with many advantages over most other countertop materials. Determining whether it’s a good choice for you depends on your style preferences, budget, and how you balance its pros and cons.


If you want to get creative with your countertops, quartz is an excellent choice. In addition to its design flexibility, quartz comes in a wide range of colors, whether you want a natural quartz look or a solid color.


Most stone products are porous to some degree, which means the stone can absorb liquid. Engineered quartz, on the other hand, stands out from the crowd because it is 100% non-porous, meaning it doesn’t stain and need as much maintenance as other natural stone products. It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee, and other sources of stains in the kitchen. For cleanliness, quartz will also not harbor bacteria or viruses because of its non-porous surface.


The durability of quartz is one of its greatest benefits. Even though quartz is as durable as granite and concrete, it is a bit more forgiving and doesn’t have the same hardness in the feel that some people find unpleasant. Quartz is also resistant to moisture, so they’re perfect for the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. However, high heat can still damage quartz countertops, and it can become discolored when exposed to direct sunlight for too long.

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Quartz Countertop Maintenance

Quartz is hard to beat if you want a low-maintenance surface for your countertops. Because quartz is basically non-porous, its cleaning and maintenance is quick and painless. Unlike natural stone, it never needs to be sealed either. Still, quartz countertops can always benefit from a regular cleaning and maintenance routine.

Routine Care

Unseen dirt and other elements are the number one enemy for quartz. Regular cleaning with a damp cloth and mild detergent is all you need to keep your quartz surface looking great. Just be sure to wipe up spills as they happen and remove any hardened food or liquid with anything that won’t scratch the surface. Don’t wait for spills to dry out because it would harden the liquid and make the surface sticky, which requires a bit more effort on your part to clean up.

Stains & Spills

Even though liquid spills will not permanently stain your quartz counters, you still need to wipe any fresh spillage immediately using a soft cloth and mild detergent. Sometimes, of course, the dreaded occurs and big spills suddenly turn your countertop into a stained mess. If you have quartz-specific cleaning products, just spray the product on the stain, let sit for a few minutes, and wipe with a wet cloth to remove. Some other great alternatives are: mild glass cleaners like Windex or rubbing alcohol followed by warm water.

Products to Avoid

Maintaining quartz is as much about avoiding the wrong products as it is about cleaning stains. When choosing a cleaning product for your quartz counters, always check the label for information on safety and protection. Ammonia, lemon, bleach, nail polish remover, and turpentine should always be avoided on quartz countertops. The harshness of these substances can cause the bonds between the quartz and resin to disintegrate and eventually damage the surface. Although vinegar is sometimes recommended for cleaning, we also advise against using vinegar on your quartz counters, as you can risk discoloring the surface.

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