Quartzite Countertops ...Care & Information
Quartzite is a granular metamorphic rock consisting of interlocking grains of quartz (silica dioxide - SiO2). Sand grains subjected to high heat & high pressure, with various mineral present yielding exquisite coloring.
Formed from sand-stone-based rock to glassy crystalline with heat and pressure. The very hard crystalline structure creates a more brittle stone that is stabilized by resins.
This very hard dense material tends to be smooth with a grainy and lustrous softer appearance and can have a wide range of coloring!
Quartzite does require sealing. Quartzite is susceptible to etching and staining.
Resins are natural or synthetic compounds generally originating from tree or plant sap. Unsellable stone slabs that were rejected in the past at the quarry because of brittleness, can now be turned into marketable slabs with resins. This is one reason why quartzite has recently become popular.
It is advised to test & seal your quartzite countertops at least annually.
It is typical for quartzite slabs to contain natural fissures which can widen during fabrication and installation. The fissures are noticeable to the eye and to the touch. Some fissures may have been filled prior to getting to the distributor/fabricator, and some can be filled by the fabricator during the fabrication and installation processes. It may even be possible for new fissures to occur after the countertops are in place. The characteristic is inherent in the nature of the product and is not to be considered a latent defect. Any repair work needed on the material selected by the homeowner/builder will be available at an additional charge.
Quartzite countertops are a stunning natural stone material that will bring your design to the next level. Its authenticity will create a one-of-a-kind look, as no two slabs are the same. Mother nature’s unique artwork is displayed in these untouched pieces.
1. CLEAN UP SPILLS IMMEDIATELY
Especially oily and acidic foods like tomato sauce, wine, coffee, fruit juice, and soda.
2. USE NATURAL STONE CLEANERS
Products specifically made for cleaning natural stone are recommended. If stone cleaners are not available, use a damp sponge with warm water and mild soap.
3. USE HOT PADS OR TRIVETS
Do not place hot pots and pans directly on your countertop. Use hot pads, coasters or place-mats for food and drinks.
4. USE A CUTTING BOARD
Using a knife directly on your countertops can possibly affect the coverage of the sealer and damage the knife.
5. RESEAL YOUR QUARTZITE COUNTERTOPS
Because quartzite is a naturally porous stone, it is recommended to reseal your tops to help prevent staining.
It’s important to care for your quartzite countertops to ensure everlasting beauty. Use these tips on a daily basis to keep your natural stone surfaces in tip-top shape.