While there are many types of countertops on the market, quartzite is fast increasing in popularity. It is one of the most beautiful products you can use in your kitchen or bathrooms because of its firmness and its beauty, which combines the colorful variety of granite and the smooth veins of marble. When you invest in quartzite or quartz countertops in Dunwoody, though, you will need to be sure to protect your investment. What good is buying something so valuable if you are just going to let it deteriorate quickly?
These are some general care and maintenance tips that professional countertops installers recommend if you have quartzite countertops. Begin implementing these care habits immediately to protect the lifespan of your quartzite.
Protecting Against Liquids
Spills are common on kitchen countertops. For the most part, quartzite can handle the rigors of cooking and dining, but you should take care to remove any materials that may harden or thicken as they dry, including grease, butter, syrup, and jam. Gently wipe them away as soon as you spill them. If they have already hardened onto the countertops, then use a plastic scraper to remove the spills. Your local hardware store should carry a plastic scraper designed for removing chewing gum from desks. This is appropriate. Never use a metal scraper on quartzite. There are almost no countertop materials that can handle metallic scrapes, even though quartzite is more scratch-resistant than other products.
You should clean your countertops daily, or at least as often as you cook, with white vinegar and water. A 1-to-1 solution should be appropriate. Use a damp cleaning pad to apply the cleaner and then rinse it away. Do not use a scouring pad, cleaning brush, or any other products with a rough surface. Dry the wet surface with a paper towel or dry rag, being sure to wring it out frequently to ensure proper drying.
One of the most positive advantages of installing quartzite countertops is their non-porous property. Water and stains will not seep into or be absorbed by the stone, making it naturally stain-resistant. It is currently one of the most popular custom countertops options for this reason. While this means that water and spilled foods will not stain, there are non-edible substances that may stain your countertops. For example, permanent marker ink, paint, and some solvents can permanently stain the color of your quartzite.
If a stain appears, wipe the surface immediately and rinse it with water. If this does not work, try using a store-bought grease cleaner to remove the stain. Follow the product's instructions closely.
The following products should never, ever be used on your quartzite countertops because they will permanently, irreversibly damage them:
- Oven cleaners
- Comet surface cleaner
- Soft Scrub surface cleaner
- SOS pads
- Paint thinner
- Fingernail polish remover
- Oil-based soaps
- Silver polish
Also, be careful when using topical surface treatments or stains on your quartzite. Get a professional's recommendation first, as some of these products can wear down the gloss finish that makes your quartzite sparkle.
Heat Damage Prevention
Quartzite and quartz are not resistant to heat. A hot pan or hot food placed directly on the surface will cause it to warp or crack. Also, be careful when using crock pots, electric kettles, and other small appliances that can become very hot. A drip coffee pot should not pose a threat, but take care not to get hot liquid on the surface.
To maintain the life of quartzite and quartz countertops in Dunwoody, be sure to follow all of the above care tips. If you want to learn more about installing quartzite in your kitchen or bathrooms, contact custom countertop professionals near you.