The mineral quartz is a top pick for kitchen and bathroom countertops due to its beauty and durability. Quartz countertops consist of 93% quartz and 7% minerals, making it the hardest material behind diamonds, topaz and sapphires. The naturally hard composition makes it durable and non-porous, therefore resistant to bacteria, mold, stains and damage. Twice as strong as granite, it does not require sealing and should only need minimal maintenance and repair to maintain lasting beauty, although both are solid choices for kitchen and bathroom countertop use.
When caring for quartz, cleanse the countertops with a non-abrasive cleaner. Hot soapy water wiped with a soft washcloth works best. Avoid bleach. Quartz cleansers can also be found in supermarkets. Although resistant to heat and cold as well as chemicals and acids, it is best to use hot pads and coasters as a protective measure. Over time, consistent exposure to these elements can fade or diminish its luster. While very hard, it is also not advisable to use the surface for cutting. A cutting board should be used to prevent possible scratches. If liquids such as vinegars, wines or oils are displayed, place them on a tray or decorative surface in case of spillage. In bathrooms, place bottles and lotions on a tray or shelf for added care. Remember, because quartz is non-porous, sealing it is not necessary. The dense surface serves it well as a protective barrier from bacteria and stains.
Repair is rarely required for quartz since being one of the hardest materials on earth it is very resistant to chips and scratches. Should repair be needed for damage from chipping not covered by the warranty, the method below is recommended for small chips and scratches.
First, clean the counter thoroughly, including the chipped area using an ammonia-based cleanser and a clean, dry rag removing all traces of dirt and grime. Using any fast acting glue such as Superglue; squirt a small amount into the chip filling it to the top. Allow the glue to sit for 24 hours until completely set.
Using a razor blade held at a 45-degree angle at the edge, scrape across the top of the dried glue scraping back and forth until the surface is perfectly flat. Use the razor blade to remove any other glue from spills if needed. Use some fine sandpaper to smooth the counter's surface then wipe the countertop with a damp cloth to remove shavings. For chips larger than the size of quarter, it is best to consult a professional.
Due to ease of maintenance and its resiliency, quartz countertops have become one of the top sellers on the market for kitchen and bathroom design with the added advantages of durability and attractiveness adding value and style to the home.