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How to care for quartz countertops

How to care for quartz countertops

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How to care for quartz countertops

Unlike other natural countertop materials, quartz is an engineered countertop, combined with resins, polymers and pigments to give it the great look and durability it is known for. This process improves the product, since you don’t have to seal it, it won’t stain or support propagation of microorganisms. Moreover, it is almost maintenance-free.

Does this mean you don’t have to care for quartz countertops? In a word, no.

Though the material only needs cleaning and disinfecting, you still have to maintain it at all times. Everyday maintenance involves wiping off fresh spills with a soft cloth. Read on to learn more.

Routine cleaning of quartz counters

Naturally, quartz doesn’t stain in cases of spills of wine, vinegar, water, tea, soda and lemon juice. However, it’s still essential to wipe off spills immediately, before they dry, using a soft dry cloth and a mild dishwashing detergent.

If stains do dry, use a glass or surface cleaner and a nonabrasive sponge – and a little elbow grease. If you ever have the unfortunate experience of gum, food, paint, nail polish or another substance that hardens after drying and it sticks to the surface, use a putty knife to gently scrape it off.

Cooking grease is a challenge, but can still be removed with a sponge and dishwashing detergent. In the case of grease, use a degreaser. Most degreaser products will show the instructions to follow.

In cases where permanent marker finds its way onto your quartz countertop, simple dishwashing detergent won’t cut it. Here, you’ll have to use alcohol or another product that removes marker stains. Run a little alcohol on the stain and then rinse off with clean water.

It’s also important to know how to disinfect quartz countertops. Spread a little disinfectant on the surface and wipe with clean water.

Take a look at the collection of countertops from Caesarstone to learn more what makes quartz easy to care for.

What to avoid with quartz countertop care

Quartz countertops are easy to care for, but you might make costly mistakes while you’re at it. To keep your countertop looking its best, there are a few things you need to avoid:

  • Acids, alkalines and abrasives: Harsh cleaners and scouring pads will dull the surface of your quartz countertop. You need only mild cleaning soap to get the job done. Products with nail polish remover and turpentine, among other products with strong acids or alkalis, are not ideal for cleaning purposes. However, quartz will tolerate weak acids and weak alkalis.
  • Heat: Do not place hot pots and pans on your countertop. Instead, use trivets and hot pads to protect the counter. While natural quartz does not scorch when exposed to heat, the resins and polymers used during to manufacture countertops can melt. However, most quartz countertops will withstand up to about 148 degrees Celsius – but prolonged exposure to heat will cause damage and scorch marks.
  • Dicing or slicing fruits and vegetables: Although quartz is a durable material, it doesn’t resist marks caused by sharp knives. When cutting fruits and vegetables, be sure to use a chopping board.
  • Throw away warranty certificate: When you buy a quartz countertop, you get a lifetime warranty for indoor use. Once you have read and reviewed your warranty certificate, store it away safely. You may never need it, especially if you take care of your quartz countertop, but sometimes manufacturer defects require the warranty certificate.
  • Sealing quartz counters: Quartz countertops do not require sealing like other counter materials. Let the shiny surface of your countertop be. Quartz countertops are nonporous, which means liquids will not seep in to stain or discolor your counter, so no sealing is required to keep the counter looking new.

Why use quartz countertops at home?

Quartz counters are ideal for all areas on your home, including the kitchen, fireplace, bathroom and any other space that you feel needs a countertop. Among other materials, quartz is easier to care for. For other materials such as granite and marble, you will need to seal and regularly reseal, at least twice a year. The fact that you don’t need any sealant on quartz makes the maintenance process very easy.

Besides ease of maintenance, quartz countertops are durable. The natural quartz stone ranks as the seventh hardest stone in the world. This makes it resistant to scratches, chipping and breaking. Although high heat might damage your counter, you will likely enjoy many decades of use. Again, during manufacture, different pigments are added to give quartz unique colours. You are not stuck with the natural look of stone with quartz; you can add any patterns or colours you need to make your counter great looking. For all these benefits, you will pay a little more than you would with other counter materials.

The bottom line

Clearly, quartz countertops are trending, and with good reason. Their strength and durability are among the most appealing features, but without proper care, they may be damaged or stained to the point the manufacturer’s warranty won’t apply.

When well cared for, quartz countertops will maintain their shine, and the pigments won’t fade. And once you learn proper care and disinfecting techniques, this will all help keep your kitchen or bathroom clean.


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Design/Build Expert: Kitchens

What’s cookin’ good lookin’ ? Kitchens are changing. This is how and why

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What’s cookin’ good lookin’ ? Kitchens are changing. This is how and why

Photography by Peter Sellar

Kitchens are changing dramatically in Canada as housing forms continue to change, and the driver is the divide between larger, expansive sprawl or estate-style homes versus the shrinking units found in the newer, micro-sized condo suites. They are also evolving to represent the true goal of these spaces – and it may differ from what you may initially think.

Size matters

The larger the home, the more likely one can find an eat-in style, more closed concept, dedicated kitchen space. While this room may be somewhat open to either the dining room or the family room for a great-room style feel, it is now more expansive and opulent than ever.

The smaller the home, the more likely the kitchen is completely open-concept to the main living area, adjacent to either the dining or family rooms, or even integrated into the suite as a whole like in a bachelor-style suite. In these types of spaces, appliances are more often hidden behind panel-style fronts, blending seamlessly and completely out of sight when not in use. It provides more of a multi-functional and flexible space, eliminating the feel that one is always in the kitchen when eating, socializing or even sleeping in those tight urban abodes.

Paradigm shift

The trends as it relates to colours of the cabinets and counters themselves are changing too. While the most popular all-white kitchen has dominated the last decade, the mood and related colour palette is shifting in a big way. The intermixing of colour, be it stained or painted cabinets, have been dropped into the spaces by way of feature islands or lower versus upper cabinet colouring, for some time now. Designer Laura Thornton from Thornton Design confirms the fashion of this hub has taken a virtual 180. “Black,” she says, “as well as deep greys and hearty wood tones in a matte or high-gloss finish,” are setting the dramatic stage. Mixing in more offsetting style includes large industrial ranges and ventilation hood fan covers as popping focal points in larger kitchens. Paired with gold hardware, the strong statement is a paradigm shift from recent historical kitchen projects where hoods were hidden and white cabinets and brushed nickel adorned virtually every project, along with light, if not pure white counters.

Industry insider

Quartz countertop company Cambria further confirms this. Kirstin Kucy, Toronto market rep from Cambria, affirms that even though white and grey counters are still extremely popular in kitchens, consumers and designers are trending more to a darker, sophisticated, richer colour palette. This is most visible in the kitchen surfaces where consumers are gravitating towards darker hues and low-lustre (matte finish) materials. “We’ve seen an increased interest in Cambria’s Blackpool Matte design, a low-sheen, solid-black quartz surface material, as well as in designs from our new Black Marble collection for use in kitchens, and even in architectural elements such as backsplashes, shower walls and fireplace surrounds, in lieu of tile,” she says.

Design district privileges

When planning your own kitchen project, be sure to swing by Toronto’s design-decor district – specifically The Building Block – the new one-stop shopping solution at the corner of Caledonia and Lawrence, where you can retain the full suite of both architectural and interior design services for your space, experience a number of the newest kitchen designs in new vignettes, as well as more than 160 countertop styles in the Cambria Premier Dealership in the Distinctive by Design Fine Cabinetry showroom. You can even retain the service of full construction execution – all under one Green rooftop patio! While in the area, be sure to check out some of our designer and trade local favourites, such as the café inside Elte, or for some cured meats or an espresso at Speducci Mercatto, where you can feel like a trendsetting European as you sort out the selections you will use for your own amazing kitchen.

Buon appetito!

Brendan Charters is a Founding Partner at Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments Inc., the GTA’s only four-time winner of the Renovator of the Year award.

@eurodalehomes

(416) 782-5690


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