Quartz is non-porous, which makes it one of the easiest countertop surfaces to maintain and clean.
With any stone countertop it’s a good idea to clean up spills right away. Even though Quartz is non-porous and stain resistant, it is not stain proof. Spills left to sit for long periods of time can cause discolorations. Plus, the longer a stain sits, the harder it becomes to clean.
Here are the dos and don’ts of cleaning Quartz countertops:
Many people use Windex® or similar cleaners to help shine their countertops, while this is okay for most Quartz, you should avoid cleaners with bleach or ammonia. Windex® for example come in an ammonia-free version.
Use harsh chemicals (avoid very high or low pH levels)
Use bleach or ammonia
Use bleach wipes
Clean with rough scouring pads or stiff-bristled brushes
Clean with vinegar (some say it is okay, but vinegar is acidic and can cause discoloration)
The real key is to be gentle. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or cleaning tools that can scratch the surface. Long-term that’s the real goal, avoid scratches. The resins used to seal quartz protects the stone. Scratches allow food and other substances to reach the stone, which can cause damage and stains. If you avoid cleaning with sharp or abrasive products and/or harsh chemicals, you’ll help prolong the life and beauty of your Quartz.
Quartz is an engineered stone, so it’s not 100% natural. Companies manufacture it. Different brands of Quartz may have slightly different instructions for care, so check with your manufacturer or installer to make sure you know the best methods for cleaning your countertops. If you have questions, give us a call at:316-946-0530
Sealed granite countertops are easy to clean, but there are a few things you should know before cleaning to help you protect your countertops.
First, granite requires sealing about once a year to protect the stone from stains and scratches. The sealing lasts different amounts of time depending on how often use your countertops, how hard you use them, and the type of sealing used. It’s important to know the state of your seal before cleaning.
Unsealed granite, or a countertop where the seal has worn off will allow the stone to absorb liquids and spills, potentially creating stains. To test your seal put a couple of drops of water in a few spots of you countertop and wait a couple of minutes. If the water soaks into the stone, it is probably time to reseal. If the water remains beaded on the surface of the granite, the seal is good.
To clean granite, the number one rule is be gentle. Here are the dos and don’ts:
While some commercial cleaners are okay, they may break down the seal faster. It’s best to use only dish soap and water. Cleaning granite is simple, just mix warm water and a mild dish soap and wipe the countertops gently until clean. After cleaning, dry with a microfiber cloth or terry cloth towel cloth to get rid of streaks. It's that simple.
Preventative maintenance goes along way with granite. If you clean up spills quickly, seal regularly, and avoid using anything abrasive on the countertop, you can expect your granite to retain its beauty for a lifetime.
If you have questions about caring for you granite, or about new countertop installations or repairs give us a call at 316-946-0530. We provide service for homeowners and contractors in the Wichita area.
Granite and Marble are both all natural stone materials, they are similar in many ways.
Marble is a higher-end product that requires more care than Granite, however it offers a timeless elegance that is hard to match.
Visually, the patterns and color variations you see in Granite are small flecks, compared to swirling lines in a Marble. Marble’s color has more of a fluid feel, while granite is more random. Marble offers a cleaner, brighter feel, while Granite is more earthy and modern.
If you’ve narrowed your selection down to Granite and Marble, here’s what you need to know to decide which countertop is right for your home.
The main difference between Granite and Marble for many people is simply about the desire for an elegant luxury product that is more rare (Marble), compared to a more practical stone with less of a high-end feel (Granite). Both countertops are durable, and can last for decades when properly cared for, so either is a great choice.
Generally Marble is better suite for areas that will get less abuse such as bathrooms, accents or areas designed for baking. Granite is a more all-purpose stone that will hold up better in busy kitchens.
However, even though Marble is more expensive and more difficult to maintain. With proper care, it provides a timeless beauty that Granite cannot match. For this reason, Marble is often used in high-end applications. Marble Is known to raise the value of a property. If you’re willing to take the extra care to maintain your countertops, Marble is suitable for most homes.
Granite is more practical for high traffic areas and large families. It’s one of the most commonly used materials for higher-end countertops. While not a unique as Marble, it’s popularity speaks to its quality and durability.
Consider how your family will use your countertops over the years and give us a call if you’d like to start comparing the two products in person. We have a large selection of Marble and Granite in our Wichita showroom. 316-946-0530
If you’re looking for kitchen, bath or bar design ideas, take a look at our Granite and Marble galleries here.
Granite and Quartz are both great choices for a kitchen, bathroom or bar countertop. The two materials are very similar in price and durability, and choosing often boils down to a few personal preferences.
If you’re looking for a more traditional, elegant look or if you like more varied and unique patterns, you’ll prefer Granite. The only cons with Granite are that you have to seal and polish the countertop about once a year, so there are some maintenance costs. High-end and exotic Granite slabs can also be very expensive.
If you want a more modern look, or countertop that require less maintenance, you’ll like Quartz. Quartz countertops aren’t as resilient to heat though, so you’ll have to exercise a little care with very hot objects.
Pricing variations in both types of countertops occur depending how many slabs are required, customizations and the number of cuts required, edge treatments, color and grade.
Granite and Quartz are currently (2019) the most popular countertop material for new homes and remodeling projects in the U.S. Either stone is a great choice and most homeowners are very happy with their selection after they’ve learned which option best fits their home design, budget and lifestyle.
If you’re looking for design ideas, take a look at our countertop galleries, or visit our Wichita showroom to get some ideas.