Quartz surfaces, unlike the quartz crystals found in nature, are an engineered material that is usually composed of ground up quartz crystals, resins, and other natural materials to create a design. Because this is a man-made material, the design possibilities are endless, with colors, patterns, and finishes ranging across the spectrum. Beyond its design versatility, this tough material has practical advantages as well. Quartz is an non-porous material, so it’s easier to keep sanitized and clean than other stone surfaces. It doesn’t necessarily need to be sealed, but it is recommended to seal lighter colors to protect it from staining.
Keeping your quartz surface healthy follows the same standards of care as most other stone surfaces. A mix of dish soap and water with a microfiber cloth is great for regular cleaning, and using a PH neutral stone cleaner is the best option for heavy-duty spills. Abrasive cleaning tools like steel wool and scouring pads should be avoided, as well as acidic cleaners like vinegar. Quartz is resistant to heat, but it can crack if exposed to high temperatures for too long, so it is recommended to protect your top from hot cookware with a pot holder or trivet. It also best for the longevity of your stone, and your knives, to use a cutting board whenever possible.
For more detailed information regarding the care of your stone, please see the brand-specific guides below: