Quartz countertops are growing in popularity as an option for kitchens and bathrooms. One reason many people choose quartz is because they believe that it cannot stain like other types of stones. Although quartz does not stain quite as easily as marble, granite or other stone countertops, it is not stain-proof. There are circumstances where a substance can leave a stain on a quartz countertop.
Low Rate of Absorption
Quartz countertops, which are engineered stone, are manufactured to have a low rate of absorption. This is due to the resin that binds the crushed quartz together. This makes the stone almost non-porous, unlike other types of natural stone, like marble which can stain even if water is left for too long on the surface. However, because the countertops contain resins that are petroleum byproducts, the surface can react with certain substances which could result in staining. Some of these may include permanent marker, sodium hydroxide and chemicals with alkaline properties.
Spills on Quartz Counters
Quartz countertops do not need sealing like other types of natural stone but this does not mean they cannot stain. Hard water may leave a chalky residue on the surface and tea or coffee could also discolor the counter. This is often seen on lighter colored quartz, such as types made to mimic the look of marble. When any substance is spilled on your quartz countertops, you should wipe the spill up immediately as a precaution. This is especially true if you have lighter counters and there is a spill of dark liquid like red wine, fruit juice or coffee.
Removing and Preventing Stains
If your quartz countertop develops a stain, it may be possible to remove it yourself. Use a non-abrasive cleaning pad and a large amount of cleaner designed specifically for quartz. Nail polish, lipstick, wax or dried food may be removed using a plastic knife or spatula. The best way to avoid stains is to wipe up any liquids immediately. Always use a cutting board on your counters as knife cuts could damage the surface allowing liquids to stain more easily. Dark counters exposed to direct sunlight may show discoloration so keep this in mind when installing your counters. Direct heat may also discolor the countertops which is why you should always use hot pads or trivets beneath pans taken directly from the stove.
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