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Many homeowners ask us, “What’s the difference between quartz and granite?” There are different benefits and drawbacks to each, and it really comes down to a matter of personal preference. However, we want to help you make the best decision when choosing a new quartz countertop for your home. At Wholesale Granite Direct, our quartz countertops represent an excellent investment that most homeowners should strongly consider.
Quartz is becoming a more popular contender with granite these days. If you’re interested in a quartz countertop in Arlington, TX call Wholesale Granite Direct. We offer a large selection of quartz for kitchens, bathrooms, and more. Call us at 817-962-2616 or check out our online inventory.
Quartz Countertop vs. Granite Countertop
One of our top quartz options is silestone quartz countertops. Silestone quartz is antimicrobial, so silestone quartz countertops in your kitchen can help protect your family from germs. These countertops also make a great addition to a doctor’s office or other area where limiting the spread of germs is important.
Because the natural quartz is mixed with resin, quartz countertops are nonporous. Unlike granite, quartz resists stains, does not need sealing, and will not harbor bacteria. Many people choose to install quartz countertops in their bathrooms because of this reason. Quartz is also more durable than granite.
One characteristic that many homeowners enjoy about quartz is its consistency. Because it is partially engineered, quartz is not unique like granite. While some see this as a flaw, many others like knowing the design they see in the showroom is what they will get in their home. Quartz is also available in some more unique colors than granite, such as sparkling red and emerald green.
Quartz countertops are not 100 percent natural, although they are usually considered natural stone. Pieces of quartz get combined with a small percentage of resin to bind them together at a manufacturing plant. It is then cut into slabs, like granite, and polished before shipping.
Quality Quartz Installation
If you need a quartz countertop installation, call the professional installers at Wholesale Granite Direct. We specialize in sales, fabrication, and installation of all types of natural stone. Whether you need work in your bathroom, kitchen, or other space, we are here to help! Our design specialists can also help you make the best selection based on your needs and price range.
Quartz Countertop Care
1. Regular cleaning should be done with a mild soap or detergent and a soft cloth. Make sure the soap is non-bleach and non-abrasive.
2. Although stain-resistant, quartz countertops are not stainproof. Wipe up liquids as soon as possible. Quartz will resist stains for a short period of time, but all colored liquids should be cleaned up promptly.
3. A glass or surface cleaner, such as Windex, can be used for heavy or dried-on stains. Use a non-abrasive sponge. For deep cleaning, spray a generous amount; leave on for ten minutes, then wipe away.
4. Scrape away grease, gum, and paint with a plastic putty knife or razor blade. Use a degreasing cleanser, formulated for Quartz countertops, to clean off grease. Rinse away immediately.
5. Remove ink or permanent markers carefully with an oil-based cleaner, such as Goo Gone. Rinse with warm water immediately after the stain is removed.
6. Heavy, stuck-on, hard-to-remove stains such as nail polish can be removed with a mixture of acetone, Ajax, and water. Dilute the Ajax to the point of minimal abrasiveness. Wipe away immediately.
Preventing Countertop Damage
1. Use hot pads or trivets for pans, crockpots, and electric skillets. Quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but it can be damaged by quick changes in temperature. Also known as “thermal shock.”
2. Avoid using knives directly on quartz countertops. Quartz is very scratch-resistant, but it can be damaged when forcefully hit with sharp objects. A cutting board is recommended.
3. Avoid cleaning with highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, such as nail polish remover, turpentine, oven cleaner, bleach, drain cleaners, dishwasher rinsing agents, etc. Clean immediately with a mild detergent and rinse, if they are spilled.
4. Avoid pressure or force on your countertops, such as dropping a heavy pot, as it can chip or crack the stone.
To find your new quartz countertop in Arlington, TX, come to the showroom at Wholesale Granite Direct or call 817-962-2616.