Quartzite Countertops Maintenance

Why Quartzite?

Quartzite has been trending as a countertop material in the past few years—and for good reason. With a look that is often similar to marble and a durability comparable to granite, this natural stone seems to have it all.

I would name Quartzite as a “designer’s choice”, because of its natural, glamorous beauty. Most designers ( at least ones I know) look for something different and integrates or uses it both for its aesthetics and function. Besides its exquisiteness, Quartzite’s strongest selling points is its hardness and durability. Quartzite is nearly twice as hard as glass and harder than the blade of a knife. It is also resistant to common kitchen acids and will not etch when exposed to things like lemon juice or vinegar.

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Paramount Quality Stone – Caribbean Sea Wave Quartzite

Maintenance

Caring for quartzite is similar to caring for granite. We would recommend wiping up counters regularly with a gentle cleanser, water, and a soft cloth or paper towel.

As with any surface, simple preventative measures should be taken to protect quartzite countertops. Wipe up spills and moisture as quickly as possible, and use coasters, trivets, and cooling racks. Utilize cutting boards, though perhaps not for the reason you’d expect: “Quartzite is extremely high on the Mohs hardness scale. When it’s that high, it could dull your knives.”

Does Quartzite require Sealing?

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Taj Mahal Quartzite -Photo courtesy of Design-by-JC-Remodeling-Taj-Mahal-Leathered-Quartzite

Is sealing required for quartzite? It depends on the stone’s porosity.

Quartzites are made of metamorphosed sandstone. Depending on the amount of metamorphosis, each quartzite can be more or less porous. Porous varieties of quartzite, may benefit from the application of a good sealer. Many modern sealers can protect stone from 1-10 years, and some have stain removal warranties. Your fabricator or stone supplier can provide specific guidance on choosing the appropriate product for your stone.

Generally speaking, the best indication that a countertop needs sealing is to watch the area around the kitchen sink. If you notice the stone darkening around the sink from water, it may mean that a sealer is needed—or that the current sealer is becoming less effective. Make sure the stone is cleaned and allowed to dry completely before applying the sealer.

 

When you decide to select Quartzite for your kitchen or bathroom countertops, reach out to us.  Paramount Quality Stone has a huge inventory of natural stones,  with countless selection of exceptional quality quartzite stones.

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Pet Friendly Natural Stone Flooring

Are you wondering if your floor material at home is pet-friendly or perhaps looking for one?  First let us learn about “natural stone”.

Natural Stone refers to a number of products quarried from the earth. They are product of the earth which comes with all the benefits!

Among other building floor materials, none is more elegant and luxurious than natural stone. Natural stone’s  individual beauty and character makes it unique.  Natural Stone is hygienic; meaning it creates surface that donot hold dust, hair or skin, making it suitable for many applications where hygiene is required or preferred. Thus, natural stone flooring is certainly suitable for homes with pets.  Well, there you go!

Being a “natural material” , it makes it one of the most durable materials on the planet. This durability and resilience gives pet owners some key benefits. A granite, marble, slate or travertine floor will not scratch easily, meaning your pets can run around to their heart’s content without damaging the floor beneath them.

We recommend all customers to seal their natural stone flooring, which helps protect the material from any nasty surprises.

Consider heated underfloor as stone flooring can be a chilly surface. Treat your pets to a comfortable furry rug or  bed for nap time – to make them feel warm.

The Most Common Question we get from Customers who shop for Countertops

In the business of stones , countertop shoppers asks same questions everytime ; “What is the difference between Quartz and Quartzite?”

Let’s define the (2) two materials:

Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock which was originally pure quartz sandstone. Quartzite is beautiful and exotic.

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Paramount Quality Stone’s Alexandrita Quartzite

Quartz countertops are actually a form of engineered stone, man-made from ground-up particles of stone bound together with space-age plastic resins.

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ColorQuartz Calacatta Supreme

Characteristics of both materials:

Quartzite is generally found in white to gray. Pink and red hues are a result of iron oxide in the stone. Yellow, blue, green and orange quartzite results from the presence of other minerals. Regardless of the color, the quartzite will have streaking caused by varying degrees of pressure in its formation and the random presence of iron oxide or other minerals.

Quartz, because pigment can be added, is available in a much wider range of colors for you to consider. The way the countertop material is formulated gives it the appearance of natural stone such as granite or marble.

The bottom line is you want the natural beauty, quartzite is your choice. If you’d like a more diverse selection of solid colors and patterns to consider, you’ll find it in quartz.

Durability:

Quartzite is harder than granite, so it is quite durable. It withstands heat very well.

Quartz is hard too, but not quite as hard as quartzite. The resin used in manufacturing quartz countertops is a plastic, so it is prone to melting in heat above 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Maintenance:

Quartzite requires quite a bit more TLC. It must be sealed before use and re-sealed one or two times per year. Without a proper seal, stains can penetrate into the stone. This is a weakness shared by all natural stone including granite and marble. When properly sealed, quartzite cleanup is easy.

Quartz requires very little maintenance. It wipes clean with a damp cloth. Abrasive cleaners should not be used on quartz, and they really aren’t needed. Ease of maintenance is the main advantage quartz countertops have over quartzite.  In any event, as with all countertops, it is advisable to use cleaners designed for your type of surface.

In conclusion, Quartzite and Quartz  are two gorgeous options for your home projects.  Both are very durable and deserve consideration as you plan your home construction or remodeling

Get Creative with Stonetop table DIY Project!

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With the amount of time we have now at home, we often think of how to spenf it productively.  One way is to indulge in Do-It-Yourself projects!  How about making yourself a table? It can be a coffee table, console table or side table.  The photo above shows a coffee table where you can use a remnant stone and hairpin legs which you can purchase online.  The stone makes it elegant and would not look like it is DIY. 🙂 Add in the hairpin legs in Gold leaf finish or brass and you achieve the mid-century style!

So when you have decided to do this project, get your tabletop stone from us.  Paramount Quality Stone offers exotic natural stones, remnant or the whole slab, we have them!  The good thing with buying the whole slab is you will have matching coffee table and console table or Dining table and console table.

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Is your Kitchen ready for the Holidays?

Thanksgiving and your Kitchen.

Thanksgiving Day is approaching and family gatherings are bound to happen despite of the pandemic in the background.  With that said, extra precautionary measures are necessary particularly disinfecting surfaces.

But before that step, check your kitchen for too old stuff, even broken or cracked countertops.  Old stuff creates molds and is not healthy.  Broken or cracked countertops  absorbs germs and bacteria which means uninvited creatures can settle in! Yikes!

So, is it time to unclutter? Yes! with every year, you get more stuff then accumulates more every year without realizing you had old items at the back of each pantry shelf. Is it time to replace cracked countertops? Absolutely! Beside eliminating housing for insects,upgrading your kitchen gives you better ROI (Return Of Investment) and definitely better home environment.

Need I say more? We at Paramount Quality Stone can help!  Visit our showroom and slabyard to select your new countertop.