Marble is one of the most beautiful materials, but it also has a few flaws which make it not the best option for use in the kitchen. There is where quartz comes to the scene- quartz marble effect has almost identical appearance as the real marble, but with improved characteristics. Quartz is resistant to staining and scratching, two very important characteristics for the use in the kitchen.
But with every other material, quartz has its pros and cons too, so continue reading to find out about them.
1. Resistant to staining
Quartz has a non-porous surface which doesn’t absorb water or liquids. Quartz is therefore highly resistant to staining and you will not have to worry about spilt wine or coffee leaving a stain.
Quartz is ranking 7th on the Mohs scale of hardest stones. This means that quartz has very densely packed molecules which are hard to break. This attributes to its high resistance to scratches- cutting directly on your quartz kitchen worktops will not harm it.
3. Variety of colours and patterns
Quartz is an engineered stone made of natural quartz, resins and pigments. The purpose of the pigments is to alter the colour and add patterns. Quartz can have a marble effect, but it can also look like other stones, primarily granite. You can find classic colours in quartz’s range as well as bright, uncommon ones such as orange.
Marble is considered by the many the most beautiful stone out there and quartz marble effect is no exception. Quartz imitations are so accurate only experts will be able to tell the difference.
5. Easy to maintain
Quartz is an almost maintenance-free option; the cleaning is very easy and it doesn’t need sealing. The cleaning is handled with only soap and a soft cloth. Just make some soapy water and wipe your worktops with a cloth. Then remove the residue with a clean damped cloth.
1. Sensitive to chemicals
You should avoid using many household cleaners for quartz maintenance- all the ones that contain bleach and ammonia. Such cleaners can lessen the bond between the components of quartz worktops- the stone and resins. Instead, just use mild detergent or soap. Since quartz has a smooth, non-porous surface, soap will be enough to remove all the dirt from the top surface and make your worktops highly hygienic.
2. It is heavy
Quartz has densely packed molecules which make the final product heavy. Therefore, quartz should be installed by a certified entity whit an experience on how to handle it. Some cabinets may require additional structural support before the installation.
Quartz with marble effect is a great alternative to real marble. Not only that it is resistant to staining and scratching unlike marble, but it is also more affordable.
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