Quartz

Quartz tile maintenance

Quartz is a common mineral, silicon dioxide (SiO2), usually colorless or white, although it may be colored by impurities. It has a vitreous luster. There are several varieties of quartz, including rock crystal, amethyst, chalcedony and agate. Used for countertops, flooring, showers and vertical surfaces. Suitable for interior or exterior use, both residentaillly and commercially.

Quartz has a hardness of 7 on the MOH Scale (a scale for determining the relative hardness of a mineral according to its resistance to scratching). The hardest mineral, at 10, is diamond. The softest mineral, at 1, is talc.

The beauty, hardness and utility of quartz makes it a highly desirable material for countertops in home design. In addition to its natural strength, quartz is a beautiful stone that adds color and warmth to a room. Though the cost to add quartz countertops to any new kitchen or remodel can be quite high, they remain the premiere choice in many new and remodeled homes

Not etched by most acids, but can be etched by hydrofluoric acid! Because quartz is quite hard, it can be cleaned at pressures up to 1,450 PSI if the grout is in good condition.

While quartz countertops are a favorite choice due to their beauty and durability, they are not impervious to damage. Regular care includes proper cleaning and the use of sealers to prevent staining. Although quartz is quite hard, it can be easily be chipped. A skilled professional can perform repairs that are nearly invisible. Quartz surfaces never require sealing, buffing or reconditioning. They offer the opulence and durability of granite without the maintenance. Cons: Some consumers feel that quartz surfaces look too uniform. Quartz can be damaged by excessive force or pressure and warranties do not cover damage from heat.

DuPont™ Zodiaq® is 93% pure quartz crystal, which gives Zodiaq® a natural depth and radiance without the imperfections common in unimproved stone. And because quartz is one of nature’s strongest materials, Zodiaq® is also incredibly durable and resists both heat and scratches. The smooth, nonporous surface of Zodiaq® resists even the toughest stains and will retain its luster for many years without the need for sealants or waxes. maintain. The quartz used in Zodiaq® - coupled with high-performance, stain-resistant polymers - results in a durable, nonporous, chemical-resistant surface. Zodiaq® is also heat- and scratch-resistant, but not heat- and scratch-proof. Zodiaq® keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing. Because it is nonporous, Zodiaq® does not require sealants or waxes.

Features and Benefits of Quartz Stone:

  • One of earth's strongest natural materials.
  • Quartz tile stands up to the most demanding wear conditions.
  • Quartz natural sheen adds beauty while creating the industry¹s lowest cost maintenance floors.
  • Natural pigments give quartz tile a brilliant collection of lasting color.
  • The high composition of quartz crystals in quartz tile creates a high traction surface.
  • Naturally beautiful with unique pattern and color.
  • Heat-resistant.
  • Scratch-resistant.
  • Stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant with proper care and maintenance.
  • Resistant to most acids, such as soft drinks and juices, as compared to marble.

What are the DO's and DON'Ts of Quartz?

  • DO clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
  • DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
  • DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch your stone's surface.
  • DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
  • DO clean surfaces regularly with StoneTech™ Professional Revitalizer™ Cleaner & Protector.
  • DON'T wait to clean up spills on stone.
  • DON'T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.
  • DON'T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
  • DON'T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • DON'T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
  • DON'T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.

Not etched by most acids, but can be etched by hydrofluoric acid! Because quartz is quite hard, it can be cleaned at pressures up to 1,450 PSI if the grout is in good condition.

Products to Clean, Maintain, Seal and Protect Quartz Floors and Countertops:

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