Quartzite Countertop Dos and Don’ts

Unlike quartz, which is a manufactured product, quartzite is a natural stone like granite and marble. Quartzite is a beautiful, versatile product that enhances the look of any home and can even increase your home's value. Caring for your quartzite properly will help protect your investment and prevent damage, chips, and cracks. Here are a few simple dos and don'ts to keep in mind about quartzite.

Don't Use the Wrong Products to Clean Your Quartzite Countertops

Like other types of natural stone, quartzite is durable, but requires special care to ensure that the product is not damaged, scratched, or suffer from discoloration. Never use any acidic or abrasive products on the countertop. This includes any products that contain citrus products or vinegar. Do not use steel wool, as well. Instead, use a mild cleaner or one that is specifically formulated for use on natural stone countertops. Clean the surface with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.

Do Have Your Quartzite Countertops Periodically Sealed

Natural stone products are naturally porous. This means that your quartzite countertops will need to be periodically sealed by a professional. For example, if you notice any etch marks, water marks from glasses, discoloration, or any other small cracks or damage, it is time to have the countertops resealed.

Otherwise, you should ask the company that installed your countertops how often you should have the quartzite resealed. Typically, you will need to have your quartzite countertops about every two years.

Do Clean Up Spills and Messes Immediately

Although your quartzite countertops are sealed and this will protect the natural stone underneath from discoloration, it is still advisable to clean up any spills or messes as quickly as possible after they occur. Just use plain water or a mild cleaner and a soft cloth to clean up the spills.

If your countertops are damaged at all and you notice the spill permeating the sealant and seeping into the natural stone, contact a professional to have the countertops repaired and the stains removed.

Don't Forget the Coasters and Trivets

Keep your coasters and trivets handy to protect your quartzite countertops from spills, water marks, or burn marks. The sealed quartzite can be damaged by heat, so never set a hot plate, pot, or pan directly on the countertop. Place a coaster under your drinks to prevent water marks, as well. If you do notice any condensation coming from the glass or bottle and pooling on the countertop, wipe it up with a soft cloth right away.

With the proper care and the right cleaning products, it is possible to protect your quartzite countertops.