Quartzite is a natural stone and is the hardest of the natural stones used for countertops. On the MOHS scale, quartzite ranks between 7-8 which is even harder than Granite and a great choice for durable countertops. It has grown in popularity due to simplistic patterns, linear veining, and soothing colors. Much like other natural stones, quartzites come in a variety of colors and vein patterns. There are some quartzites that are very simple, with almost no veining while others are very striking, bold, and dramatic.
Quartzite is an extremely dense material. A special saw blade must be used when cutting quartzite because it is so hard and dense. Throughout fabrication, this characteristic makes it slightly more difficult to work with which is part of the reason quartzite tends to be more expensive than granite.
3 Benefits Of Quartzite Countertops
Quartzite Countertops are harder than Granite making them a durable choice for use in Kitchens, Bathrooms, and bar tops. All natural stones can chip, especially if something heavy like a cast iron pot were to drop on them but filling chips in natural stone countertops is much easier than filling a chip in Quartz Countertops.
2. Sleek & Modern
Quartzite veining is usually more of a “linear” pattern as opposed to a “speckled” pattern you see in a lot of Granites. The natural veins in Quartzite Countertops offer a clean, crisp, modern look in your kitchen.
3. Color Options
Quartzite comes in all different patterns and colors. A classic, neutral quartzite like Taj Majal Quartzite, gives a room timeless elegance. A bold, dramatic choice like Fusion Quartzite, can make your countertops the jaw-dropper in your kitchen.
Quartzite Countertop Maintenance
Quartzite is a porous, natural stone that does require sealing to protect it from staining. As with any countertop, regular cleaning is necessary to keep counters clear of bacteria and germs. Mild dish soap, warm water, and a microfiber cloth can handle the bulk of your kitchen clean-up. PH balanced cleaners such as Green Works and Amonia-Free Glass Cleaner can also be used to clean your quartzite countertops.
In order to preserve your quartzite countertops DO NOT USE THE FOLLOWING:
- No Bleach
- No Vinegar
- No Ammonia
- No Citrus
- No Hydrofluoric Acid
- No Methylene Chloride
- No Scouring pads