Quartzite Care Guide

Quartzite is different from granite in that quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed when sandstone has been put under deep pressure, whereas granite is an igneous rock that was formed from molten lava that has solidified and crystallized. Quartzite usually has the look of marble but it is more durable than marble.

General Cleaning

Products specifically made for cleaning natural stone are recommended for everyday cleaning. If stone cleaners are not available, use a damp sponge or microfiber cloth with warm water and mild dish soap to clean spills and loosen dirt. Repeated use of dish soap could cause residue to build up and diminish the stone’s shine. Cleaning products with ammonia, vinegar, and bleach can break down the sealer over time, and are not recommended.

Spills and Stains

Clean up spills immediately, especially oil and acidic foods such as tomato sauce, wine, coffee, fruit juice and soda. Although quartzite countertops are typically sealed prior to installation, a stain may result when a substance is absorbed into the pores of the quartzite. Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area because it will spread the spill. Flush the area with mild soap and water, then rinse. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary. 

A honed or brushed surface will stain much faster than a polished surface and must be sealed more frequently.

Difficult Spot Removal

For adhered materials like gum, nail polish, paint, etc. — When necessary you may scrape adhered materials with a sharp edge (for example, a razor blade may be used parallel to the surface). Difficult spots may be treated with acetone. Scrub and always rinse thoroughly.

Proper Sealing

Quartzite is sealed to prevent staining. It is recommended that you seal your granite countertops on a periodic basis. Many modern sealers can protect stone from 1-10 years, and some have stain removal warranties. It is a very simple process that the owner can perform themselves. Just spray or wipe a penetrating stone sealer over the countertop, wait 4 or 5 minutes for it to dry, and then wipe off any excess residue. Please contact us to find out information on where to purchase the stone sealer.


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