Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that resembles marble in appearance and is harder than marble and granite. Quartzite countertops, backsplashes, and vanities offer strength, beauty, and durability.
Many homeowners confuse quartzite with quartz, which is an engineered countertop fabricated from loose quartz and synthetic materials. Quartzite, on the other hand, is a metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. It is extracted from a quarry and formed into slabs.
The color of quartzite generally ranges from white to gray. Some quartzite slabs that were exposed to specific minerals during formation may have other color hues.
You can maintain the natural beauty of your quartzite countertops with these care tips.
- Like all natural stones, quartzite should be sealed to protect against stains.
- Do not use abrasives or cleaners with a vinegar or citrus base. Acidic cleaners can slowly break down sealants, making the stone dull and vulnerable to stains.
- Wipe down countertops daily with a damp cloth and a drop or two of mild detergent.
- If stains do occur, you can remove them with a commercial poultice or with baking soda and water mixed to the consistency of a paste. Spread a thick layer of the paste over the stain, cover with plastic wrap, wait a day or two, and then wipe clean. If there is still some staining, you can repeat the past application.
- Protect quartzite from high heat, such as a dish or pan that has just come out of the oven or off the stove.
- Use a cutting board for chopping to protect your quartzite countertop from scratches.
If you’re looking for elegance and sheen of natural stone with the advantage of a hard, durable surface, consider quartzite. The team at Ivey Lane has years of experience with all types of natural stone, including quartzite. We will guide you through your kitchen or bath project from start to finish.