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Natural stone is beautiful choice for granite countertops.  Engineered stone, quartz and laminate all try to mimic the beauty of natural stone, but they do not even come close! Everyone has heard the expression that “imitation is the highest form of flattery” and this is very true when it comes to granite and marble countertops.

Granite and marble can be expensive, but doesn’t have to be. With the right stone selection, and reasonable choices for edge and design it can be more cost effective than Corian, and most engineered or quartz stone type products.

Its beauty is timeless, rich and transcends the ages. The resale value of your investment can be more rewarding than the imitators and this is evidenced by the large numbers of realtors that come here every day to spruce up a home to make it saleable.

Its durability is legendary. A home with natural stone accents is valued for its custom one of a kind attributes and recognized as not an off the shelf one size fits all approach to most products today.

Some will try to scare you with the scare tactic “You always have to seal it and maintain it with special products”.

The reality is this; once or twice a year you spray and wipe with “sealer” which is as difficult to apply as Windex (not very hard to do). Some stones never need to be resealed, ask your fabricator if your stone choice is porous or dense and your stone supplier will advise you as to what and how to apply. Once or twice a year is a worst case scenario for resealing frequency.

The upside of quartz is that it is consistent. It has no fissures, no veins, and very limited inclusions. It handles heat well and never needs to be sealed. Most manufacturers of quartz offer a warranty. If you like consistent coloring and look then quartz countertops make an excellent choice. Many of the manufacturers are offering colors that are getting much closer to a natural stone look without the downside. Quartz is very hard, therefore scratch resistant. It like granite can scratch and chip. It is my opinion that quartz is less scratch resistant, but is more prone to chipping. The very hardness that makes it more scratch resistant does make it more brittle and prone to chipping. Conversely, granite chips can be repaired more easily than quartz.

 

 

Quartz for Easy Care and Maintenance
Learning how to clean quartz surface countertops takes no time at all — thanks to the stain-resistant qualities in this remarkable material. Quartz is a tough, non-porous, chemically resistant, high-performance surface that elevates residential kitchen aesthetics with the natural beauty of quartz.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops — Routine Care

Just Use Water and a Paper Towel
With simple, care, Quartz surface will retain its radiant, lustrous appearance for many years. For routine cleaning, simply wipe down your countertop with a damp cloth or paper towel and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive cleanser.

Clean Up Spills Right Away — Before They Can Dry
Even though Quartz resists permanent staining when exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda) or fruits and vegetables, you’ll want to wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible.

For stubborn or dried spills, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad such as a white 3M Scotch-Brite®* scrub pad coupled with Formula 409® Glass & Surface Cleaner** or a comparable cleaning product.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops — Essential Gear

Cutting Boards and Trivets
Quartz surfaces are heat and scratch resistant, but not heat and scratch proof. Use trivets or pads with hot pots, and always use a cutting board. Never chop or slice food directly on your quartz countertops.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops — What Not to Use

No Wax or Polish Necessary
Because it is non-porous, Quartz surface does not require sealants or waxes. Quartz keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing.

Do Not Use Bleach
Avoid using cleansers that contain bleach. Always follow the cleaner manufacturer's use instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any cleaning products.

Avoid High-pH Cleaners
While casual exposure to alkaline materials will not damage Quartz surfaces, highly alkaline (high-pH) cleansers are not recommended.

Heat Damage Prevention
To maintain the beauty of Quartz, do not place hot skillets or roasting pans directly onto the surface.

Dealing with More Difficult Spills and Materials
Materials that harden as they dry (such as gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint) are especially tenacious. Remove these by gently scraping away the excess with a plastic putty knife.

Permanent Markers
Keep permanent markers and inks away from your quartz countertops. Should these agents come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined above in Routine Care. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with Goo Gone®**, or a comparable product, and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.

Keep Solvents and Powerful Chemicals Off the Counter
Avoid exposing Quartz surfaces to strong chemicals and solvents, especially paint removers or furniture strippers containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride. Keep nail polish remover, bleach, bluing, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps away from Quartz.

Removing Cooking Grease
When grease from cooking is an issue, use Greased Lightning™**, or a comparable degreasing product, to help loosen and remove the grease from the surface. Follow the cleaner manufacturer’s instructions for use.

 

Learn about all of the latest industry news as well as news about our company. This blog/news section is one of the best places to find out about what we are learning in the natural and engineered stone industry as well as what we are up to as a company.

We believe in offering transparency to our customers and this means regularly updating this section with all the latest deals and discounts that you can find as well as some of the new facts that we are learning about our products. We will be posting offers as well as helpful posts on maintenance, design tips and more so be sure to check back often.

Why Black Galaxy Marble and Granite?

Black Galaxy Marble and Granite a full service stone contractor specializing in fabrication and installation of marble, granite, natural stone, quartz and tile.

Our clients include general contractors, builders, architects, interior designers, and homeowners who need the highest quality installations of unique and beautiful natural stone products. 

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