Agglomerate, quartz, marble... Are they the same thing?!
In a sector, such as furniture, that offers a wide range of materials and finishes for the cooktop, it is normal to be a little bit confused and have some questions about that. Today we try to clarify the quartz tops, a real ally in the kitchen.
CARACTERISTICS OF THE QUARTZ WORKTOP
A quartz agglomerate is a mix of powders, made of siliceous sands and natural quartz for the 94%, the remaining is made of resins. This is a totally innovative material, thanks to the perfect combination of strong materials. It is the third material in the world, that offers extraordinary strength and resistance.
WHAT BENEFITS HAS A QUARTZ WORKTOP?
The benefits, that a quartz worktop offers are numerous: high resistance to stains and scratches, as well as a low liquid absorption, resistance to abrasions, impacts, common domestic acids, a wide availability of colors and models.
ARE THE RESINS OF THE QUARTZ WORKTOP HARMUFL TO THE HEALTH?
Not at all. The quartz agglomerate, being a material that doesn’t absorb, results perfectly hygienic because it prevents the proliferation of microbes and bacteria on the surface; indeed, it is particularly adapt for the food preparation areas.
CAN THE HEAT RUIN A QUARTZ WORKTOP?
Yes, it can! Even though the material can resist to high temperatures, it is recommended to protect it with trivets to avoid the direct contact with the surfaces, which had just retreated from the fire. Indeed, the direct contact with overheated objects or flames, could cause permanent stains due to resins heating or breakings created by the high thermal shock. We recommend using always a trivet for putting the dishes on the worktop.
IS THE QUARTZ AN HYGIENIC MATERIAL FOR THE WORKTOP?
Yes, it is. The absence of pores, that prevents the proliferation of bacteria, and the product structure guarantee its impermeability and, therefore, its hygiene. This characteristic distinguishes the quartz agglomerate from natural stones, like marble and granite.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE: IS THE QUARTZ WORKTOP DELICATE?
First, you should verify that the worktop assembly is executed appropriately and the support bases are assembled perfectly, because, otherwise, any weight like grocery bags or stacks of plates, for example, could cause light sinking, generating small damages or cracks, especially near the holes. About the cleaning, given that the quartz absorbs much less than the natural stones, it is however advisable to clean when the stain is still fresh. For a more “natural” cleaning, you need to clean the quartz just with a paste made of dishwashing liquid and bicarbonate, wiping the surface and then rinsing it. In this way you degrease, clean and avoid (or remove) the possible development of limestone on the worktop.
The quartz, even if it is resistant, doesn’t stand the contact with aggressive detergents based on chlorine or ammonia and anti-limescale products. For a better anti-limescale cleaning we advise, at least once a month, to use a glass filled with water, vinegar and a spoon of dishwashing liquid; wipe the worktop and then rinse. However, the most important recommendation is to not put hot pots directly on the worktop, because it could cause irremediably rings on the top, we advise to use appropriate trivets. Don’t beat directly on the worktop with the meat tenderizer because the blows can crack or break it.