A quartz agglomerate is a set of powders, consisting of 94% silica sand and natural quartz and the remainder of resins. This is a completely innovative material thanks to the perfect combination of durable materials. It is the third material in the world that offers exceptional hardness and resistance.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
A quartz agglomerate top brings numerous benefits such as: high resistance against stains and scratches, as well as low liquid absorption, resistance to abrasion, impact and common household acids, and a wide range of colours and formats.
ARE RESINS CONTAINED IN QUARTZ TOPS HARMFUL TO HEALTH?
Not at all. Because of its non-absorbent properties, quartz agglomerate is perfectly hygienic and prevents the proliferation of germs and bacteria on its surface; in fact, it is particularly suitable for areas where food is prepared.
CAN HEAT SPOIL A QUARTZ TOP?
For sure! Although the material can withstand high temperatures, it is advisable to protect it with pot stands/mats to avoid direct contact with surfaces when removed from the hob or oven. In fact, direct contact with flames or overheated items may cause permanent marks, due to heating of the resin, or lead to cracks caused by high thermal shocks. It is always advisable, therefore, to use a pot stand/mat before placing dishes on the worktop.
IS A QUARTZ TOP HYGIENIC?
Absolutely! The absence of pores impedes the proliferation of bacteria, and its compact structure guarantees its impermeable and hygienic properties. This feature distinguishes quartz agglomerate from natural stones such as marble and granite.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE IS A QUARTZ TOP FRAGILE?
First of all, you must check that the top has been fitted correctly and that the bases on which it rests have been assembled perfectly level, because, if not, any heavy items such as grocery bags or stacks of plates, for example, can cause slight sagging, which may lead to small lesions or cracks, particularly near the holes. Even though quartz absorbs much less than other natural stones, it is however advisable to clean the surface when stains are fresh. For more “natural” cleaning, quartz should be cleaned by rubbing the surface with a simple paste made from washing-up liquid and bicarbonate, followed by rinsing. In this way the worktop surface is degreased, cleaned and protected from limescale deposits.
Even if quartz is a resistant material, it does not tolerate contact with aggressive cleaning agents containing chlorine or ammonia and descaling agents. For more thorough descaling, we suggest using a glass filled with water, vinegar and a tablespoon of washing-up liquid, at least once a month, to wipe the surface. Rinse thoroughly straight after. However, the most important recommendation is not to put boiling hot pans directly on the surface straight from the oven or hob. This is likely to cause indelible staining. Our advice is always to use appropriate pot stands/mats. Do not use meat mallets directly on the surface because this may crack or break the material.
NATURAL STONE TOP
Natural stones offer an incredible variety of colours and shapes for kitchen worktops. A stone top is a high-quality product, which is rather expensive to produce. Marble and granite are among the most commonly used natural stones.
Marble is the most widely-used natural stone, which has always been popular because of its aesthetic qualities and durability. It is composed of calcite, a mineral that is very easy to smooth and polish. It is a high quality material, available in many different varieties; it is resistant to abrasions and impacts but not to stains and acids, such as lemon juice. For daily cleaning, we recommend you use special products or simply wipe over with a wet cloth using soap and water. Then rinse thoroughly.
Granite is pure nature; each worktop is unique and different. This exclusive and hardy stone is capable of withstanding heat and has a compact, uniform structure with high chemical inertness. Granite comes in virtually countless varieties, and each quarry or brand names the stones differently.
Granite is an extremely resistant stone: unsurprisingly, therefore, it is ranked second on the Mohs scale – which measures the hardness of all types of materials – just behind diamond. This denotes the durability of the product which can optimally withstand the impact of external agents.
The granite worktops of our kitchens all feature high chemical inertness and, therefore, are highly resistant to stains. However, coloured liquids or potentially aggressive liquids such as oil, vinegar, fruit juices and coffee should be removed quickly, as they may stain or dull the surface. The same applies to chemical products used for cleaning.
For daily cleaning requirements, a microfibre cloth and neutral detergents are sufficient. For cleaning stubborn dirt, avoid using detergents containing acidic or anti-limescale substances: use moderately rough steel wool instead.