What is quartzite?
Quartzite is a natural stone with a sophisticated good look combined with crystalline sparkle, earth-toned colors, and stylish appearance. Quartzite has become a stylish material to use, with its soft veins and exotic color options. This type of stone consists of a larger volume of quartz than granite; under heat and pressure combined, quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz, and with the amount of pressure undergone, empty grains of sandstone are stuffed with quartz. This means that quartzites are actually harder than granite!
Unfortunately, many stones out there are mislabeled. The most commonly mislabeled material is Super White, often called Super White Quartzite. Super White is actually dolomite - AKA a very hard marble. Imagine installing a material you believe to be quartzite, and within weeks the true nature of the material shows itself by revealing an etch mark or stain. If you are not expecting this to happen, it can be quite frustrating.
Venezia Marble tests all their quartzites with acid, ensuring that they are true quartzites. We are happy to help you identify questionable materials you may find!
Details about its resistance
SCRATCH RESISTANCE: Quartzite is not easily susceptible to scratches. It will take daily wear and tear very well!
STAIN RESISTANCE: A true quartzite WILL NOT etch like marble can. Porosity can vary with different kinds of quartzites, so it is important to go over porosity concerns with your project professional. Typically, properly sealing your quartzite will help with porosity concerns.
HEAT RESISTANCE: Use in the kitchen is idea because quartzite can tolerate very high temperatures without damaging, but it is always recommended that you use a trivet when putting hot items directly on the surface.
MAINTENANCE: It is recommended that you seal your quartzite countertops yearly (or follow factory instructions on the sealer you use) to prevent liquid absorption.
Cleaning is easy, a simple wipe with soapy water is the best way to clean your quartzite, or use a cleaner that is designed for natural stone. Avoid cleaners with ammonia or citrus on natural stone.
WEATHER/UV RESISTANCE: Quartzite is a great option for outdoor applications. Being exposed to the elements, it is likely that signs of wear & tear will appear faster. It is important to keep up with a sealer to prevent your countertop from absorbing moisture. It is recommended that you keep a cover over your outdoor countertop while not in use, and a shelter structure over your countertop is ideal.
How do I take care of quartzite?
Care of quartzite involves only periodic washing with clean water and neutral detergent soap. Rinse, removing all traces of soap and apply the sealer, at least 1 time per year.
All the educational information from this page was extracted from one of our wholesaler's website:
Elemar New England