Quartz countertops are often marketed with numerous claims, such as being stain resistant, waterproof, heat-resistant, and low-maintenance. This makes them an ideal choice for busy households in any room. So are white quartz countertops stain resistant? It’s important to determine if these claims are truly accurate or simply exaggerated hype.
To begin, let’s address a fundamental question: What exactly is a quartz countertop?
A quartz countertop is a man-made surface created by combining natural quartz crystals with minerals, pigments, and resin. It is durable and can mimic the look of natural materials like marble or travertine.
Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz countertops, including white ones, never require sealing to maintain their resistance to moisture, staining, and damage. This is a significant advantage. However, like other countertop materials, stain-resistant quartz countertops are not indestructible.
Are white quartz countertops stain-resistant?
The answer is yes, while white quartz countertops are highly resistant to stains, it is important to note that they are not completely stain-proof. The non-porous nature of quartz helps to prevent liquids and substances from penetrating the surface, making it easier to clean and maintain compared to other natural stones.
A white countertop can be spectacular. However, even a white quartz countertop is vulnerable to staining from products such as red wine, juice, tea, coffee, tomato sauce, and more if it’s not cleaned up right away. In such cases, the staining liquid is not absorbed by the quartz countertop surface.
Staining occurs when the liquid reacts with the resin itself, resulting in a difficult-to-remove discoloration. The good news is that you can easily prevent these stains. Promptly clean up spills and use protective surfaces like trays, trivets, and cutting boards.
Another cause of staining, particularly on white quartz countertops, is improper cleaning. It’s true – certain chemicals intended to sanitize and clean the kitchen can actually make it appear dirty. Avoid using solvents containing chemicals like paint thinners, detergent, or oil soaps. Additionally, refrain from using cleansers that contain bleach.
Tips to Ensure Longevity and Beauty of your White Quartz Countertops
To ensure the longevity and beauty of your white quartz countertops, it is recommended to quickly wipe up any spills or stains with a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth.
For regular cleaning, we recommend using lukewarm water and a gentle soap or detergent on a paper towel or soft cloth. If a deeper clean is necessary, you can use a non-abrasive and non-bleach household cleaner. Remember to rinse with lukewarm water and dry immediately with a clean cloth or paper towel. In conclusion, proper cleaning and maintenance will help keep your quartz countertops looking their best.
Find out about the Care and Maintenance of Quartz Countertops here.
Remember that while white quartz countertops offer durability and stain resistance, it is always best to practice caution and common sense when handling potentially staining substances. With proper care and maintenance, your white quartz countertops can continue to radiate elegance and sophistication in your kitchen or bathroom space.
Polarstone® surfaces are designed to last—and since they are hard and non-porous. They’re very easy to clean and maintain, requiring no sealing or polishing.
Polarstone has white quartz countertop options, check out Polarstone’s collection here.