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Quartz FAQs

What is Quartz?

Quartz is a crystallised silicon dioxide (SiO2) which is usually white or transparent, although it can be found in other colours if it comes into contact with impurities during its formation. It is found in a pure state or present in other compounds, however, because of its extreme hardness and resistance to acids it is used to make a large variety of products that require precision and top quality performance.

What are Quartz Worktops?

Quartz worktops are an engineered stone made up of around 93 – 95% natural quartz, which make it extraordinarily hard and resilient. This is then mixed with around 4 – 6% resin and 1% of pigment, giving it the uniform and consistent colour that you see available.

Quartz worktops are highly resistant to stains and abrasions and are available in a multitude of colours and finishes.

How do I get a quote?

You will need to provide us with the dimensions of your kitchen and also have an idea of which colour granite you are wanting, to enable us to provide you with a quote. You can either email us your requirements, call us by telephone or visit us in the showroom ( highly recommend the later option). We have a selection of colours available to view on our website or we have a large selection of colours available to view in our showroom.

How do I place an order?

Once a price and colour has been established, we will require a 50% deposit to enable the order to proceed. When your kitchen is ready, we will then need to carry out a template of your kitchen base units or your existing worktops if you are transforming your existing kitchen. If there are any alterations from the original quote we gave you, we will contact you to advise of any cost changes. Once these changes have been advised it then takes approx 7 days to complete the manufacture of your new worktops. The balance of your order is due on the day of installation.

Can I see the Quartz before installation/ordering?

Yes. We have a large variety of samples in our showroom. The Quartz slabs are often stored with the manufactures directly, but if you are wanting to view them you can do so by appointment but it may involve travelling to Manchester or Wakefield.

Do Quartz worktops stain?

Because quartz has a zero porosity, no humidity can penetrate the surface so it will withstand exposure to tea, soda, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and strongly coloured spices. Please avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as paint stripper, neat bleach, oven cleaners, and also, even though quartz will withstand high temperatures, we advise using trivets or mats when placing hot items straight from the oven onto the surface to avoid thermal shock.

Can I use knives on my Quartz?

Yes. Using knives will not damage your Quartz as Quartz is a lot harder than your knife blades, but to protect the integrity and beauty of your new worktops we recommend the use of an appropriate chopping board when using knives or sharp utensils.

Do’s and Do Not’s of cleaning and general maintainence

General cleaning can be done with a damp cloth and a little liquid detergent.

For more stubborn stains we recommend a specific cleaner called Q-Action. Or the household cleaner CIF Original can be used with a soft cloth and rinse thoroughly afterwards.

Do ensure that once you have used any cleaning products on the quartz that you rinse all residues from the quartz surface otherwise this can cause the surface shine to dull.

You Do Not need to re-polish your quartz surfaces, Ever.

As quartz s one of the hardest and most beautiful minerals in the world, to ensure its integrity and beauty we recommend using an appropriate cutting board when using knives or sharp utensils.

Below is some maintenance advise from our two most popular Quartz Suppliers:

Technistone Maintenance Advise

Compac Maintenance Advise

If in doubt, please call us!