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Are Quartz Countertops Safe?

Quartz has become the up-and-coming rage lately for both kitchens and bathrooms, which brings to mind the question, are quartz countertops safe?

Fortunately, quartz is one of the safest materials that can be used in either of these rooms in terms of a countertop. The pores in these types of counters are tight and very small, which not only helps to resist stains but also helps to keep viruses and bacteria out of the countertop as well.

Germs, bacteria and viruses need a place to hide where they can’t be reached by a regular scrubbing in order to multiply. Read the reviews and you see that you won’t be giving these little guys anyplace to call home and breed. You’ll end up with a countertop that not only looks spotlessly clean but actually is!

How they can protect you and your family?

When it comes to protecting you and your family against the day-to-day germs and bacteria that can collect on the average kitchen counter they certainly are. Being nonporous in nature, they do not absorb liquids or dirt of any kind. When you wipe along the countertop you’ll be sure to collect all of the dirt and debris and you’ll know for certain that you haven’t left any behind collecting in the top of the counter.

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When it comes to bathrooms, quartz composite countertops should also be your first choice for a countertop. Bathrooms are known to be breeding grounds for mildew, mold and bacteria due to their warmth and moisture. The smooth surface does not offer any type of breeding environment for mold or mildew and is easy to keep clean.

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Theys are a breeze to clean up and only require a simple wipe down with soap and water. You should never use bleach or any other type of abrasive or harsh cleansers to wash them and any heavy-duty chemicals should be avoided as well. All major manufacturers like Caesarstone and Silestone are super easy to clean.

Heat and stain resistant

Quartz countertops are stain and heat resistant, which makes them safe to use in the kitchen. It is recommended that you use a hot pad or trivet to protect the counter from excessive heat and make sure that any spills and messes get cleaned up immediately

Brands: Caesarstone, Hanstone, Zodiaq, Silestone, and Ikea

Consumer Reports has listed them as the number one recommended countertop with granite coming in second. They are safe to use, require no maintenance and are fast and easy to clean. When you bundle it all together, what more could you really expect from a countertop?

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  • John November 5, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Peter, thanks a lot for this info about the safety of quartz. Of course we are concerned about safety and want to be sure that our countertop wont harm us.

    • Peter Liang November 6, 2012, 4:19 pm

      Not a problem, John. Glad to be able to clear up some of the confusion.

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