There are many surfaces that could qualify as great options for worktops, but, whether quartz is the best kitchen worktop for your purposes depends on how you use it! What is suitable for one may not be suitable for another. Perhaps worktops needs higher heat resistance or less likely to stain due to troublesome cooking ingredients like turmeric. There are pros and cons with all materials and after some research you must settle with the kitchen surface that resonates with you.
Quartz worktops are engineered to have all round resistances resulting in extremely strong, hard and durable, resistant surfaces that should, if maintained with care, last for years. An essential aspect in deciding on which worktop is ideal for your purposes, should consider the resistances that each has to offer, according to the design and use. As quartz surface materials range from 85% - 93% natural quartz content, perfect resistances are provided. The remaining 7% - 15% is mainly of pigments and resins used for binding, they also provide additional benefits such as colour consistency and sealing the quartz material, so you never need to periodical seal the surface like natural materials.
Resistances provide an element of 'resistance' and must not be deemed as being totally impervious. All surfaces including quartz, have pros and cons in regards to the resistances each presents, so, the descriptive content below regarding each resistance type should not be taken as an intention to dissuade you from selecting quartz tops. But rather to provide important information regarding what 'could' occur if the correct care is not taken.
Extremely hard and durable due to its density and high quartz content, quartz worktops are scratch resistant. Quartz surfaces 85% - 93% mineral quartz content, is 7 on the Mohs mineral hardness scale of 1 - 10 (earths hardest mineral 'diamond' = 10). Scratch marks become apparent when scraping objects harder or equal to surfaces. Similarly, scratch marks may become apparent when scraping objects that are less hard or dense, using force. Despite 7 - 15% polymer resins blended evenly throughout mixture during manufacture are most likely scratch-able aspect. A perfect contender for quartz as best worktop choice, being scratch resistant. All materials can be scratched without care - so scratch chopping boards instead when preparing food!
Quartz worktops are both heat and thermal resistant... but only to a degree (no pun intended!). Consider the content of quartz surface being in 2 parts, 'quartz' and 'resin'. The 7 to 15% polymer resins, although, mixed evenly throughout quartz surfaces, is most likely to yellow (dis-colour) when hot items are placed directly on the surface. There is also the risk of thermal shock (the transferred hot or cold energy in a localised part of the stone when suddenly reversed). Just like all other stone worktop surfaces, we strongly recommend the use of trivets to disperse heat or a heat resistant kitchen mat to prevent any risk of damage.
Trivets are the best choice Worktop protector that can come in all shapes and designs, chosen correctly; it can compliment kitchen decor. Trivets will provide additional heat resistance by reducing the transfer of heat through dissipation. Keeping it easily accessible near hobs and microwaves, it will be an essential asset on your worktop.
Heat-resistant mats help protect your quartz worktop surface. Another choice for heat protection are heat-resistant silicone mats. Silicone mats are slip-resistant, easy to clean, roll, and store away; as long as you keep it near your oven or microwave for ease of use. For smaller kitchens, this option would be the best choice for your quartz worktop.
Quartz surfaces are relatively stain resistant, especially if appropriate avoidance of acidic and alkaline substances is maintained. Acidic chemicals, foods, and improper use are the largest causes of worktop staining. Avoid using strong cleaning chemicals in everyday use, especially on bacterial resistant worktops! Using abrasives or harsh chemicals, most likely, will create larger irreversible issues. It is important to make use of chopping boards habitual, by using chopping boards for food preparation, your quartz worktop will be protected from stains and maintain its already bacterial and stain resistant coating. In the eventuality that something, somehow did get on your worktop, no matter which material you choose, acting promptly, starting with warm soapy water, gently wipe it away. If it persists, use lemon or vinegar dilute and leave several minutes before wiping away. If stain persists, repeating process adding some bicarbonate soda to the solution and delaying wipe away time incrementally.
We live in a time where theories threaten common sense approaches to health, where synthetic cleaning chemicals remove all living microbes, patiently await to toxify foods during preparation. We must re-educate ourselves that living microbes are essential to life; that our bodies naturally discard unwanted toxins. Tuck away chemicals for better health, worktop surfaces will be safeguarded against microbe-killing, toxic chemicals. As quartz worktop materials are so highly polished, sealed by the polymer resins and with a high density of quartz, they are already bacterial resistant, and all that is required to clean them is warm soapy water. An easy-to-clean, bacterial resistant surface made from quartz is amongst many reasons why quartz maybe a good worktop choice.
Internally, quartz worktops exhibit perfect resistance from ultraviolet rays. Externally, however, ultraviolet Class B (UVB) will dis-colour polymer resins within surfaces over time. Lighter colours are susceptible to yellowing; darker colours are likely to fade.
The three ultraviolet rays types emitted from the sun are classified according to wavelength; UltraViolet A , B and, C. UVC rays are blocked by the Earth's atmosphere. UVB rays are filtered out by ordinary glass windows (Emitted UVB rays, especially between April - September in the UK, provide essential Vitamin D). Over 50% of unreflected UVA rays enter through ordinary glass windows, recognised as heat, with negligible effect on resin content in quartz surfaces, and good reason why quartz surface companies provide lengthy warranties.