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What is the difference between Quartzite and Quartz?

Difference between Quartize and Quartz

Many people have always mistaken about these stones for their dream home. While their names are very similar, there is a huge difference between quartzite and quartz.

The main difference being that quartzite is a natural stone and quartz is an engineered stone or man-made stone.

Quartzite: A sandstone, which under a natural process of heat and pressure fused with sparkly quartz crystals to form quartzite.

Quartz: Engineered with the same quartz crystals found in quartzite, but binds the crystals with resins, pigments and other materials such as glass.

Which is more stain, scratch and heat resistant: quartzite or quartz?

Quartz is a word that pops up often when it comes to kitchen countertop. Since quartz is a synthetic type of material, it is non-porous and therefore, resistant to stains, chipping and scratching. However, it has low resistant to heat due to the polymer that can change shape when in contact to high temperature so you need to be very careful when setting down hot pans on quartz kitchen countertop as it will make your countertop to turn yellow over time.

Quartzite on the other hand, is a fairly hard natural stone, but it is less dense than quartz. However, if quartzite is properly sealed, quartzite is more resistant to stains, scratching and better at heat resistance than quartz, making it the ideal choice of material in the kitchen during those moments where you need to just set your hot pot down directly at your kitchen countertop.

Is quartzite countertop harder to clean than quartz countertops?

No, the cleaning process for both quartz and quartzite is the same. Clean both quartzite and quartz using a soft, wet cloth with regular soap.

Does quartzite or quartz countertop etch?

Both quartzite and quartz are not prone to etching. However, if you cook frequently and want to make sure that your countertops are safe from etching, then you might want to consider quartzite. Quartzite will not etch from acids found in household items such as vinegar and lemon juice. However, both quartzite and granite will react to hydrofluoric acid, which is found in some rust removers. Thankfully, hydrofluoric acid is not a common ingredient in household products.

Natural Stone Surface Maintenance

The natural stone you have in your home, office, or commercial building is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Simple care and maintenance will help preserve your stone’s beauty for generations to come.

Do’s

Don’ts

Protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance Avoid using vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaning products which are acidic on natural stone surfaces
Protect counter top surfaces with coasters under all glasses (particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juice) and trivets or placemats for cooking pots or kettle even thought most natural stones are heat resistant  Avoid using vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the stone surface
Dust mop interior floors or use soft cloth for other surfaces frequently with mild detergent or stone soap (available at hardware store) and thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean water after washing Avoid using abrasive cleaners
Clean up spills immediately with paper towel and clean the area with water or mild detergent. Dry the area thoroughly with soft cloth  Avoid dragging furniture to protect interior flooring
To remove soap scum in bathroom or wet areas, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.  
For outdoor pool, patio, or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss.  

Restoration and maintenance

Natural stone is an investment when it comes to long-lasting beauty. However, stone surfaces may have etches, stained or can become dull over time. If any occurs on your natural stone products, worry no more as Marmo Design offers a professional stone restoration and maintenance services such as floor repolishing, surface repair or stains removal.

With our service, your natural stone in your home will look shiny and brand new again.

Primary Stone Finishes

Polished Finish

A glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and markings of the material. The polished finish is a very popular selection for stone finishing obtained through the repeated application of abrasives upon the marble’s surface, in order to achieve a smooth high-gloss, mirror-like surface.

Through polishing we also reduce the material’s porosity, an important aspect to consider in the case of marble worktops as well as flooring, kitchen backsplashes and wall cladding

A rule of thumb to avoid using polished finishes in area with high foot traffic (i.e. outdoor areas), as its reflective nature is more prone to scratches.

Also, the polish finishes can get extremely slippery, as it does not provide sufficient grip, particularly when it is wet.

Honed Finish

A satin smooth surface with relatively little reflection of light. Honed finishes still involve grinding and sanding but not to the point of a glossy finish. Unlike polished finishes, they are not reflective. The marble surface will remain matt.

Honing creates a more natural look that appeals to those who prefer an aged patina or look that is less formal than a polished finish.

Honed surfaces are best for high-traffic areas such as outdoor flooring or exterior finishes. It may also be used on furniture tops and other surfaces.

Another good reason to choose hones surface is that etching is not noticeable as compared to polished surface.

Flamed Finish

A rough textured surface achieved through high temperatures of a flame or torch. This treatment gives an uneven look with very gentle colorations.

Flamed finishes are highly popular for outdoor use where slip resistance is extremely important. However, it is also ideal for indoor wall cladding too.

Besides that, flame finishes is also very resistant to atmospheric conditions.

The popular selection of natural stone for flamed finish would be granite and occasionally, on limestone stones due to their composition and are extremely hard.

Antique Finish

A rough textured surface achieved through high temperatures of a flame or torch. This treatment gives an uneven look with very gentle colorations.

Flamed finishes are highly popular for outdoor use where slip resistance is extremely important. However, it is also ideal for indoor wall cladding too.

Besides that, flame finishes is also very resistant to atmospheric conditions.

The popular selection of natural stone for flamed finish would be granite and occasionally, on limestone stones due to their composition and are extremely hard.

Bush Hammered

An irregular, non-slip textured surface in stone by using pneumatic hammers to carve the surface. The surface gives an industrial-styled look where it creates a large number of close and small indents.

This finish can help enhance the natural tonal variations in the material and add more interest into a space.

Bush hammered finishes is a popular finishing for granite stones, ideal for high traffic external areas. It also has greater slip resistance than other finishes.