Crystal Quartz countertops and slabs are a man made material manufactured from crushed stone and resin. Engineered Crystal quartz blends pulverized quartz or other natural stone aggregates like granite and marble with a polymer resin mix. The percentage varies by manufacturer but is usually around 90 percent ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with eight to 10 percent resins, polymers, and pigments.
The biggest advantage of Crystal quartz countertops is the low maintenance. Because Crystal quartz countertops are a manufactured material, they do not require sealing and are very resistant to staining. Also, being man made, allows for the color and pattern to be very consistent. Although some people prefer the random patterns and color changes that natural stone offers, many want the more uniform scheme that Crystal quartz provides. This also allows for easier matching of seams or later additions where the color consistency of Crystal quartz would be a benefit.
Crystal Quartz is a manufactured product made of crushed quartz and resin. Because of this, Crystal quartz countertops are non-porous and don’t require a sealer. For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses. Cleaning Crystal quartz countertops is easy and can be done with mild dish detergent and water. Use glass or surface cleaner, along with a nonabrasive sponge, to remove stains. Avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on your Crystal quartz countertops to keep them shiny and prevent dulling. Crystal Quartz is a hard surface, but not hard enough to withstand the effects of sharp objects like knives. Make sure to use a cutting board to avoid scratches on your Crystal quartz countertops.
Typically, granite has higher heat resistance than Crystal quartz, granite at around 450 degrees and quartz up to 150 degrees. Crystal Quartz countertops should not be in contact with hot objects for long periods as it could stain or discolor the surface. Crystal Quartz countertops are heat and scorch resistant but you should take care to not set hot cookware directly on the surface. Always use a hot pad to protect your Crystal quartz from scorching.