If you are embarking on a kitchen re-design, one of the major decisions you will have to make is what material to choose for your kitchen countertops. For many years, granite has been the chosen material – elegant, unique, stylish, durable. However, more recently, people have considered modified quartz has been put forward as a possible alternative. So, in the interests of balance and reference, here at MultiGranite, we decided to look into the matter for ourselves, and bring you the results.
Dealing first with quartz. Agreed, quartz is the hardest mineral after the precious stones and, once combined with resin to form Cimstone Quartz, or Quartz Compac, can function as an extremely tough material for countertops. Such material is heat resistant, non-porous, and hardy against staining and chipping. Quartz worktops can also be more precise at their edges and, as some are quick to claim, cheaper than granite.
However, is the actuality as clear-cut? Let’s push on. Firstly, a little background. Your granite worktop is essentially formed of cooled magma, cut from the very earth in much the same way as the granite used for our impressive civic monuments (anyone recall seeing a quartz monument?) The material is elegant and organic, polished to a smooth finish, with various shades of colour and pattern running through the material.
The reason it is used in monuments is because of its essential durability and hardiness. It won’t scratch easily and it is extremely resistant to heat and, in fact, to all forms of weather. In terms of monuments, it is only really susceptible to student pranks: a carefully placed traffic cone over the head of a once great civic leader somewhat reducing their gravitas.
For all these reasons, granite has become more and more ubiquitous as a material, ultimately moving into the home itself, where it has proved ideal for the practical machinations of the domestic kitchen. However, it remains a natural material, born of the earth, and even though it is incredibly resistant, there are also measures that can be taken to absolutely ensure its pristine condition: it can be sealed, to ensure it remains impervious to liquids; mats might be placed beneath pots and pans to avoid possible marks; a chopping board should be deployed to avoid any possible chips; spills might be wiped up immediately, in case of any stains. Finally (and I’m sure you already do this), clean your granite countertop frequently, with soapy water, to ensure it continues to sparkle.
So, a few simple steps and your granite countertop will last a lifetime. And even then, if there is any spillage or stains (especially from acidic liquids like wine and orange juice), soda crystals, diluted bleach or diluted white vinegar can be used to clean the stain. Stores also now also carry dedicated granite stain removers.
So, there are pros and cons to both materials, certainly, in terms of their use in the kitchen. But in conclusion, the issues raised against granite don’t really stack up, when set against the beauty of having such an elegant material play this key role in your home. Follow these simple cleaning and maintenance guidelines, and you’ll enjoy kitchen worktops that will consistently dazzle and amaze.