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Is Quartz Good for Bathroom Countertops? Top Pros & Cons

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Quartz is an engineered stone, made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. The fact that quartz is a man-made product means that it can be altered to have improved characteristics than natural stones. This also means that the colour of quartz can be modified with pigments in order to have more unusual colours that can’t be found in nature.

Quartz is very often used for kitchen countertops, but it can be also used in bathrooms. Continue reading to find out about the advantages and disadvantages of quartz bathroom countertops.

Pros

Non-porous
Quartz has a non-porous surface that doesn’t allow bacterial or viral growth, which is of importance in the bathroom.

Longevity
Quartz is very durable and with proper maintenance will last you a lifetime. We offer a 10-year warranty on all of our quartz slabs.

Low maintenance
To clean quartz countertops, all you need is water and soap. It is important to add that quartz does not need the seal.

Durability
Quartz resists cracking, chipping and scratching very well.

The versatility of styles and colours
Quartz bathroom worktops come in a variety of colours, making it easier to fit in your bathroom. You can choose the options with veining that imitates natural stones or go with the solid colour.

Cons

Not heatproof
Sudden changes in temperature can damage quartz countertops, like putting away a still hot hair dryer on your bathroom countertop. Avoid those situations by using a mat.

Chemical Sensitivity
Cleaning agents that contain bleach and acid can damage the surface of quartz countertop and ware of its shine. Instead, use soap and water for cleaning.

Not stain proof
Although quartz is stain resistant, it is not stain proof. Some liquids, like nail polish, can stain your bathroom countertop if not removed on time.

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The veining in quartz often looks symmetrical and generic, because normally quartz doesn’t have veining. When compared to natural stones, where each vein is unique and different from the other, quartz veining looks uninformed.

Quartz is a good option for bathroom countertops; it holds great against at the time, it is very easy to clean and maintain. It can fit easily in any bathroom style because it has the widest colour range of all countertop materials. It is highly hygienic and it will not scratch or crack easily. On the other hand, you should be aware that it is sensitive to harsh cleaners and that it can be damaged by high temperature.

At Classic Quartz Stone we sell the highest quality quartz slabs at competitive prices. We have numerous options to choose from: marble imitation, solid colours or even the options with leather finishes. We are sure that you can find the style that will fit your needs, whether you are remodelling a residential or commercial bathroom. For more information about our quartz stone range, please contact us.

Best Tips to Clean Porcelain Floor Tiles

Best Ways to Clean Porcelain Worktops & Countertops

Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile, made of fine and dense clay and it is produced on very high temperatures. That makes porcelain tiles tough, scratch and stain resistant.

Porcelain tiles can be used anywhere you want a good looking surface with excellent performances. The most often use is for flooring, but it can be also used as shower and bathroom walls, even kitchen countertops.

Porcelain floor tiles require very low maintenance; the porcelain surface absorbs very little moisture, which prevents the spills from penetrating into the material and staining. Porcelain can have a polished or matte finish. There are no differences in the cleaning process of both finishes. Continue reading to find out about the best tips to clean porcelain floor tiles.

Cleaning porcelain tiles

Removing dust

To remove the dust from the floor, sweep the floor with a dust or microfiber mob. Pay special attention to sweep the corners, where the dust is collected the most. Try to remove as much surface dust as you can before moving on to deeper cleaning.READ MORE

8 Facts about Quartz Worktops You Need To Know Now

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Quartz has become for the past several years one of the main options for kitchen and bathroom worktops. The fact that it can have the appearance of marble, but with improved characteristics, has made quartz one of the most sought-out solutions for kitchens and bathrooms.

Thinking about quartz worktops for kitchen or bathroom? Here is what you should know about quartz before ordering.

1. Quartz is a man-made product

Quartz is an engineered stone, a combination of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. This means that quartz can be composed to have characteristics that natural stones don’t have. Because of this colour options with quartz are countlessREAD MORE

20 Popular Quartz Stone Colours for Work Surface

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Quartz is an engineered product that can be composed to have the appearance of other natural stones, like marble and granite. Quartz has the most versatile range of colours, patterns and finishes out of all materials used for work surfaces. It can have veining like marble or granulation like granite, or it can have a solid surface. The finishes can be matte and glossy.

We are picking up the top choices of quartz stone styles and colours, to help you decide which one is for you.

1. Café
Café is a warm-toned brown with a solid surface. It is part of the Classic range.READ MORE

10 Tips & Tricks for Quartz Stone Maintenance

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Natural stone is always a trend, but when it comes to maintaining and cleaning, it can give you hard times. Therefore, manufacturers have developed composite materials, to improve the overall quality of the product. One of these products is quartz.
Here are the best tricks on how to maintain your quartz slabs that will make your everyday life easier.

Cleaning routine

For day to day cleaning, quartz is easy to clean. Daily clean up is easily handled, with just soap, water and a soft rag. Mild detergent can be used too. Wipe the slabs once a day, if possible.

Deep cleaning
Occasionally, use a glass cleaner for deep cleaning. Spray the cleaner on your quartz slabs, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse it off with a wet cloth.

Wipe up spills as soon as possible
To avoid stains, clean the spills with hot water and soap as soon as possible. Pay special attention to wipe up spilt coffee, wine and tea immediately, because these liquids can leave a permanent stain on the slabs.

Removing tough stains
Use an adhesive remover to clean up the stains. Pour a bit of cleaner on the stain, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Splash the cleaner on a cloth, and gently remove the stain. Once the stain is removed, clean the slabs well with warm water. Your slabs should be as good as new if you follow these steps.

Use a cutting board
Although quartz is highly scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof. Using a cutting board will also prevent unnecessary scratches, but also avoid dulling the knives.

Use a mat
Quartz can resist temperatures up to 150°C, but it can be damaged by quick temperature changes. Never place a hot pot directly on the surface; place it on the mat or trivet. We recommend placing a hot pad or trivet under electric skillets, toaster and other electric devices.

Avoid excessive force
Dropping heavy object out of hand can chip and fracture quartz slabs.

Avoid harsh cleaners
Highly acidic and alkaline cleaners can damage the surface of the quartz slabs. Cleansers to avoid are oven cleaner, bleach, drain cleaners, dishwasher rinsing agents, trichloroethane or methylene chloride. If any of these comes in contact with your quartz slabs, rinse the surface with water, which will neutralize the effect of harsh cleansers.

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Use a putty knife to remove hardened spills or buildup. Use a wet cloth to remove any marks of the residue.

Removing grease
Use a degreasing cleanser that does not contain bleach. Spray your slabs with degreasing cleanser and rinse off with a wet rag.

Proper maintenance and cleaning can help prolong the replacement life of the quartz countertop. Following these simple steps and tricks will ensure your quartz slabs look as good as new, even after many years. To find out more about our quartz stone range, contact us here.

Pros and Cons for Quartz Stone Shower Walls

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Quartz is an engineered product, containing 93% of natural quartz and 7% of resin and pigment. The fact that it is a man-made product means that it can be arranged to have the appearance of similar natural stones like granite or marble, allowing home designers and homeowners to customize the design. Quartz can give your bathroom a modern vibe while lasting a lifetime. But there are some things to considerate before deciding to go with the quartz shower wall. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of quartz stone shower walls.

Advantages

Contemporary design
Quartz stone shower walls can give your bathroom a very sleek and minimalist design. The fact that it is used by the designers when designing top-notch bathroom hotels speaks for itself. Quartz shower wall will make you feel in your bathroom as in a five-star hotel.

Versatility
One of the best advantages of quartz slabs is that it can look like other materials while keeping the physical advantages of quartz. Quartz comes in various patterns, finishes and colours. Quartz can look like marble, leather or gravel and have various colours from classic white to red. You can choose from the glossy or matte finish. The veining can be fine or distinctive, but can also be without veining. It is really up to you to choose from various options.

Durability
Quartz slabs have a non-porous surface, which means bacteria and germs can’t lodge. Because of the nature of its surface, it is also water resistant. Quartz won’t chip or break easily. With proper maintenance, it will last you a lifetime.

Low maintenance
Quartz slabs are very easy to maintain and clean. Cleaning can be handled with only water and soap. You may occasionally use glass cleaner for deep cleaning.

Disadvantages

More expensive for vertical slabs than horizontal
While the cost of the material remains the same, the installations process of the vertical slabs is a bit harder, therefore more expensive.

Chemical sensibility
Avoid highly acidic or alkaline cleaning agents in your cleaning routine, which can damage the surface of the quartz shower wall. Instead, use water and mild detergent, or soap.

Weight
Quartz weights far more than the traditional bathroom materials like tiles. Although for shower walls the thickest quartz slabs are used (1 cm slab), it is much heavier then tiles. Before installing a quartz shower wall, you need to make sure that the supporting structure can handle it.

Quartz slabs are very popular for a good reason: they give a contemporary look, are very durable and easy to maintain. Quartz shower wall will give your bathroom a polished and extravagant appearance. There are numerous options to choose from to fit everyone’s needs.
To find out more about our quartz stone range, contact us here.

11 Quartz Marble Range Colours for Kitchen Surfaces

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Choosing the perfect colour for quartz kitchen worktop can be a hard process because there are so many options to choose from. We have decided to make your life a bit easier and present to you the top 11 quartz marble range colours for kitchen surfaces.

Vanilla Sky
Vanilla Sky is on the warmer colour palette with a pale yellow veined pattern. It is well combined with dark wood cabinets and darker flooring for a contrast or with a beige colour for harmony. Either way, the vanilla sky is a classic that is easy to combine with.

Calacatta Milan
A classic white leaning on the cool side of the colour palette with distinct veins that make this style recognizable and unique. Pair it with black cabinets, or white with black for detailing and accenting.

Empire
Empire is a very dark grey, almost black with yellowy-grey veins. Perfect colour for the brave and bold ones. Well combined with white oak wood cabinets.

Zivas Marfil
If you like even surfaces without any veins, Zivas Marfil is the right choice for you. It is light grey, which makes it perfect to combine with almost anything.

Palazzo
Palazzo is a darker grey with very pronounced black and yellow veins. It is combined well with light wood colours for cabinets or flooring. Can be used for a kitchen island as an accent.

Olympia
Olympia is a classic cool-toned white with high shine and grey veins. Well paired with any kind of wood.

Statuario Milan
Similar to Calacatta Milan, but the veins of the Statuaro Milan are leaning on the blue side of the colour palette. Combine it similarly to Calacatta Milan.

Verona
Verona is another style that has no veins. It is a mid-toned grey that is combined the best with lighter wood but can also be combined with similar-toned cabinets for a uniformed style.

San Vincente
San Vincente is one of the most popular styles for kitchen worktops and for a good reason. It has very fine, inconspicuous greyish veins.

Calacatta
Another south out style, calacatta is a crisp white with very bold grey veins. Best used as an accent on a kitchen island, but also looks great as an only material used on your kitchen countertops.

Marbre Cararra
Marble Cararra is a great replacement for Calacatta is you don’t like very bold veining. Marbre Cararra veining is blurred and therefore less prominent.

New York
The richest in veining out all of the mentioned. It is dark grey with gold, grey and white veins. Combined well with lighter wood cabinets, like bamboo wood.

Physical advantages of a engineered quartz combined with the appearance of marble will take your kitchen to the next level. The durability of quartz and the elegance of marble make a great combination.

Have you already decided which style you like the most? If the answer is yes, contact us now!

10 Benefits of Installing Engineered Quartz Countertops

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Granite has ruled the kitchen design scene for years, but it is now time for quartz. But why is quartz becoming so popular and what are the benefits of quartz worktops and countertops compared to other materials? Continue reading to find out.

1. Easy to Maintain
Quartz countertop does not need sealing or waxing, which means it requires less maintenance than other countertop materials. Cleaning is easy to handle with soap and water. Stains are easier to remove and you don’t have to worry about scrubbing.

2. Quartz is Very Durable
Engineered quartz countertops are made up of 90% quartz and 10% resin and colour pigment. High per cent of quartz makes the product very durable and hard. Quartz is resistant to scratches and chips, therefore a quartz countertop will last you for many years without any change in its appearance.

3. Quartz is a Non-porous Material
The surface of a quartz countertop is smooth and non-porous and because of that, it is more resistant to stains then the porous materials. Also, bacteria or germs can’t lodge into your countertop. The even surface makes it easier to clean the countertop too.

4. Variety of Colours
Quartz is a man-made material, which means it can be engineered to have the desired colour. Matching your home décor is easy with quartz, as you can get anything from vanilla sky to red.

5. Variety in Styles
Quartz can be also engineered to have desired style or finish. You can choose from the matte or glossy finish. Styles can range from marble to leather, depending on your needs and desires.

6. Long-term Investment
Because of the durability of the material, you will only need to replace it if you have the specific wish for a change. Otherwise, quartz countertop will last you for ages.

7. Less Expensive than Granite or Marble
Quartz slabs are generally cheaper than granite or marble, but also require less maintenance. This means not only you will save for the project, but for the upcoming expenses of the maintenance also.

8. Uniform in Look
Natural materials can have a texture or colour variation. This is not the case with quartz- because it is manufactured, quartz countertops can have even surface in colour and texture, if required.

9. Can be used in a Variety of Options
Quartz slabs can be also used for shower walls, backsplashes or floors. If you like a uniform look to your home, it is good to know that there are other options for using quartz slabs.

10. It is Environmentally Friendly
Natural quartz is exploited from earth, features a longer replacement life and can even be recycled.

It’s no wonder that quartz countertops are becoming very popular. Mentioned benefits make easy to see why quartz is so convenient for home designer and homeowners looking for a new countertop.

Need more information about our wholesale quartz stone range? Please feel free to contact us anytime.

8 Advantages of Classic Quartz Stone for Wall & Floor Tiles

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Quartz tiles are one of the most popular materials to use around a home during renovations, because it offers a long list of benefits. During this overview we will discuss some of the great benefits that Quartz tiles have to offer your home when being used for flooring and walls. Check out our wide range of colours including Quartz Marble Range, Classic Quartz Range, Premier Range & Quartz Leather Finish Range!

Why Choose Quartz Tiles?

As briefly touched on, Quartz tiles have an amazing list of advantages to offer every homeowner. Quartz is one of the easiest to maintain materials that are available on the market and this is because they have been man made to be a non-porous stone.

Unlike natural stones such as Marble, your Quartz tiles will never need to be regularly resealed or have any regular treatments at all, which results in a superb condition for your tiles that is much easier and cost effective.

As Quartz stone is a non-porous stone, your daily cleaning routine has just been made easier as absolutely no spillages will soak into the surface.

This further means that Quartz has great stain resistant properties; so, if you ever accidentally spill something onto the surface then it will remain on top of the stone waiting to be cleaned away. All you have to do is wipe away with a clean, damp cloth as soon as possible to help ensure there is no staining.

Quartz tiles are also one of the best for people who are on a budget. Not only will Quartz be cheaper for the initial purchase, it is also cost effective throughout its lifetime too. As we said before, you will not have to spend out any additional cost for resealing treatments as it is just not needed.

As long as you take care of your Quartz tiles properly, there is absolutely no reason why they would not last you a lifetime.

Lastly, Quartz tiles are very durable and can withstand high amounts of traffic which makes it perfect for being used as flooring; especially for family homes. The material you use for wall and flooring applications will need to be able to cope with heavy objects, running, stomping and much more.

Quartz Stone vs Porcelain Slabs – All You Need to Know

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When a homeowner makes the decision to renovate their home, one of the toughest decisions is deciding on the material you would prefer and would suit your home. There are many materials out there that have a very similar list of pros and cons, which make it often harder to make the decision.

Whether you are making the decision based on how durable the surface is or what is available to you in terms of colours and finishes or how easy the surface is to maintain, everyone has their personal lists to tick off that are important to them.
We will cover two of the most popular surfaces on the market at the moment; Quartz and Porcelain slabs, to see discuss the good and bad points of both.

Porcelain

Porcelain is one of the only surfaces out there that comes with a lengthy list of advantages and not many downfalls at all, which is superb for homeowners. Porcelain comes in a huge range of colours, patterns and finishes to suit absolutely every type of style.
Regardless of which colour you are looking for, you are sure to find the perfect one for you and your individual style.

One of the great benefits to Porcelain is that it is able to be made to look a lot like natural stones such as marble in terms of veining, which is a huge plus for homeowners. If the natural appearance is something that you are looking to achieve, the Porcelain may be ideal for you.

When it comes to creating surfaces such as kitchen islands, Porcelain is absolutely perfect as it is available in large slab sizes. There is often no need to fuse together multiple slabs, which makes it perfect for that seamless look.
Porcelain is also perfect for being installed in direct sunlight as it will never fade while in the sun, meaning that you can place it whether you wish without worry.

One of the most important things to consider with any material is how stain resistant it is. If you spill food, make up or anything that is likely to stain, Porcelain is one of your best bets. As well as being scratch resistant, you will never worry about spilling or skimming the surface with any product or item.

However, Porcelain does not come without its cons either. Porcelain can chip, crack and damage over its lifetime if you are not careful. The risk the damage may be small and much less than when compared to natural stones, there is still a risk that is high enough to worry about.

Quartz

Quartz stone is one of the best contenders when thinking about which material to use within your home. Quartz is very well known for being low maintenance and it is a dream for homeowners. Unlike natural stones, Quartz will never need to be sealed or treated regularly making it easy to maintain and remaining cost effective. Quartz is also a non-porous material which means that cleaning is made so much easier.
Just like Porcelain, Quartz is great when it comes to being stain resistant too. You will never have to worry about spillages or dropping food that could potentially stain, as it will simply remain on the surface to be cleaned away.

Quartz is also one of the best budget friendly options out there on the market too. Not only is the cost lower for the initial purchase, but it is also cheaper long-term as there are no commitments to treatments. The zero maintenance makes it so worth while.

Lastly, Quartz is also durable and hard wearing which makes it great for being work surfaces and flooring in high traffic areas. As long as you take proper care of Quartz, it will last many years.