If you are looking for quartz worktops in Welwyn Garden City you can do no better than to hop in the car and come over to Hatfield where you will find us at Marble & Granite on the Great North Road. We produce amazing worktops for your kitchen in both natural stone and quartz which is an engineered stone.
Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world, with a figure of 7.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Only topaz, corundum, and diamond are harder, so quartz is an ideal stone for use in the kitchen where the worktops can be subject to intensive use.
While it is still possible to find natural quartz slabs, most quartz worktops are man-made and contain around 7% resins and pigments. This means that you get all the benefits of a very hard stone coupled with the fact that the worktops do not need sealing as other stones do. The addition of the resins means that our quartz worktops are non-porous which makes them totally resistant to bacteria. Quartz worktops are also chemically inert which means that they will not stain if spills are left on them for a few hours, although it goes without saying that all kitchen spills should be wiped up as soon as possible.
As with all kitchen worktops, although quartz is extremely hard, it is not a good idea to chop foods directly on them and you should not put pans direct from the hob or oven on to them. This is because of the resin content which means that they could burn. Always use a chopping board to chop foods, and a trivet or potholder for hot dishes and pans.
Cleaning quartz worktops is very simple. Don’t use anything such as oily soaps or oven cleaner on quartz surfaces. It is not necessary and will only dull the surface. You shouldn’t use anything such as steel wool or soap pads on quartz, either. The same thing applies.
You should also take care not to drop heavy objects on quartz worktops, such as cast-iron saucepans, because they may cause cracks which can be impossible to repair. Neither should you kneel or stand on the worktop because heavy weight can also cause breakage, especially in areas around sinks and cooker hobs. All of this is really basic common sense. All that quartz worktops need in the way of cleaning is a wipe over with a damp cloth, and a little washing up liquid if something like egg yolk has hardened on the surface.
At Marble & Granite we can produce your quartz worktops in a variety of colours, and they can either be honed or have a polished finish. One of the beauties of quartz is that, because it is man-made, each slab can look exactly the same. This means that where you need more than one slab you get a continuous appearance, whereas with a natural stone – even in the same colour – each slab will be different from the next.
Come over to Hatfield and see the quartz that we have to offer.