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Quartz Countertops: Do They Stain?

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Quartz countertops are a popular choice in most modern-day homes and make a great addition to kitchens and bathrooms.

When selecting the type of countertops you want in your house, there are many things to consider. There’s a lot to think about between look, style, function, and durability! Well, there are undoubtedly many great countertop options available today, but one is especially significant because of its stain-resistant qualities: quartz counters.

Continue reading to learn more below.

Quartz Countertops Are Stain-Resistant, Not Stain-Proof

Natural stones, such as marble and granite, are susceptible to stains because they are porous. This means that liquids can penetrate the surfaces of these stones and get stuck forever, resulting in a permanent mark. 

For this reason, natural stones must be sealed regularly. Manufactured stones, like quartz, on the other hand, are made up of approximately 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins (give or take a few percentages), making them essentially non-porous. This engineered countertop does not require sealing and is more resistant to stains because of the resin. 

While the resins in quartz counters make it a great option, it does have some downsides. Some cleaners can cause reactions that may result in discoloration or white or bleached-looking spots. It is best to avoid alkaline cleaners, a solution with high pH, and other acid types. 

On top of being susceptible to reactionary stains, these countertops can also be stained by dried-on substances stuck on your counter’s surfaces. Little bits of wax, lipstick, ink and even crusted food can be difficult to remove and could leave permanent stains.

How to Avoid Quartz Countertop Discoloration and Stains

One of the best ways to avoid stains on your quartz counters is to avoid direct contact with liquid and food as much as possible. Your countertops will look much better and last longer when messes and spills are cleaned up right away and should never be used as cutting boards.

You might find that hard water stains appear in areas that are frequently wet, such as around your sink and faucet. Prevent these stains from occurring by quickly drying your countertops with a clean, dry towel. If you have darker-colored counters, you may find discolored spots when exposed to heat or direct sunlight. Never put your hot cookware directly on countertop surfaces. Instead, use potholders and trivets to prevent these issues from happening.

Interested in Quartz Countertops in Your Property? Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble!

Quartz countertops are a great addition to any home, especially homeowners looking for an attractive yet low-maintenance option.

If you want to add high-quality counters to your home, contact the professionals at Intermountain Stone & Marble. Our skilled team of experts will help you find the perfect slab for your home or business that suits your aesthetic, taste, and budget. Contact us today and let us help you make your quartz, marble, or granite countertop dreams come to life. We proudly serve Salt Lake City, Murray, Taylorsville, and neighboring cities.

Why Quartz Countertops are Perfect for the Busy Homeowner

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Chances are, your life is incredibly busy and hectic, which is the perfect reason to opt for quartz countertops in your home.

Many different types of stone countertops require mega maintenance and care to keep them looking new and pristine. Some options require a regular routine of sealing to avoid stains. Other options are susceptible to rotting if they aren’t maintained properly, while some counters can even peel. With all of these high-maintenance options, it’s easy for the busy homeowner to select quartz countertops for their home. This natural material is durable and is much easier to care for than most other countertop material options. 

Read more below about why quartz counters are perfect for your busy household.

Why Are Quartz Countertops Easy to Care For?

Quartz counters are incredibly hard, making them ideal for countertops in your kitchen and bathrooms and other surfaces in your home. Quartz scores a seven out of ten on the Mohs Hardness Scale, so it is incredibly durable and low maintenance. Here’s more about what makes quartz countertops easy to care for:

Quartz Counters Are Non-Porous — Quartz is non-porous, which means it is solid all the way through — there are no cracks or holes where liquids can pass. Other countertops, like marble, are extremely porous. These small fissures and holes are what make other countertops made of different materials susceptible to stains and are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. Porous countertops require yearly (or more) sealing to avoid these unwanted stains and germs. Quartz counters, on the other hand, do not require sealing because they are non-porous.

Low Maintenance — Outside of their beautiful appearance, the lack of care required for quartz counters is another quality that makes these countertops so appealing. They require virtually no maintenance after general wiping and cleaning. Because they are non-porous and stain-resistant, maintaining quartz countertops is incredibly quick and easy. For your daily cleanings, you can use mild soap, water, and a non-abrasive cloth. 

Durability — Another reason busy homeowners love quartz countertops is that they are durable. Quartz is one of the hardest materials on earth, making it chip and scratch-resistant. You are unlikely to damage your quartz counters with regular use and wear and tear. Keep your counters looking spick and span and ensure their long-lasting beauty by using trivets for your hot pots and pans and cutting boards when chopping food.

Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble

Quartz countertops are the perfect choice for busy homeowners for many reasons, the top of which is their many low-maintenance qualities.

If you are looking to improve the look of your kitchen and bathroom counters and more, contact the experts at Intermountain Stone & Marble. Our team of professionals can help you find high-quality stone counters, like marble, quartz, and granite, at a reasonable price to help you stay within your budget. Give your property the facelift it needs and increase your Salt Lake City, Utah, home’s value with the perfect stone countertops from Intermountain Stone & Marble. Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble to get your free estimate today.

What Makes Quartz Countertops Unique?

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In recent years, quartz countertops have become a popular selection for homeowners and business owners alike. Its elegance, durability, and beauty are some of the reasons why it’s earned an outstanding reputation among other high-end surface materials. 

Keep reading to learn more about this luxurious mineral. 

Information on Quartz

Quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen. It’s the most abundant mineral found on Earth’s surface. Additionally, it has a hardness of 7/10 on the Mohs Scale, which compares the resistances of different minerals. One of the main benefits of quartz is that it’s malleable at any temperature, making it resistant to chemical and mechanical weathering. Furthermore, this mineral is scratch-resistant. 

Since quartz is durable and resistant to abrasions, it makes the perfect countertop surface for your kitchen and bathroom. Explore other reasons why this material is special in today’s blog. 

Quartz Countertops Are Engineered to Last

Quartz countertops are also called engineered stone counters because they’re made of 93% quartz and a mixture of other stones. The other 7% is made of binders that are either plastic-like (polymeric) or cement-based. 

We’ve established quartz is strong, but the reason why engineers mix it with other materials is because enhanced strength is required for the heavy demands of cooking. Furthermore, almost every other type of countertop is mixed with different stones and binders because this makes them last for decades. 

Some manufacturers even add antibacterial substances, such as Microban, to their mixes. These compounds can protect your family from bacteria and make it easier for you to clean your surfaces. Furthermore, these antibacterial properties make it difficult for mold and mildew to grow on your surfaces. 

Quartz Countertops Are Hard to Chip

Finding a chip in your countertops can be upsetting, especially when you consider the time and money you spent on selecting and installing them. Fortunately, when you upgrade to quartz countertops, you might not have to worry about chipping again. 

We’re not saying quartz is indestructible, but compared to rivaling materials, it takes a lot more than a simple knife scratch to chip it. You would have to take a hammer to your countertops to crack it (which we’re not condoning). 

In the unfortunate event your quartz countertops do chip, you won’t have much to worry about because they’re generally repairable. Factors depend on the size and scope of the chip or damage. 

Quartz Countertops Are Tough to Stain

Quartz countertops are non-porous, making them resistant to staining. They can endure oil, coffee, juice, and other common kitchen spills; if you’re a parent to active toddlers, this will go far with you. Spills will sit on top of the surface instead of soaking in, and all you’ll need to do is use soap and a sponge to wipe them off. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about sealing your surfaces every year. 

Renovating? Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble

Quartz countertops are the finishing touch your home needs for an eye-catching, complete design. At Intermountain Stone & Marble, we guarantee you won’t need to spend more than your budget allows to get the classy surfaces you’re looking for. We service the Salt Lake County area. Get in touch with us today for a free estimate. 

Caring for Lighter-Colored Quartz Countertops

When it comes to various home design elements, white can be a terrifying color for some homeowners. Known as the color that shows the most dirt and is most susceptible to stains and other damage, everything from white rugs to white countertops can cause stress for the clean-freaks among us. 

At Intermountain Stone & Marble Company, we’re here to set your mind at ease when it comes to this area of concern and your quartz countertops. White and lighter colored quartz options are some of the most beautiful out there, and we want you to be able to enjoy yours without constantly worrying about the color remaining pristine. With that in mind, here are a few basic care and cleaning do’s and don’ts for lighter-colored quartz countertop products. 

caring lighter quartz countertops


  • Cleaning: Because quartz is an engineered material designed for ease of care, the cleaning process for them is very simple. They can be easily maintained on a regular basis using nothing but a damp sponge or a soft dishcloth, plus some mild dishwashing soap or even just warm water. Simply wipe, rinse, and dry the area for simple messes or small spills. Quartz is a non-porous surface, meaning that any stains that do take place will not penetrate the surface and also won’t harbor dangerous bacteria or germs. 
  • Deeper messes: In some cases, you may have a dried mess or something stuck on your quartz countertop that won’t clean quite as easily. In this case, soak a damp towel over the spot until it loosens and then do some scrubbing. If this doesn’t work, cleansers like Bon Ami are known to be safe for quartz and can be used without impacting its appearance at all. 
  • Enjoy your countertop without resealing or waxing: Because quartz is made only of resin plus natural stone, it never requires resealing or waxing as marble or granite will. This saves you both money and time. 


  • Cleaning: Make sure to avoid all harsher chemicals or abrasive materials when cleaning quartz countertops of any color. These are particularly harmful to lighter surfaces – they can scratch the surface, which shows much more easily on a lighter area than a darker one. 
  • Heat: Protect your quartz surface from heavy heat, such as crockpots or electric cookers that might sit on them. Enough heat may warp your surface. 
  • Cutting: Only chop food on a cutting board – do not use you quartz countertop as a cutting surface, as this can also scratch it and will show easily on lighter surfaces.
  • Items To Avoid: Avoid bleach, nail polish remover, paint remover, a silver polish or any oil-based soaps on the quartz countertop. In addition, don’t let children or anyone else use permanent markers or ink on the surface, as this may stain and will show very easily on a light color.

For more on how to keep white and lighter-colored quartz countertops in great shape, or to learn about any of our kitchen or bathroom remodeling services, speak to the staff at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today. 

General Quartz Countertop Price Ranges

Quartz is on the rise around the country when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertop materials, and we at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company are proud to be a top provider of this material in Utah. Our quartz countertops help you achieve a natural stone look with virtually no maintenance, a huge factor for many busy homeowners who still want their space to look great.

As their popularity continues to grow, we’re regularly asked for price estimates on our quartz materials. This is natural – we understand that our clients need to budget for major remodeling projects like these. At the same time, though, there’s no simple answer we can give you here. Several different important factors play a role in the final cost of your quartz countertop, including some that are completely out of our hands. With that in mind, here are a few of the factors to consider if you’re looking for price ranges.

quartz countertop price ranges

General Ranges

In general, costs for various stone countertop materials will be represented in price per square foot. Of the stones we offer, marble is generally the most expensive, though this can vary based on individual cuts.

Quartz is a high-quality stone with several distinct benefits. In some cases, it’s used to mimic natural stones like granite; but quartz itself is actually higher quality than some of these natural stones, so you might actually pay a bit more. Broadly speaking, you can expect to pay between $60 and $100 per square foot for a premium quartz slab.

Additional Expenses

Now, it’s important to note that virtually any project involving new quartz countertops will also come with other considerations – and these considerations, while totally out of our hands from a pricing standpoint, can play a big role in your final cost.

Consider this circumstance, for instance: You decide that you love the look of our quartz so much that beyond just using it as your countertop material, you also want to run it all the way up your wall as a backsplash. This is both practically and aesthetically beneficial, but it also comes with an increased cost. The same goes for factors like edge treatment or other work done on the slab before it reaches your home.

Installation Costs

Finally, you have to consider your installation costs as part of the overall equation here. Quartz countertops are very heavy and might require reinforcement during installation, similar to other stone types.

How much you pay here will again depend on a few factors, namely the size of the slab and the company or contractor you hire. If you’re hiring a third party contractor, be sure to do your research and ensure they have experience specifically installing quartz countertops. For more on the general price ranges of quartz countertops, or to learn about any of our stone counters, speak to the staff at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today.