Quartz is crystallised silicon dioxide, a naturally found mineral in the earths crust. Its qualities of extreme hardness and resistance to acids makes it beneficial to products that require precision and top-quality performance such as kitchen worktops. Unlike natural stones, quartz slabs have a compact structure with a resin component to bind it. Unlike Natural stones, quartz slabs are non-porous allowing no liquid penetration. This makes quartz surfaces it virtually stain-free and easily cleanable with standard cleaning products
Care & Cleaning
Cleaning quartz is relatively simple needing only a damp cloth and standard kitchen cleaners (we recommend Cif Actifizz). Quartz surfaces will not contain natural fissures in the surface polish and irregularities in the surface markings as it is a manufactured product. There are some tolerances within the manufactures guidelines of acceptable slabs but these are minimal. Click here for more information on cleaning quartz worktops
Quartz surfaces such as Cimsotne, Silestone, Caesarstone, Diresco and Technistone are accredited by a hygiene certificate to be a special surfacing material that does not allow for a favourable environment for bacteria growth owing to its compact structure.
Quartz is highly resistant to the wearing effects of common kitchen elements like vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and wine that may damage natural stones. Quartz maintains its brand new look and clean appearance as on the first day for many years without any need for polishing or sealing, unlike marble or granite. Since natural stones like granite are limited to natural reserves, suppliers cannot always procure the demanded quantity at the desired amount and colour alternatives. Yet quartz can be produced in a rich variety of styles and alternatives, meeting various expectations and needs
How Quartz slabs are made
[columnize]1) Feeding & Mixing
Raw materials are inspected,
then fed into mixers and blended together.
The mixture is then poured into a mold and formed into slab sizes of 306×144 cm or 3250x 1570(depending on manufacturer limitations)
The slab is then compacted by a special vacuum and vibration process at a pressure of 100 tons
The slabs are moved to the curing kiln and heated to 90ºC for 45 minutes which gives them the ultimate strength and solidity.
Slabs are then gauged, calibrated and polished to a perfect finish in a wide range of colors, designs and textures
6) Quality Assurance
Finally, the slabs pass through quality checks and each slab is marked and labeled with all relevant information