Do Quartzite Countertops need to be Sealed?
What’s the difference between Quartz and Quartzite?
Quartzite countertops are quite the rage these days. Quartzite is a natural stone and has very beautiful veining and coloration. It is quite expensive lately (late 2020) compared to decades ago due to its popularity. I came across an informative article HERE comparing the two surfaces.
Quartz is also very popular primarily because it is very easy to maintain, is highly scratch resistant, and many versions (varies by manufacturer) are highly stain resistant. Less expensive brands of Quartz can be more porous and MUST be sealed.
Quartzite really needs to be Sealed
Quartzite being a natural stone really needs to be sealed. Depending on the color, lighter colors are more porous, and darker colors are less porous. Ideally, all quartzite really should be sealed with a quality penetrating sealer/impregnator.
How to tell if your Quartzite is porous?
The best way to determine if your Quartzite (or any stone) needs to be sealed is to perform a water-test. It is very easy…simply pour one teaspoon of water on your countertop. Allow it to sit on your counter for 15-20 minutes. If it dries up within 15-20 minutes then you MUST seal the stone.
If after the water has sat on the stone for a period of time, blot up the water with a towel, then wait for 5 minutes. If you see a darker spot on the stone where the water puddle was, then you really should seal your stone.
If after blotting up the water, and the stone does not show any signs of absorbing or darkness, then you really don’t need to seal your stone.
How to Care for Quartzite
Quartzite just like all natural stone needs to be cared for to protect it and keep it looking fantastic. All natural stone should be maintained using a pH Neutral cleaner. There are many different brands on the market, and you can find many options at your local box store or hardware store. Lately, you can even find several products in the cleaning products section at your local grocery store. In general, we do not recommend the lower cost brands, and we particularly careful with products that claim to “clean and protect”. These types of products often build up, and over time can make the appearance of polished countertops to be dull and smudge easily.
Recommended Products for Quartzite
- Daily Maintenance Spray Cleaner
- Concentrated Maintenance Cleaner for Quartzite and Stone
- Combo Kit for Maintaining all Natural Stone (w/spray bottle)
- Invisible Impregnating Sealer for Quartzite and Stone
- Color Enhancing Impregnator with Stain Protection for Stone