Della Terra® Quartz Slabs

General Questions

How to clean quartz countertops?

To clean quartz countertops effectively, use a mild dish soap and warm water to wipe away dirt and spills. Avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbers, opting for a soft cloth or sponge to maintain the surface’s pristine appearance. Connect with one of our tile experts for more information.

What is quartz?

Quartz is a mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms, forming a crystalline structure. It’s one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth’s crust and comes from a variety of sources, including igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Quartz makes for stunning countertops and walls, but it should not be used for flooring.

What is quartz used for?

The unique properties of quartz make it a perfect option for a kitchen or bathroom countertop or an interior wall in your home or business. We do not recommend quartz be used as a flooring option.

Is quartz heat resistant?

Yes, quartz is known for its exceptional heat resistance. Quartz countertops can typically withstand moderate heat levels, but it’s advisable to use trivets or hot pads to protect the surface from prolonged exposure to high temperatures.

How thick is quartz countertop?

Quartz countertops are commonly available in thicknesses ranging from 1.2 to 2 centimeters (0.5 to 0.75 inches) for residential applications. Thicker options, up to 3 centimeters (1.25 inches), are often preferred for added durability and a more substantial aesthetic.

What is the difference between quartz and granite?

The main difference between quartz and granite lies in their composition: quartz countertops are engineered using a mix of natural quartz crystals and resins, while granite is a natural stone formed from cooled magma. Additionally, quartz countertops offer greater consistency in color and pattern, while granite displays unique variations due to its natural formation process.

What is the hardness of quartz?

Quartz is known for its exceptional hardness, ranking 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (a numerical scale that measures the relative resistance of minerals to scratching, ranking them from 1 for the softest and 10 for the hardest). This level of hardness contributes to its durability and resistance to scratching.

Can quartz stain?

Yes, while quartz is generally resistant to stains, certain substances like oils, dyes, and highly pigmented liquids can potentially cause staining. To prevent staining, promptly clean up spills and avoid exposing quartz countertops to substances that could cause discoloration.

Are quartz countertops durable?

Yes, quartz countertops are highly durable due to their composition of natural quartz crystals and resins, making them resistant to scratches, chips, and cracks. They are particularly well-suited for kitchen and bathroom applications where durability and low maintenance are essential.