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QUARTZITE



Quartzite, a form of granite, is a hard metamorphic rock. Made of sandstone, quartzite is altered by heat and pressure in the ground to form quartzite crystals. The sandstone is transformed into a stronger smoother rock. Streaks and patterns appear where various amounts of pressure bear down on the metamorphosed minerals. Quartzite occurs in various shades of pink and red due to varying amounts of iron oxide. Other colors (such as white or gray) are created from impurities, or minor traces of other minerals.

 

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Features

  • Hard, but more porous than granite
  • Great alternative to white marble
  • Can develop a patina, if desired
  • Be sure to use an experienced knowledgeable fabricator
  • Stunningly handsome and high-end
   

Care

  • Clean your counters often.
  • Wipe spills up promptly.
  • Only use a mild pH balanced detergent and a soft cloth.
  • Re-seal your quartzite countertop according to your fabricator’s instructions.
    • Your fabricator will specify the type of sealant and its application.
  • Do not place hot pots and pans directly on quartzite countertops.
    • Use trivets or hot pads to prevent damage to the surface.
  • Do not place corrosive materials (oven and drain cleaners) on your countertops.
  • Use a cutting board to prevent scratching and trivets or hot pads to protect the polished surface.
 

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