Granite and Quartz Counter Tops – FAQs

We get quite a few questions here at CG Granite about granite and quartz counter tops, and what the differences are between the two. Well, here are some of your top questions, answered by our expert Colm!

Should have you any inquiries at all, feel free to get in touch with Colm here.

Q : What is the difference between granite and quartz?

A : Granite is a natural stone whereas quartz is a man-made stone.

Q : Which stone is more durable as a counter top – granite or quartz?

A : Quartz is a tougher all round stone and has a higher scratch and stain resistance than granite. But granite is still a very solid stone.

Q : Does quartz and granite need to be sealed?

A : Quartz does not need to be sealed. However, the lighter coloured granite need to be sealed as it is more absorbent.

Q : Will red wine and fruits with high acidity stain granite, quartz and marble?

A : Yes, these will stain if left for a long period of time. These stains are actually burns on the stone. The acidity etches into the surface, and this is sometimes confused with staining.

Q : Is marble a suitable surface for a kitchen counter top?

A : No, marble is generally not suitable, as it is more prone to scratches, stains and chips. I recommend checking with the manufacturer if you are interested in a marble top for your kitchen.

Q : How do I clean my new granite, quartz or marble counter top?

A : There are many products out there, but the best option is to use a natural spray without a lemon or acidic nature. One option is Dettol, but warm soapy water will also do. Never use anything like a Cif cream as the grit in the cream removes the sheen over time.

If you want something a little stronger to make your surface gleam, Stone ReJunvenator is a fantastic product, available from C&G Granite (it is a spray).

Do you have questions to ask that are not answered here? Feel free to drop us a message or give us a call. We’ll be happy to help!

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