Charcoal Soapstone Quartz kitchen countertop island by Silestone

Suede Quartz: What is it?

Quartz is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its durability, beauty, and uniform movement. Since it is a manmade material created with resins and recycled materials, it is not only customizable but sealed from any bacteria or viruses. This along with its other advantages makes quartz the perfect choice for many.

Quartz is not only modern and beautiful but can be customized with a large variety of finishes. These finishes include polished, honed, concrete, rough, volcano, and suede. Suede or matte quartz is gaining popularity with design trends focusing on incorporating organic features and finishes. This guide will go over everything you need to know about suede quartz from its creation to care and maintenance.

What is Suede Quartz?

It is a finish for your quartz countertops that features a velvety soft, matte look and touch. It highlights the natural colors and features of the stone and is more resistant to stains and watermarks than any other finish.

How is Suede Quartz made?

Suede quartz is created by gently brushing the stone with a diamond-tipped brush until the imperfections and polish are completely removed. This treatment is relatively new and is manufactured by MSI, Cambria, Hanstone, and Silestone. Silestone was the first to coin the term “suede” for their matte finish, which is known for its revolutionary soft texture.

Advantages and Disadvantages

When contemplating which finish is right for your countertop, it is important to consider its pros and cons. While other finishes have been around longer, they may or may not be the right choice for you. The best option will greatly depend on the cost and care you want to put into your countertop.

Pros

There are a variety of advantages that the suede finish offers. These advantages include:

  1. Highlights the Natural Color: A key difference between polished and suede quartz is that suede will highlight the natural color of the quartz rather than add polish to it.
  2. Contemporary Style: Homeowners who prefer a more classic, contemporary aesthetic will love this finish. It is perfect for modern and Mediterranean style kitchens, and it pairs well with warm or neutral-colored, flat-paneled cabinets and subway tile backsplashes.
  3. Stain Resistant: Since quartz is created with resins and recycled materials, it is stain-resistant has a built in anti-microbial defense. It also conceals smudges and fingerprints.

Cons

There are also some disadvantages to suede quartz including:

  1. Difficult to Clean: One of the few downsides is that it is more difficult to clean than the other finishes. Because it has more texture than its counterparts, dust and debris can get trapped in its dimples.
  2. Not heat resistant: Because quartz is not as heat resistant as granite, you cannot place hot pots and pans directly on the countertop. The heat may cause damage or discoloration to the quartz.
  3. Bad for Small Spaces: The suede finish is best for open spaces because it looks better on darker colors and doesn’t reflect light as well, which can make small spaces feel smaller.

Care and Maintenance

Caring for your suede quartz is much less complicated than it would be for the honed or polished finish. Its superior resistance to stains and smudges lends to maintaining its pristine condition. Since its naturally non-porous, it does not need to be sealed, unlike its granite counterpart. The daily cleaning process is simple and hassle-free. All you have to do is wipe it down with mild soap and warm water. If you have any questions consult your manufacturer for proper cleaning and maintenance guidelines.

Suede quartz countertops have become prominent in contemporary homes. Its advantages and texture make it a revolutionary option. If you desire a countertop that brings a modern look and feel to your space, this is the best finish for you.

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How To Clean Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops have become increasingly popular, and it is not difficult to see why. Its durability, beauty and affordable price point all lend itself to being the perfect option for many homeowners.

Since quartz is a manmade product created with resins and recycled materials, it is not only durable but sealed from any bacteria. This is a nice advantage over natural stones. As those need to have a seal treatment to prevent staining and bacteria from seeping down into your countertops.

While quartz is durable and low maintenance, a consistent cleaning routine is recommended to ensure your countertops remain in pristine condition.

Below, we will walk you through our guide on how to clean your quartz countertops.

Cleaning Routine for Quartz Countertops

1. Wipe down your countertop with mild soap and a soft cloth

Our recommendation is that you clean your quartz countertops on a daily basis. Fill a medium size bowl with warm water. Then add a generous amount of the mild dish detergent. Combine the two ingredients until the detergent is dissolved in the water. Wet a soft cloth and wipe the surface in a circular motion until the entire surface is clean.

2. Scrape away any debris

Scrape away stubborn dirt and grime with a plastic putty knife. Take care to scrape gently when removing excess buildup.

3. Clean up grease with a degreaser

Take a degreasing cleaning product and spray your countertop. Make sure to only use products that do not have bleach and are specifically for quartz countertops. Please follow all of the instructions laid out by the product’s manufacturer as each product is different. After using one of these products immediately wipe off your surface with a cloth and warm water.

Removing Tough Stains

1. Adhesive Remover

Use an adhesive remover such as Goo Gone to rub away tough stains. Spray the cleaner directly on the stain and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes before you wipe it off. Wipe your countertop immediately with warm water and a cloth.

2. Isopropyl rubbing alcohol

To remove pen or permanent marker marks, pour isopropyl rubbing alcohol on the mark and rub the surface in a circular motion with a clean cloth. Then wipe your countertop with warm water and a cloth.

3. Vinegar

To remove a soap stain or hard water deposit, we recommend a vinegar and water solution mixed 1:1. In a medium sized bowl mix one part warm water and one part vinegar, stir the mixture. Pour a generous amount on the affected area and wipe it off. Then wipe your countertop with warm water and a cloth.

4. Glass Cleaner

For heavy or dried on stains, spray a glass cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wipe your countertop with warm water and a cloth. Make sure to check with your quartz manufacturer before using glass cleaner as each product is different.

Preventative Care

1. Clean up spills immediately

While quartz is stain resistant, it is not stain proof. It will resist stains for a short time, but colored liquids and soap should be wiped up immediately.

2. Use pot holders and trivets

Always place a protective barrier between hot pots and pans and your countertop. Quartz does not stand up to heat as well as its natural stone counterparts. If you do not use a trivet or pot holder under a hot pot you can create discoloration on your surface.

3. Use cutting boards

Do not cut or chop anything directly on your quartz. This will add cuts and scratches in the resin leaving your countertops vulnerable to stains and other issues.

4. Never use harsh cleaners

Products to avoid are sponges, pads, and abrasive cleaners. These products can cause irreversible damage to your countertops. Harsh scrubbing will lead to a dull finish on quartz countertops. Avoid cleaning with acidic or alkaline cleaners such as grill cleaners, oven cleaners, bleach, nail polish remover, dishwasher detergent and paint removers. Most of these methods will void any product warranty you have on your quartz.

Creating a daily habit of cleaning will help keep your quartz countertops beautiful and ensure its longevity.