Do quartz counters bleach out or stain?

mjtx2March 13, 2012

Wandering through Lowes kitchen area yesterday and got into a discussion with a kitchen salesman on the merits and cons of quartz. She said quartz will, indeed, stain, and that bleach or foods that bleach would actually lighten the quartz top. I'd always heard quartz was better for stains than granite. What's the truth?

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IDK about the stains but I saw a remnant at a local store that had been sitting outside for some time and the top was a different color than the bottom part shielded from the sun by other remnants.

The color fades when exposed to direct sunlight. Part of my counter is next to the window with a lot of sunshine coming in the morning, that is why I abandoned the idea right away though I already had a pattern picked out.

Don't know if that helps any.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 11:19AM
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I've had my Silestone countertops since April of 2002 and have never had any staining or bleaching. I do have a few small chips on a well used section of it. I can't see them from above but can see them when I look across it. The front edge around the undermount sink feels rough to the touch though it still looks fine.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 11:46AM
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I think some people have written about the colour changing in light coloured quartz - I have Cambria's Bristol Blue (dark blue) and over 3 or 4 years now have had no change whatever, even though part of it is in direct sunshine.

We spill tomato, red wine, olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, whatever all over it on a regular basis (well, not intentionally). It's never, ever stained.

No chips in mine either.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 2:59PM
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"Quartz" is made out of quartz stone dust and resin. Yes, the resin yellows over time and exposure to UV. It shows most in the light colors, which is why they try not to install them outdoors.

There is a good previous thread on staining.

It is theoretically possible to stain the resin, and the right chemical that does not belong in a kitchen could even stain the stone dust, but in general spots will come off.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 3:48PM
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