Does Quartzite Stain?

Date: May 15, 2020
Author: Jon Smith
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A question I often get is about various stones and how they compare in terms of staining. One of these questions today I am answering is "Does quartzite stain?" or "Is quartzite stainproof?".

I wanted to write this article to cover this question but in more detail for those of you who may have an interest. If you have quartzite countertops or are considering quartzite countertops then that is awesome you should get them but be sure to read this article.

Does Quartzite Stain?

Quartzite countertops can stain. Quartzite countertops are probably one of the most durable countertop options that are highly resistant to scratching, etching, chipping, and yes you guessed it staining. With natural stone products, you have pores that can allow liquids inside to cause it to stain. This is normal and to prevent this you have to seal your quartzite countertops.

Quartzite will not have any etching issues since the chemical makeup of the stone is not similar to marble but it can happen in rare cases depending on the type of quartzite you have and what it is made up of.

Be sure to look at the slab with a light to see if any acid rain has caused any issues. If so then move on to another slab or material in the quartzite category. Many countertop fabricators like to pass off hard marble as a quartzite. This is unfair but a reality. Be sure to do your research or contact us with any questions.

How Do You Get Stains out of Quartzite with a Poultice

Removing stains from any natural stone countertop can be hard. There are many products available that you can use such as a poultice. The trick here is to make the poultice and let it sit for about 1 week. You will need to cover it with plastic to keep air out and let it dry naturally. You will also need to tape the plastic to the countertop. Painters tape is the best option for this due to the glue used to make the tape sticky.

Step 1: Purchase Mangia Machia from Amazon. This product is my go-to product to remove stains. It is the best stain remover poultice available on the market and I have used it for years and the best part is that it actually works.

Step 2: Apply the poultice according to the recommendation on the container. You will make the thickness about a quarter-inch thick passing the stained area about a quarter also. You want to thoroughly cover the area so do go about a quarter of an inch past the stain.

Step 3: Apply plastic to the top of the stained area. I suggest using clear plastic like the plastic you use to cover food to store in the refrigerator for later enjoyment. The ability to see the poultice is critical to know when to remove it. Be sure to use blue painter tape to tape the plastic to the countertop. Allow about 3 inches of room from the poultice and tape it down removing all possibility of air getting inside.

Step 4: Wait a week. This stuff will take some time to dry. Getting the stain out of your quartzite countertop is easy but does take a bit of time. Trust me here.

Step 5: After about 7 days your poultice should be dry. If it is not dry let it sit for a few more days or until it is dry. Be sure not to mess with it too much during the initial 7 days. The first 7 days are critical and you should avoid touching the plastic at all costs during this first stage of drying.

Step 6: If your poultice is dry then remove the application. Let the countertops dry naturally and see how well the product worked. Sometimes you will need to apply a second round of poultice to the area but before you do I recommend washing the countertop really well with granite gold cleaner or mild soap and water then following the steps above once again.

This exact process is what I use every time someone calls me with a stain on their countertops. It works about 9 out of 10 attempts.

Now here are a few other quartzite questions I am asked often.

Can You Set Hot Pans on Quartzite?

Yes, you can. Be careful you might hurt your pan. It is possible to scratch your quartzite countertops but highly unlikely with a pan. Hot pans will not cause quartzite any issues unless the countertops are very cold. This could cause the quartzite countertop to crack but again that is very unlikely also.

Does Quartzite Scratch Easily

No, quartzite does not scratch easily. It is a very hard and durable material. This is the material I personally use in my homes due to the durability and beauty of quartzite countertops.

Does Quartzite Need to Be Sealed

Yes, quartzite countertops should be sealed every 6 months to 1 year. I do it every 6 months myself just to be safe. I wrote a whole article about sealing quartzite and another on cleaning products for quartzite.

Be sure to seal your quartzite before you ever start to use the countertops. This is critical as you want to prevent stains from becoming a problem in the future. Also, try using the water test to check if they need to be sealed but no matter what seal them every 6 months to a year using Dry-Treat StainProof. This is the best sealer for quartzite countertops available. The technology behind this product is amazing.

So many companies white label this product because they want to offer the same quality but with their own brand.

What Colors Are Available With Quartzite Countertops

Quartzite has so many color options it is remarkable. The featured image in this article is an actual quartzite job I did last year in 2019 for a couple who absolutely loved this material. It is called Everest Pearl Quartzite. Check out our quartzite colors list here.

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Jon Smith

Hi, my name is Jonathan Smith. I have been in the granite business for many years and have worked my way up from an installer helper to an installer and then a countertop business owner. 

I started my countertop company with very little and grew extremely fast because of my knowledge and helpfulness. I started this countertop resource for 1 main reason. That reason is that there are no countertop websites with all the correct information and none of them are from an industry expert like myself. 

I am still in the trade every single day installing countertops, educating people on the type of material they are using for their homes, and making people's dream kitchens a reality.

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4 comments on “Does Quartzite Stain?”

  1. I am needing some pro advice between quartzite and marble kitchen countertop as well as small island (6’x3’) I read a lot about quartzite being the more practical material but can’t seem to find the right slabs for fabrication whereas I have several Calacatta Australe marble that are very nice. Appreciate your thoughts and advice

    1. Bill,

      I am not sure where you are located but all granite shops should have local suppliers that you can visit to find the right slab for you. I recommend Quartzite but marble is also a great choice if you can handle the maintenance. All countertop materials will stain so keep up with sealer every 6 months and you should be good. Marble likes to etch and usually goes dull much faster than quartzite. I hope this helps you with your decision.

  2. Hi Jon, Just read your article. I fell in love with quartzite and want it for my kitchen, have just picked out 2 slabs, but reading a few ( horror) stories on staining. It is a true quartzite ( Santorini) If it is sealed properly. Can I be sure it wont stain. I am so worried to make this big commitment. Thank you for feeedback.

    1. Lisa, sorry I am just now getting to you on this but Quartzite is a great material. All countertops stain and quartzite is no exception. You will need to use a good sealer and be sure to seal it every 6 months or so. I wish you the best of luck and for the record, Quartzite is my personal favorite material and I love mine.

      Jon

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