One of the reasons stone countertops, particularly quartz, are a popular kitchen countertop choice is their hardiness. It has led to the notion that quartz countertops can function as cutting boards. Is that true? Can quartz countertops be used to cut food directly without any damage to the countertop itself? We’ll answer it in this article.
The kitchen is the heart of every home. It enjoys the highest traffic day in and day out. It’s also where all the action occurs as all the family meals are prepared here. But as someone who loves to cook, we know how frustrating it can always be to use and clean a cutting board to prepare the ingredients. We’re sure many who love to cook can attest to how we feel.
Can You Cut Food Directly On Quartz Countertop?
The good news is that quartz is an extremely tough and durable material. It’s one of the hardest materials around. It is one of the materials to have a great capacity to resist cuts and scratches.
As opposed to natural stone slabs that are naturally solid, quartz is an engineered stone made up of small pieces mixed with resin and compacted. This resin mixture gives the quartz countertop its strength and durability.
To answer the question: yes, you can directly cut food on quartz countertops since they can resist any scratching or slicing damage inflicted on their surface. However, you can only do this up to a certain extent.
Use A Cutting Board, If You May
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. The same adage also applies to cutting directly on quartz countertops.
You should NOT cut directly on quartz countertops for many different reasons. One of these reasons is that the surface can still suffer damage when enough force is applied. Quartz is not a perfectly hard material – nothing is. That is why our quartz countertop can still be damaged when you forcefully hack at it.
Another reason is to protect your precious knives from damage. Incredibly hard surfaces are one of the worst enemies of sharp edges. By continually slicing food on hard surfaces such as quartz countertops, your knives will lose their sharp edge and cannot cut food. This is a big no-no for those who love to cook.
By definition, the ability to resist scratches and slicing damage to the countertops is exactly that – just being scratch and slice resistant. It does not mean quartz countertops are damage-proof. Therefore, while it may still resist damage, it’s not entirely in the clear. Scratch marks, dents, and chips can still be seen on your countertop surface if you continue to cut directly on your quartz countertop.
When working with raw meat, use a cutting board. The meat itself doesn’t damage the countertop. What is left behind can hurt your countertop, other food items, or even your health. Various types of meat contain bacteria that can seep through small openings on the quartz countertop surface. These bacteria can propagate and contaminate other food items, which could also lead to problems for your health. You can clean the surface using disinfectants, but these can still damage your countertop seal, which opens up your countertop surface to staining.
How To Prevent Damage On Your Quartz Countertop
Here are some ways to prevent damage to your quartz countertop.
- As stated above, always use cutting boards when cutting food and preparing meals. Cutting boards are easier to clean and don’t require special disinfectants to prevent bacterial growth.
- In case of spills, always clean them up immediately. While countertop sealing can prevent spills from causing stains, stains are still likely to form if they are not immediately cleaned.
- Extremely hot objects such as pots and pans in the kitchen should not be placed directly on top of your quartz countertops, as these can discolor the surface over time. Too much heat can react with the quart surface’s seal, creating burn marks or other forms of discoloration.
- Abrasive pads are, well, abrasive, which can scratch the surface of your quartz countertop. If dried-up spills or stains are too difficult to clean, use plastic knives or scrapers instead of highly abrasive pads. A soft cloth and special cleaners are enough for easier-to-clean spills to keep the quartz countertop surface clean.
- When cleaning your quartz countertop, use only specialized cleaners to avoid any damage to the seal. Avoid regular household cleaners as they may react with the seal, damaging the seal and your quartz countertop surface.
- You should always stay on your quartz countertop. Also, avoid placing heavy objects on your countertop. While quartz is durable, countertops can still be damaged by heavy objects.
Every home’s heart is in the kitchen. As someone who enjoys cooking, we know how annoying it can be to constantly use and clean a cutting board to prepare the ingredients. Many people who enjoy cooking can attest to how we feel. We hope that our tips will help you how to take care of your quartz countertop. You can also call us for quartz countertop installation.
Marblus Granite and Tile, Inc.
1775 Monterey Rd Unit 40 C, San Jose, CA 95112, United States