Quartzite & It’s History
Quartzite is a non-foliated, metamorphic rock that is made almost entirely of quartz. Quartzite is created when sandstone that is rich with quartz is altered in the metamorphosis process. The heat pressure and chemical activity involved in the process allow the quartz and sandstone to recrystallize and bind together, resulting in an interlocking crystalline structure that is durable and beautiful.
True Quartzite is traditionally white and gray in color, like the quartz itself, though it can often contain hints of other colors. Some Quartzite may be colored a pink or red hue as a result of staining if the deposit also contained iron. Due to the metamorphic process, Quartzite remains one of the stronger allowing it to stand up to abrasion even better than some marble and granite.
Some Basic Issues
At Stone Masters of Idaho, we want your quartzite to look its best. Learn about what makes each stone type unique and what variety will work best for you. By learning about the strengths and weaknesses of each type, you can learn how to avoid common wear and tear issues.
How to Care For Your Quartzite
Caring for your quartzite is simple. If you have quartzite flooring, be sure to dust your floors frequently with a clean, dry dust mop. Sand and dirt do the most damage due to their abrasive nature, so keeping a regular schedule of dry mopping will go a long way. In the shower or bath area, you can keep down on soap scum by using a squeegee after each use. Always use non-acidic and non-abrasive cleaners. On your countertop, use a soft sponge with warm water and avoid using any coarse scrubbers.