The word ‘quartz’ comes from the German word ‘quarz’ and in Ancient Greece it means ‘icy cold’ as some philosophers believed the mineral to be a form of super-cooled ice. These days the term ‘rock crystal’ is sometimes used as an alternative name for the purest form of quartz, most likely because it’s the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s continental crust behind feldspar.
Hard white or colourless, quartz is a mineral made up of silicon and oxygen and is widely found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
There are numerous different kinds of quartz, many of which are semi-precious gemstones and traditionally dating back to ancient times, certain varieties of quartz have been popular minerals when making jewellery and hardstone carving.
Quartz is one of the most popular materials that can be used in designing kitchen or bathroom worktops. It’s an incredibly durable stone that has the added benefit of being aesthetic and available in many different styles and colours.
These excellent qualities put quartz in high demand. Installing a quartz worktop in your bathroom or kitchen is a great way to not only improve the look and functionality of your house, but to also increase the value of your home.
A quartz worktop is an investment that will easily pay for itself in the future, because this is a worktop that is guaranteed to last.
For many, the kitchen is the most important part of a household. It’s where you cook, it’s where you eat, and it’s where you entertain family and guests. It’s one of the most public rooms in a home, so it’s little surprise that you want to keep it looking its best, all the time.
Keeping a kitchen in great working order and keeping it looking great is no easy matter, and it’s by no means cheap either. Refitting an entire kitchen and giving it a new look costs even more money.
There are, however, certain ways to accessorise your kitchen on a budget, from long-term money-saving investments such as installing quartz or granite worktops, to handcrafting your own shelves or buying secondhand products.
Granite is an igneous rock made of silica, feld spar and quartz. It’s formed by the rapid cooling and solidification of lava or magma.
Since granite is exposed to extremely high temperatures and pressures when it’s being formed, it’s highly resistant to heat. However, although it’s tougher than many other manmade or natural surfaces, there is still the possibility of heat stains forming if you continually place hot pots and pans directly on your granite worktop.
Here are three solutions to removing heat stains from your granite workshop.