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white quartz countertops and staining

posted by: cwyn on 12.17.2010 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

We absolutely want white countertops in our kitchen. We had decided on quartz because they are supposed to be the most durable and low-maintenance option. However, one of the dealers I spoke with said that even though they are not supposed to stain, in her experience the lighter colors stain anyway. So now we are not sure what to do. We aren't the kind of people who would spill red wine on the counter and then just leave it for days on end, but we won't wipe up after every single spill or drop of something on the counter, and we will have kids around the apartment, and we will have to sublet on a fairly regular basis to people who may not be super careful because we often have to travel abroad for many months at a time for work (and we can't afford to pay for an empty NYC apartment when we do that).

The color we particularly liked was Zodiaq Snow White. We're not willing to go with a darker color, but we have started to wonder if we should go with something like Caesarstone Organic white, which has a kind of pattern/texture to it, with the idea that if it does stain a little, it would be less obvious with the color irregularities. (We'd really rather have just a solid white, but on the other hand, we don't want to spend the money on a countertop just to have it look crummy as soon as it stains.)

So here are my questions:

1) Anyone out there with white quartz countertops who has had them for a while and can comment on whether or not they stain, and if so, how bad the stains look?

2) Anyone have experience with either the Zodiaq Snow White or the Caesarstone Organic White specifically, and if so, what has been your experience with the stains showing over time?

Thanks in advance for any advice or experiences shared!

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RE: such thing as good looking laminate counters? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: equest17 on 06.21.2011 at 12:19 am in Kitchens Forum

We did the ever popular Formica Butterrum in etchings finish with flat deck (no integrated backsplash) and wrap under edge (much more resistant to moisture and delamination issues) with a Cafe Brown Silgranit sink and ORB faucet. I've been very happy with all of it. The butterrum hides dirt and crumbs just enough, the sink is indestructible and hides everything, and the flat deck means we can do a backsplash later if we choose.

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RE: such thing as good looking laminate counters? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: rhome410 on 06.10.2011 at 02:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

We built our house 3 years ago, and along with Brazilian cherry floors, Wolf appliances, and custom cabinets and woodwork, we have laminate counters throughout. --A bit of stainless around the stove and DIY wood on the island, but laminate on the rest of the perimeter and in all baths, the laundry, the desk areas, the sewing room... We have all different looks, but I think they all look good. I didn't want to spend several thousands on stone, when I could be perfectly happy with durable, hard-working laminate that DH could DIY for hundreds.

We considered concrete, but I was hesitant about upkeep, staining, and dish-breaking hazard, and mostly, we didn't have time to make it happen. So we did 2 1/4" thick counters to emulate the heftiness of concrete. Ours might be the concrete-looking counters referred to by Desertsteph.

I'm like Florantha...I'm not into special edges and prefer the 90 degree straight front.

We've recently been working on remodeling DH's parents' home, and we put laminate in there. The cabinets are a biscuit/cream color...

The kitchen has Wilsonart Crystalline Onyx:

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The master bath has Wilsonart Jeweled Opal:

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The cream colored cabinets in our sewing room have Smoke Quarstone:

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Here is a link that might be useful: My kitchen pics

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