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Pls help me interpret "quartzite" test results

posted by: nancyjla on 05.28.2014 at 10:59 am in Kitchens Forum

I selected what I was told is a gorgeous slab of White Pearl quartzite, but it failed some of the tests while passed others. I've read all of Karin's incredibly helpful quartzite threads and many of other posters' results threads, but now that I've done my own tests I'm confused.

The stone passed the glass scratch test (raw edge of stone definitely grabbed and cut the glass bottle). But it failed the substance test miserably - I left the following substances on the stone overnight and got lots of etching: lemon juice (etch), lime juice (etch), cider vinegar (etch), red wine (stain & etch), mustard (slight stain/no etch), ketchup (slight stain/no etch).

I'm attaching a picture of my results. I guess I'm reluctant to accept that this isn't a quartzite because it's such a beautiful stone and much nicer than the wht macaubus I've been seeing locally (nothing like the gorgeous ones on GW!). For those who really have a quartzite, did you really not get any etching like I did?

TIA. I'm so bummed, I thought I found my stone. I'm exhausted and was so happy my search was done. Guess not, huh?

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RE: Anyone have white macoubas quartzite for their kitchen counte (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lcskaisgir on 03.11.2014 at 08:50 am in Kitchens Forum

I have Calacatta quartzite, which is the same stone, just cut differently. (yours would have more straight lines, mine has more swirly veins)

Anyway, I was in the same predicament...wanted marble or Superwhite but knew it would not work for my family. So far it has been pretty indestructible. There has been tomato sauce, red wine, all kinds of sauces, mustard, etc and there is definitely NO etching of any kind. The only thing that has left any soft of stain at all was butter, which only left a slightly darkened area in the stone temporarily. After a few days it disappeared!

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RE: Recommendations for Wall Mounted Ironing Board? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rmiriam on 07.20.2013 at 04:11 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I had an Iron-a-Way in my old house, and liked it just fine. It was solid and worked well.

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RE: Almost Finished Pics - long time coming... (Follow-Up #90)

posted by: aokat15 on 03.20.2014 at 07:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

here are some of the original pics posted:

This post was edited by aokat15 on Thu, Mar 20, 14 at 19:51

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RE: What was your best / worst bathroom remodeling decision? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: Jackfre on 02.14.2014 at 10:29 am in Bathrooms Forum

Toto toilet with Washlet 300 seat.
12X30" Porcelanosa tile in shower, few joints means easier cleaning.
LED lights on dimmers
Panasonic fans
Victoria Albert Asia tub beneath two 3x4" windows. So nice in the winter to get in the tub and open the windows.
Tankless water heater to enjoy either long showers or baths...although with the drought there isn't much of that going on.
Marmoleum floor. We used it in both bathrooms. I don't miss the tile. Unless you heat it, tile is cold, cold, cold.
Soapstone vanity top. It has worked out very well and cleans up easily.

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