When selecting the ideal kitchen or bathroom countertops, you will be faced with the decision of selecting between a polished or matte finish. Each of these finishes has distinct attributes that can alter the aesthetics of your space. Understanding the difference between these two types of quartz countertops finishes is important to selecting the choice that best fits your style and taste.
Quartz countertops are celebrated for their resilience, simple upkeep, and visually appealing qualities. Quartz countertops are known for their strength, resistance to staining and scratching, and the wide variety of hues and designs that are available. They also give an elegant and luxurious aesthetic to any kitchen or bathroom.
Making the right choice of finish is important as it affects the overall visual of the surface. The chosen finish dictates the degree of gloss or sheen on the countertop, playing a crucial part in its aesthetic appeal. The finish also affects the maintenance of the quartz countertop moving forward. Considering aspects such as preferred style, functionality, and personal preference can help you select the right finish for your quartz countertops.
Polished Quartz Countertops
Polished quartz countertops have a lustrous glow that is achieved through a grinding process that smooths the surface to a gleaming finish which adds to the quartz’s innate beauty. This finish turns any kitchen or bathroom into an elegant space. Polished quartz surfaces are exceedingly durable, able to resist scuffs and stains while tolerating extreme temperatures. The reflective nature of the polished quartz can add to the room’s dimensions and depth. No matter your style, traditional or contemporary, polished quartz countertops add a sophisticated and enduring elegance to your room.
Advantages of Polished Finish
The benefits of choosing a polished finish for quartz countertops start with the high-end, luxurious ambience the countertop adds to the overall aesthetic of your room. The smooth, glossy finish is easy to clean as a quick wipe takes care of any dirt or spills, making them perfect for high-activity kitchens. The polished surface will also illuminate the space, giving it a roomier and inviting ambiance.
Disadvantages of Polished Finish
Despite its benefits, polished quartz countertops do bear a few considerations. For example, the glossy surface can highlight fingerprints, water spots, and smudges so it may require more regular cleaning to maintain the countertops pristine appearance. Scratches could also be more noticeable on a polished finish compared to other textures; however, appropriate care and upkeep can reduce these. You should also consider that the mirror-like surface created from polished quartz could create a pronounced glare or reflections under certain lighting scenarios, which may or may not appeal to someone’s taste and the overall decor of the room.
Maintenance Tips for Polished Quartz Countertops
A gentle daily cleansing of polished quartz countertops is imperative for retaining their look. It is advised to use a quartz-specific cleaner or a mild soap, coupled with a soft cloth or sponge for everyday cleaning. Stay away from abrasive cleansers or harsh scrubbers that could impair the glossy finish. Immediate wiping of spills, especially potentially staining substances like coffee, red wine, or acidic liquids, is also important. It is suggested to use protective gear like cutting boards or trivets to shield the surface from hot pans or sharp objects that may damage the polish.
For help selecting your quartz kitchen or bathroom countertops, stop by our showroom at 6144 NC 43 S Greenville, NC, or give us a call at 252-902-5535. We would love to help you select the perfect countertop in the perfect finish. C & C Stoneworks serves cities throughout eastern NC, including Morehead City, New Bern, Greenville, and Goldsboro.