Granite and quartz have been popular options for kitchen countertops since the turn of the century. Both are durable, elegant, and easy to maintain. The difference between granite and quartz isn’t so much about their appearance as where they come from.
Simply said, granite is natural, and quartz is at least partially manufactured. Granite is a hard stone that is mined all around the world. Quartz features mostly ground natural quartz along with a small percentage of polymer resins.
Regarding appearance, because granite is natural, your options are limited. It’s true that granite is popular among homeowners because many styles are available, but there are still more options with quartz countertops. Quartz can be customized to meet your needs.
The cost for both is comparable, depending on the quality.
When it comes to cleaning, they’re both popular options partially because they can hide stains. Soap and water is typically all you’ll need to clean the countertops on a daily basis. The main difference is that granite countertops may need to be resealed, and granite countertops are slightly more likely to lose their luster if you try to use acidic products to clean them. Never use bleach on either one.
Quartz is actually much harder than granite and therefore more durable. Granite can be scratched, for example. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are so rigid and dense that they could crack if you place a steaming hot pot on them when they are cold.
Granite is also slightly porous, so liquids and foods could stain granite countertops. (Tip: To remove stains, make a paste of water and baking soda, and slather it on the stain. Cover the paste with plastic wrap, and secure the wrap to the counter. Wait about two days, and then remove the plastic wrap. Gently scrub off the paste, and rinse the countertop. You may need more than one application to remove the stain completely.)