Compac Quartz Worktops
There are several different manufacturers of quartz kitchen worktops on the market, but one of the most popular – both on the continent and in the UK – is the Compac range. Chiefly this is because of the huge range of colours that are available.
Compac quartz is unlike many other materials used for kitchen worktops in that it is man made. Many other worktops are made from marble, granite, and so on which are quarried in huge slabs and then cut down to the appropriate thickness for a worktop.
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Compac quartz is different in that it is also quarried but the quartz – which is a minor gemstone – is then pulverised into tiny fragments and mixed with certain polyester resins. Quartz is one of the hardest stones known to man, coming only fourth after diamond, sapphire and topaz. The resulting product is a worktop that is totally non porous and resistant to stains, heat, impact damage and more.
Because they are non porous Compac quartz worktops are as hygienic as you could wish. Moulds, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens simply cannot breed because they can get no foothold. This is why Compac quartz worktops are specified for use in hospitals, laboratories and many catering establishments where hygiene is of the utmost importance. They are also often used in doctors and dentists surgeries.
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These worktops are also excellent for rolling out doughs and pastry. Since they are cold they are ideal for this, and wiping up afterwards is simply no problem. A quick clear up of any remaining flour on to a plate, followed by a wipe with a damp cloth is really all that is required. Easy and quick.
Compac quartz surfaces are also stain resistant. Surfaces made of granite or marble which are porous to a greater or lesser degree can suffer serious damage from such common food and liquid spills as lemon juice, vinegar, butter, olive oil, coffee, tea, red wine and so on. Stains can also occur very quickly on these materials from simple things like strawberries, raspberries and beetroot.
Compac quartz surfaces suffer no such problems. Left on overnight, or even for a day or two, such spills will simply sit there waiting for you to mop them up when you are ready.
The product is also impact resistant to a high degree. While it is not a good idea to drop a cast iron saucepan on to Compac quartz worktops from a great height (even though this may result in no damage) the odd slip of a frying pan or china and glass will cause more damage to the implement than the surface.
These are also heat resistant to quite a considerable extent. It is not recommended to place hot pans just off the hob directly on to the worktop surface, but you can probably get away with it for a couple of minutes. To be on the safe side, always use a heat pad or a trivet.
You could also chop or cut food directly on the surface of Compac quartz worktops without hurting the surface but you would probably do more damage to the knife blade than the Compac. Use a chopping board to be on the safe side.
In short, Compac quartz worktops are probably one of the finest surfaces you could choose for your new kitchen.