Cleaning Quartz Countertops
- September 6, 2017
- Posted by: Ginger Perales
- Category: Home, Renovations
Sophisticated and timeless, engineered (man-made) quartz countertops rival the beauty and design of natural stone without the high maintenance. For those lucky enough to have this amazing countertop material in their kitchen or bathroom, below is a complete guide to keeping them clean.
Quartz vs. Quartzite
Don’t let the similar names fool you because even though they sound alike and often look alike when they’re installed, they’re not the same. Quartzite is a natural stone formed when sandstone that’s rich in quartz is exposed to pressure and high heat over time as the result of naturally occurring processes. Quartzite can be found around the world in an array of colors and patterns. By comparison, engineered quartz is manufactured in a factory by combining crushed quartz with resins or other binding agents, and sometimes pigments. Additionally, quartz is non-porous and doesn’t require sealing to resist stains.
Following these basic guidelines will keep your quartz countertops looking like new for many years to come.
For cleaning and maintaining quartz surfaces, keep these materials on hand:
- Mild dish detergent
- Soft cloth
- Glass cleaner
- Nonabrasive sponge
- Plastic putty knife
- Degreasing cleaner
- Stones quartz surface enhancer
- Surface protection (cutting board, hot pads, and trivets)
Take care of daily messes quickly and easily with just a soft cloth and a mild dishwashing detergent. Quartz is non-porous and will resist staining, but it’s important to wipe up spills when they happen. A glass cleaner and a nonabrasive sponge will easily remove dried spills or heavier messes. A plastic putty knife is the perfect tool for scraping off gum, food or other messes that get hard when they dry.
Some messes can be particularly sticky, like removing cooking grease and may require additional products like a degreasing agent.
Daily wiping and attention to spills and messes will satisfy your countertop’s basic daily maintenance requirements. But experts also recommend an overall deeper general cleaning at regular intervals. For best results, spray a generous amount of a nonabrasive surface cleaner over your countertop and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a non-scratch sponge.
What to Avoid
When it comes to the dos and don’ts of quartz countertops care and maintenance, the dos are relatively straightforward; wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth. However, preserving your counter’s appeal and integrity is really about following the list of don’ts, which includes:
Never use abrasive cleansers
Avoid scouring pads
Never apply a sealer
Never use harsh cleaning solutions (nail polish remover, drain cleaner, and turpentine, etc.)
Typically, highly alkaline or highly acidic, harsh chemicals can break down the bonds between the quartz and resin and damage the surface, while abrasive cleaners and scouring pads may dull and scratch quartz overtime. Sealing can also dull the surface as it wears off. If a harsh cleaning substance does come into contact with your countertop, immediately rinse the affected surface with water.
Quartz is a hard surface, but not so hard that it will withstand the scratches that can occur from chopping and slicing with a sharp knife. Also, the resin it contains is prone to melting when it comes in contact with something hotter than 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and prolonged exposure can cause cracking. Therefore, using a cutting board, hot pad, and trivet for cutting and for placing hot dishes or pots and pans should be considered part of your quartz countertop’s routine care and maintenance.
To maintain the beauty and shine of your quartz countertops, Venastone recommends using Mr. Stones quartz surface enhancer. Engineered exclusively for quartz, it enhances the beauty and rich color of quartz surfaces, while simultaneously providing outstanding stain protection. This easy to use non-toxic, liquid enhancer by Mr. Stone is made using a special bonding formula, that revives the uniform color and texture of quartz and leaves it looking brand new.
Be nice to your quartz countertops and give them regular attention, and they’ll give you a lifetime of enjoyment.