Countertops made from quartz serve a purpose well beyond aesthetics – they’re sturdy surfaces that last a long time. Maintaining quartz countertops’ original shine and luster requires cleaning them. With its uniform shape and design, quartz is a trendy countertop material that’s easy to work with for designers and contractors. It’s also resilient. Quartz is an engineered stone often confused with its naturally occurring counterpart, quartzite.
Cleanliness of Quartz Countertops
- Cleaning should be done with a mild soap or detergent and a soft cloth. Make sure the soap is not bleaching or abrasive.
- Quartz countertops are stain-resistant, but not stain-proof. As soon as possible, wipe up liquids. Despite its stain resistance, quartz requires prompt cleaning after contact with colored liquids
- For heavy or dried-on stains, you can use Windex or another glass or surface cleaner. You should use a non-abrasive sponge. A generous amount of spray should be sprayed over the area, left to sit for ten minutes, and then wiped away.
- Grease, gum, and paint can be scraped away with a plastic putty knife or razor blade. To remove grease, clean quartz countertops with a degreasing cleaner. Remove immediately by rinsing.
- Remove ink or permanent markers carefully with an oil-based cleanser, such as Goo Gone. Wash your hands with warm water as soon as possible after removing the stain.
- Stains such as nail polish that are hard to remove can be removed with acetone, Ajax, and water. Reduce the abrasiveness of the Ajax to a minimum. Wipe away immediately.
Countertop damage prevention:
- For pans, crockpots, and electric skillets, use hot pads or trivets. Quartz can withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit but can be damaged by rapid temperature changes. The term “Thermal shock” is also used.
- Knives should not be used directly on Quartz countertops. Quartz is extremely scratch-resistant, but when forcefully hit with sharp objects, it can be damaged. Cutting boards are recommended.
- Clean with a neutral detergent. Avoid sharp objects, nail polish remover, turpentine, oven cleaner, bleach, drain cleaners, dishwasher rinsing agents, etc. You’ll want to use a mild detergent to clean them right away if they’ve been spilled
- Dropping heavy pots can crack or chip your stone countertops, so avoid pushing or pulling them.
How to Clean Quartz Countertops with the Number One Kitchen Countertop?
If you are thinking about investing in quartz for your home, a great question to ask is how to clean it. Quartz is a countertop material that you will be extremely happy with, whether you purchase it for your kitchen or your bathroom. Quartz countertops do not require a lot of maintenance. They are quite low maintenance. When it comes to keeping your kitchen countertops looking their very best, proper care and maintenance are a must. Here’s how to clean quartz countertops the right way with BC Stone.
Clean quartz tops according to this routine:
Step 1: Wipe Your Quartz Counters with Mild Dish Soap and a Soft Rag
In a bowl or sponge, combine warm water and soap. Dip the cloth or sponge in the bowl. Start by wiping the quartz tops gently but firmly with a sponge.
Step 2: Scrape Off Dried Gunk from the Quartz Surface
For cleaning, we recommend using a putty knife to remove dirt and food. Whenever you are removing excess buildup, be mindful and only scrape gently. When you need to remove buildup from your countertops, keep a putty knife in a nearby drawer so that you can reach for it quickly. Care for countertops is quite simple. Finding the right information and doing some research is all it takes.
Step 3: Wipe Off Grease Using a Degreaser
You can spray the degreasing agent liberally on your quartz countertops (just make sure it can be used on quartz). Be sure not to use bleach in the spray, as it will damage quartz countertops. Disinfectant wipes must also be free of bleach if you are going to use them. To finish off, you need to apply a wet cloth or sponge to the surface and wash it immediately.
- Make sure you only use cleaning sprays or products that are specifically designed for quartz counters
- When you want to clean quartz countertops, inquire with your quartz countertop supplier whenever you are unsure of a product.
How to Remove Tough Stains from Quartz Countertops:
Step 1: Removing Tough Stains from Quartz Countertops
Rub away tough stains with adhesive remover. Cleansers such as Goo Gone can be used on a wet rag. Directly apply the cleaner to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before removing it. The counter should be wiped once again using warm water after you have wiped it off. Goo Gone can be substituted with caramel. Even though it may sound strange, it will work thanks to the adhesive qualities it has to help remove gooey stains.
Step 2: Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
Rub the stain using a wet towel or cloth with some isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Next, you will want to wipe the counter with just warm water. It will help remove any tough stains that would not come off with water and soap alone.
Step 3: Deep Clean Quartz with a Glass Cleaner
Spray a safe glass cleaner on your quartz countertops. Let the glass cleaner liquid sit for a few minutes before wiping down the counters with a wet cloth. While some quartz manufacturers recommend using glass cleaners, others advise staying away from them. For your safety, we encourage you to call your quartz company and ask if it is okay to deep clean your quartz with a glass cleaner.
How to prevent quartz countertops from getting damaged?
Step 1: Clean Up Spills Immediately
Although engineered stones like quartz can resist stains for a brief period, you should not let the stains sit there for too long. You still run the risk of damaging your countertops if you do this. Quartz should be cleaned as soon as it is spilled. You can clean up the spill with mild soap and warm water mix. If you spilled coffee, wine, or tea, permanent stains can occur. Be careful.
Step 2: Protect Quartz Countertops from High Temperatures
You can use mats or trivets to protect your quartz countertops from really hot temperatures when using crock pots, hot pans, and electric skillets. The quartz countertop will be damaged if an extremely hot object is placed directly on it. Use coasters if you will be drinking citrus-like drinks. Citrus liquids don’t mix well with quartz counters.
Step 3: Use a Cutting Board
Cutting and chopping food directly on your quartz is tempting because quartz is durable and hard, but we do not recommend it. We encourage you to keep a cutting board on-site and to use it when you are chopping, cutting, and slicing food. Quartz is scratch-resistant, but it is not scratch-proof. Cutting boards are also important because your knives will become dull.
Step 4: Determine your budget. Avoid Harsh Cleaners
Quartz counters will be damaged if they are cleaned with highly alkaline or acidic cleaners. Get hold of a cloth dipped in water and mild detergent so you can wipe up any solution that may have fallen on your countertops during an acidic or alkaline solution spill. Do not use nail polish, oven cleaner, turpentine, drain cleaners, bleach, methylene chloride, and other harsh chemicals.