Care and Maintenance of Quartz Countertops

by | Nov 24, 2020 | Kitchen 101, Project Planning | 0 comments

Quartz countertops are an engineered, man-made material and are not only amazing in function but also in style with their wide variety of colors. From solid colors such as ebony black to the classic Carrara marble-look with delicate veining, you will never have to skimp on beauty for the ease of care. While quartz countertops require low maintenance and rank high in durability and versatility, they still require care to remain pristine for years to come.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops  

  1. Regular cleaning is recommended using warm water and a mild soap or detergent; simply gently wipe the countertop with a soft soapy cloth and rinse with warm water.
  2. Do NOT use any products containing bleach or anything abrasive as it may react with the resins on the quartz and etch the surface. NOTE: if using any disinfectant wipes, ensure they are free of bleach.
  3. While Quartz has a non-porous surface making it stain-resistant, it is not stain-proof. Therefore, wipe any spills as soon as possible to avoid potential staining, especially things such as red wine or strawberries.
  4. To disinfect your quartz countertops, spray the following mixture onto the surface, allow to sit for 30 seconds then rinse with warm water. Gently mix this solution in a spray bottle without creating excess lather or bottle pressure:
    1. 8 oz water
    2. one drop of mild dish soap
    3. 4 tbsp isopropyl or rubbing alcohol.
  5. For deep cleaning, put a generous amount of mild soap or detergent on areas requiring it and leave on for 10-15 minutes and wipe away.
  6. For grease, use a degreasing cleanser, formulated for Quartz countertops and rinse immediately.
  7. Remove ink or permanent markers carefully with an oil-based cleanser like Goo Gone and rinse with warm water immediately.

Preventing Damage to Quartz

  1. While quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 degrees, it can be damaged by quick temperature changes, therefore use hot pads or trivets under hot pots and pans.
  2. While quartz is scratch resistant it can still be damaged, therefore use a cutting board rather than knives or other sharp objects directly on the countertop.
  3. While quartz is non-porous, avoid cleaning with highly acidic or alkaline cleaners to avoid etching of the surface.
  4. While quartz is actually harder than granite, avoid dropping heavy objects such as a heavy pot on it as it can still chip or crack the countertop.

By following these simple do’s and don’ts in properly caring for your quartz countertops, you will preserve the beauty and integrity of your quartz countertops as well as your investment for years to come.

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