How to Clean Quartz Countertops

  • November 20, 2019
  • / By Dale Keese
Quartz

Over the last few years, quartz countertops have become a trend and it does not look like its popularity is going to go down. The main reason for this popularity is that quartz is a durable material that can take a lot of abuse and is available in different choices and colors. Another reason quartz countertops are a preferred choice for homeowners is that quartz require minimal upkeep or maintenance, unlike other materials that require sealing on an annual basis.

Quartz

If you want to maintain quartz, this marvelous material that gives the look and feel of real stone on your countertops, you should do regular cleaning for it to keep looking great. If you know how to clean quartz countertops, you will see that they are not all that hard to care for, but the cleaning is important if you want to ensure that your quartz countertops will maintain its integrity.

Quartz countertops are factory-produced. The process starts with the grinding of natural quartz and then making it into slabs, adding binding agents and resins, and in some cases, pigments. The presence of resins makes quartz non-porous, unlike granite. This is one of the chief reasons quartz is extremely popular as a kitchen countertop because it is resistant to mildew, mold, and bacteria that cause stains and odors. Also, quartz countertops rarely need to be sealed like concrete.

In the following guide, we will learn how to clean quartz countertops using a few different cleaning techniques.

As a rule of thumb, you should always wipe your quartz countertop clean immediately after a spill, regardless of the fact that quartz is impervious to permanent staining, no matter if it is from fruits or vegetables, vinegar, juice, tea, or even soda. The key is in cleaning quartz countertops before these materials have a chance to dry on the surface, making stains much harder to remove later.

Knowing how to clean quartz countertops is easy and this is a simple precaution that you should practice regularly so you do not get any dried-up food particles and stains on the quartz countertop.

Cleaning Supplies

Here is a really simple method on how to clean quartz countertops using materials that you already have at home.

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    Fill a medium-sized bowl with warm water. Mix a generous amount of mild detergent/cleaning liquid in it.
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    Stir well until the detergent is completely dissolved in the water. This is your cleaning mixture.
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    Dip the soft towel in the cleaning mixture and start cleaning the stained quartz countertop in a circular motion. Repeat this as desired.
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    Once you are satisfied that the surface of your quartz countertop is clean, wash it off once again with fresh water, cleaning any residual detergent on top.
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    Dry the quartz countertop using a dry towel or paper towels.

If you are wary of using detergent on your quartz countertop, you can replace detergent with vinegar. For this cleaning mixture, all you have to do is mix vinegar and water in a medium bowl in equal parts. Then, using a clean, dry towel, clean the affected surface in a circular motion. After the quartz countertop has been cleaned to your satisfaction, wipe clean the area off using clean towels and plain water.

Specialized Cleaners

If you want to be more thorough in cleaning quartz countertops, you can invest in specialized cleaners that are formulated for cleaning quartz. You can find these cleaning products online or in home stores. There are a lot of guides indicating that you can use glass cleaners to clean quartz countertops, but be careful to read the instructions before doing so. This cleaning technique is not recommended by some manufacturers.

To be totally sure, ask your quartz dealer if a specific type of glass cleaner is safe to use with your countertop. Homeowners are often advised that they should not use ammonia-based cleaners to clean quartz countertops as regular use of this type of cleaner may dull the surface. If you must use a glass cleaner, always use a non-abrasive sponge (the ones designed to clean non-stick pans).

If there is dried up food or gum, nail polish, or even paint (that you can run your fingers on) you should first scrape it off as much as you can, using some hard plastic (like a putty knife or an old credit card) before cleaning quartz countertops.

Avoid using a metal knife for scraping because it may leave scratches all over the quartz countertop. Also, avoid using any cleaning liquid or cleaner product that contains bleach because it can be quite damaging to quartz countertops. This technique usually works if the stains are relatively fresh and do not require rigorous cleaning. For cleaning old and tough stains, read on to the next section to learn what other materials you can use to clean quartz countertops.

Removing Tough Stains

There may be times when cleaning stains can be challenging. Some stains cannot be removed using a weak detergent cleaner or vinegar solutions no matter how good you are at cleaning countertops. You may be facing tough stains such as those from a permanent marker, glue, ink, or even blood. 

For these kinds of stains, all you need for effective cleaning is isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Here are the steps on how to clean quartz countertops using isopropyl rubbing alcohol as a cleaner. 

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    In a medium bowl, pour some isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
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    Dip a clean rag or soft cloth into this and apply it directly on the stains you want to remove. To clean effectively, rub directly on the stain in a circular motion.
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    Repeat this process if required.
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    After the stain has been removed from your quartz countertop, be sure to clean off the surface with warm water.
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    To finish cleaning quartz countertops, wipe off the excess water and dry using a clean cloth or paper towels. 


There could be times when the stains are really tough and even isopropyl rubbing alcohol does not work for your quartz countertop. For this case, you will need a professional degreasing cleaner to clean your quartz countertop. Before buying this cleaner product, make sure you are getting a cleaning brand that is safe to use on a quartz surface or specifically made to clean quartz countertops.

You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions about how to clean; most of them would be easy and self-explanatory. You may have to apply the degreasing cleaner for some time before you start the actual cleaning process on your countertops. After you have successfully cleaned the stain off from your quartz countertops, always make sure that you rinse the countertops with warm water so that there are no leftover chemicals.

Another way to remove certain tough stains is by using a magic marker. All you need to do is to wet the tip of the marker and run it in circular motions directly on the stains. After you are done covering the entire stain with the marker, simply wash clean the quartz countertops with a little warm water and then wipe the area clean with a dry paper towel or a clean rag.

Cleaning Regularly

When someone asks you how to maintain quartz countertops, your first answer should be “regular cleaning”. Cleaning and wiping your quartz countertop can go a long way in keeping your quartz countertops pristine. To ensure this, make a habit of cleaning the countertop immediately after a spill.

You will find that it would be easier if you make a habit of cleaning spills right away rather than dealing with a tough, dried stain on your quartz countertops later on.

What You Should Avoid

You may be amazed how tough quartz is, but remember that it is not indestructible. If you simply follow some basic preventive and regular cleaning methods, your quartz countertop can last for a very long time.

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Avoid Harsh Cleaning Agents

When you are buying a quartz countertop, most manufacturers will provide a list of the do's and don’ts. Always avoid scrubbing clean the quartz countertop aggressively because doing so will make the surface dull over time. Similarly, avoid using metal or hard, abrasive cleaning materials or cleaner products since they can do some permanent damage to your quartz countertop.

When it comes to how to clean quartz countertops, avoid using cleaning agents that have a high pH level, such as oven cleaners, paint removers, hard detergent, or grill cleaners on the countertop. The same goes for bleach because it can lead to permanent stains.

Not for Outdoor Use

Most of the quartz countertops that are being sold are for indoor use. If you are using the quartz countertop for outdoor activities such as BBQs, your warranty might be voided. Quartz countertops is best for indoor use because direct sunlight over it can cause the quartz countertops to warp or crack over time.

Avoid Using It as a Cutting Board

Be kind to your quartz countertop and do not use it as a chopping board for veggies, fruits, and other materials. Quartz may be a tough material and a knife will not cut through it but it can certainly leave some ugly marks on the surface. Even though some manufacturers advertise it as scratch-resistant, sharp objects such as knives can put scratches on your quartz countertops over time. These scratches can make it hard for you to clean your countertops.

Avoid Putting Too Hot Materials

Though it is advertised as scratch- and heat-resistant, quartz is not as good as natural stone when it comes to withstanding direct heat from utensils. Because it contains resins, leaving hot pans directly on top of it can cause cracks and discoloration. Always use a hot pad or trivet before you put a hot object over the quartz countertop.

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Conclusion

Quartz is the preferred choice when it comes to countertops because of its aesthetic appeal. You should do regular cleaning to maintain its attractiveness. Just paying a little attention to its well-being can go a long way for your quartz countertops to look neat and pristine for a long time.