Over the last few years, quartz countertops have become a trend and it does not look like their popularity is dropping. 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 requires minimal upkeep and maintenance, unlike other countertops that require sealing on an annual basis.
If you want to maintain your quartz, the marvelous material that gives the look and feel of natural stone on your countertops, you should do regular cleaning to keep it looking great. If you know how to clean quartz properly, you will see that it's are not all hard to care for, but cleaning is important if you want to ensure that your countertops maintain their integrity over the long term.
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 do not need to be sealed like concrete or natural stone surfaces.
In the following guide, we'll show you how to clean your quartz counters using a few different cleaning methods and techniques.
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Routine Everyday Cleaning
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.
Cleaning quartz 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 stuck to the quartz.
Here is a really simple cleaning method using materials that most people will already have at home.
- 1Fill a medium-sized bowl with warm water. Mix a generous amount of mild detergent/cleaning liquid in it.
- 2Stir well until the detergent is completely dissolved in the water. This is your cleaning mixture.
- 3Dip the soft towel in the cleaning mixture and start cleaning your countertop in a circular motion. Repeat this as desired.
- 4Once 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.
- 5Dry the quartz countertop using a dry towel or paper towels.
If you are wary of using harsh detergents 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 area is cleaned to your satisfaction, wipe clean the area off using clean towels and plain water.
If you want to be more thorough in cleaning your quartz countertops, you can invest in specialized products that are formulated specifically for cleaning quartz. You can find these 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 - so be sure to read the label.
If still unsure, 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 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 regularly.
Avoid using a metal knife for scraping because it may leave scratches. Also, avoid using any cleaning liquid or cleaner product that contains bleach because it can be quite damaging. 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 much you try. You may be facing tough stains such as those from a permanent marker, glue, ink, or even paint.
For these kinds of stains, an effective cleaner is isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Here are the steps for safely using isopropyl rubbing alcohol as a quartz cleaner.
- 1In a medium bowl, pour some isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
- 2Dip 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.
- 3Repeat this process if required.
- 4After the stain has been removed from your quartz countertop, be sure to clean off the surface with warm water.
- 5To 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. 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; 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, always make sure that you rinse the countertop 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 surface with a little warm water and then wipe the area clean with a dry paper towel or a clean rag.
The best way to maintain your quartz is by cleaning regularly. Simple cleaning and wiping 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. But, if you simply follow some basic preventive and regular cleaning methods, your quartz countertop can last for a very long time.
Avoid Harsh Cleaning Agents
When you are buying quartz, most manufacturers will provide a list of the do's and don’ts. Always avoid scrubbing 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 cleaning, 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 is best for indoor use because direct sunlight over it can cause it to warp or crack over time.
Avoid Using It as a Cutting Board
Be kind to your quartz 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 countertop over time.
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 on your quartz countertop.
Quartz is a great choice when it comes to countertops because of its balance of toughness and aesthetic appeal. Remember to do regular cleaning to maintain its attractiveness. Just paying a little attention can go a long way to keeping your quartz countertop looking great for years to come.