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How To Care For Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a popular kitchen countertop material due to its hardiness and ability to withstand even the harshest conditions.

As kitchens are well-acquainted with endless chopping, slicing, and heavy objects, it only makes sense to make sure your kitchen countertops are prepared to endure this abuse. 

How To Care For Quartz Countertops

Made of a mixture of quartz, resin, and pigments, quartz countertops are as practical as they are beautiful.

As a result of this, it’s important to understand the maintenance requirements for these countertops to prolong their lifespan and keep them looking beautiful for years to come. 

It might come as a surprise that quartz countertops are surprisingly low-maintenance and require minimal cleaning.

However, it’s still important to care for the countertops regardless. Here is everything you need to know about how to care for quartz countertops! 

Commit To Daily Maintenance 

For quartz countertops to remain in their beautiful original condition, they require daily maintenance. Not only does this work to protect and clean the surface from spreading bacteria from food, but daily cleaning will save a lot of cleaning time in the future. 

It doesn’t take long to wipe down quartz countertops every evening. Once you’ve washed up the dirty cutlery and plates from your dinner, simply use a clean rag and a mild detergent to wipe down the surface.

You can also use a cloth with warm soapy water, as this will help to loosen any stubborn food lingering on the countertop. 

We recommend against using harsh detergents that are high in acidity, because this can actually work to wear down the quartz surface and reduce its pigmentation. 

Weekly Cleaning

Regardless of the type of countertop you have in your kitchen, it’s always good to give the countertops a proper clean once a week alongside your daily cleaning.

Daily cleaning is good for giving the countertops a general wipe down, but weekly cleaning can work to preserve the lifespan and quality of the countertop.

Make sure to remove anything on the surface, including appliances and utensils, to get rid of any debris and dirt. 

However, you won’t need to commit to a yearly clean with a quartz countertop. Unlike granite or marble countertops, quartz never needs to be re-sealed!

Clean As You Go 

The best way to keep your quartz countertop in good condition is to clean as you go. If you’re cooking and you accidentally spill oil or sauce onto the countertop, wipe it away immediately before it has a chance to cause a stain.

Likewise, even if you spill a bit of water or leave a water ring on the countertop, it takes about 2 seconds to wipe the water away.

Sure, quartz countertops are hardy and won’t exactly be damaged by watermarks, but stains can be tough to remove if you leave them there for too long. 

Don’t Use Bleach 

If you do find an accidental stain on your quartz countertop, we don’t recommend using bleach to get rid of it. Bleach is an incredibly harsh chemical that might get rid of the stain, but it will also stain the countertop itself.

As quartz countertops are notoriously beautiful to look at, the last thing you want is to impact the stunning pigment with bleach. 

Instead, you can either use a diluted bleach solution (as long as it’s very diluted), or a degreaser that does not contain bleach.

Window cleaning solution is a lesser-known stain remover in households, as it has the ability to remove even the toughest of stains in carpets and rugs.

If you have a glass window cleaner in your cleaning cupboard, use it on your quartz countertop to remove stains! 

Ideally, the best types of cleaning solution for quartz countertops are ones that are formulated to specifically clean stone surfaces. 

Removing Tough Stains 

If you’ve tried glass window cleaner and a degreaser but the stain is far too tough to be removed, there is something else you can try.

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol is good for removing stubborn stains without affecting the quality of the quartz countertop (unlike with bleach).

Just make sure to properly clean the surface with warm water afterwards to remove the rubbing alcohol, otherwise you run the risk of spreading the harsh chemicals into your food. 

Use Chopping Boards 

Whatever you do, don’t chop directly on a quartz countertop! Quartz countertops might be hardy, but that doesn’t mean they won’t develop cuts and slices that can’t be removed.

Make sure to always use a chopping board when preparing food - even if you’re simply slicing a loaf of bread, to protect your quartz countertop from developing scratches and getting chipped. 

Use A Plastic Scraper 

We’ve all accidentally left a bit of food or sauce on the countertop only for it to dry into a stubborn area of crud.

Sure, you can try scrubbing at it with a scouring pad, but these abrasive materials can potentially scratch the quartz surface. Instead, use a plastic scraper to scrape off the dried food.

This method is also handy if the surface is stained with dried paint!

Use Coasters And Mats 

Quartz has the ability to crack under the pressure of extreme temperature such as mugs filled with hot drinks and saucepans.

Even if the surface doesn’t crack, directly placing hot objects on a quartz countertop can lead to discoloration.

Make sure to use coasters, mats, and trays to protect the quality of the quartz countertop from hot objects. 

Keep Hold Of Warranty Certificate 

While quartz countertops are hardy, that doesn’t mean the material is immune from breakages. In the rare circumstance that your quartz countertop cracks, make sure to keep hold of the warranty certificate.

This should give you information on who to call to fix the crack and what you can do to prevent further breakages. The certificate might also tell you if you’re viable for a refund or replacement if the original installation was faulty. 

Conclusion

So, there you have it! While this might seem like an extensive guide, it’s surprisingly easy to take care of quartz countertops. 

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