How to Care for Quartz Countertops How to Care for Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are harder to damage than most other countertops. Even though they do not require polishing, some care is still needed for this popular granite-like option to ensure it maintains its luster. When caring for quartz countertops, avoid quick changes in temperature and do not use hard pressure. Furthermore, only use non-abrasive cleaners when cleaning the countertop. Here are three of the best methods for cleaning and maintaining a quartz countertop.

Routine Cleaning

Check with the specific manufacturer and/or installation company to ensure you're using cleaning products that are safe for your specific countertop. You can also look for cleaning products online and in stores that are specifically formulated for quartz countertops.

General Cleaning

A woman cleaning a kitchen countertop.

Clean the quartz countertop daily with soap and water, preferably using a soft rag and a mild detergent. Fingerprints tend to be more visible on honed (smooth and flat) surfaces, so wipe the countertop down more frequently if needed.

Stuck-On Gunk

Use a plastic scraper or plastic putty knife to scrape away hardened spills such as gum, food, or even paint. Keep a scraper stored nearby for quick access and take care of the gunk as soon as you notice it.

Grease Spills

For grease spills, use a non-bleach, degreasing cleaner. Spray the countertop with your chosen degreaser and disinfectant cleaners. You can also use disinfectant wipes that are bleach-free. Immediately rinse with a wet rag or sponge.

Occasional Deep Clean

Some quartz countertop brands recommend using glass cleaners while others advise against it, because ammonia-based cleaners may cause quartz to fade over time. Make sure the glass cleaner is compatible with your specific brand of countertop. For an occasional deep clean, spray the glass cleaner on the surface and allow the cleaner to sit for five minutes or so. Wipe it clean with a wet cloth.

Tough Stain Removal

Gooey Stains

Gooey stains like sticker adhesive or caramel will require rubbing with an adhesive remover, such as Goo Gone. For particularly tough gooey stains, pour some cleaner onto the stain and wait five to 10 minutes before wiping it up. Afterward, use warm water to clean the countertop thoroughly.

Stubborn Stains

Stubborn stains such as permanent marker and dye cannot be removed using soap and water. For these types of stains, use denatured or isopropyl alcohol. Wet a rag with the alcohol and rub the stain out. Clean the counter thoroughly with warm water after.

Countertop Damage Prevention

Avoid Letting Stains Set In

Quartz countertops will resist some stains over a short period of time, but some stains will permanently leave their mark on quartz such as coffee, tea, and wine. To avoid these stains from setting in, wipe up spills immediately using water and mild detergent.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

A white tea cup.

Quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 degrees. However, quick changes in temperature, known as thermal shock, can permanently damage your countertop. Place mats or trivets below anything hot to prevent thermal shock. Place coasters under any particularly cold beverages.

Use Cutting Boards

Quartz countertops are highly resistant to scratches, but they are not scratch-proof and sharp objects have the ability to damage the quartz. Therefore, never cut anything directly on top of the counter. Always use cutting boards as a barrier.

Avoid Harsh Cleaners

Examples of cleaners to avoid are turpentine, bleach, oven cleaner, drain cleaner, nail polish remover, dishwashing agents, and methylene chloride. If any of these cleaners come into contact with your counterop, clean it as soon as possible with a mild detergent and rinse with warm water.

Avoid Hard Pressure or Force

Be extremely careful when moving or transporting a quartz countertop and avoid dropping heavy objects down onto your countertop. Hard pressure or force can crack and chip the surface. Doing so could void your warranty.

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