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Quartz countertops are not only eye-catching but also give the old granite countertops a good run for their money. That’s why they are a popular choice for many kitchens and bathrooms. They are strong and durable, and they resist scratches and stains.
However, like all surfaces, they require proper care and maintenance if you want your kitchen countertops to keep looking their best.
And the good thing is quartz countertops are also pretty low maintenance, so it’ll be really easy to take care of them for years to come. Follow along with this easy guide on cleaning your quartz countertops the right way!
Routine Cleaning for Quartz Countertops
Although it’s easy to remove regular stains like spilled juice or ketchup from the countertop, routine cleaning of quartz countertops is required. Here’s how to go about routine cleaning:
Step 1: Start by dusting the surface of the countertop with a soft cloth. This will remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the surface.
Step 2: For dried gunk and residue such as bubble gum, nail polish, paint, or food, use a flexible plastic scraper to scrape off the residue without any fear of scratching the countertop.
Step 3: If there are any spills or stains, you can use mild dish soap and warm water solution to clean them up. Use a non-abrasive sponge and dip it in the dish wash solution to wipe off mild spills or stains. Be sure to rinse the area well afterward.
Deep Cleaning A Quartz Countertop
Quartz countertops require deep cleaning only if there are a lot of spills. The longer the stain remains, the harder it is for you to remove it.
With time, grease from food starts to form a thin layer on the top which cannot be easily removed by dish soap or hot water. Therefore, to make sure that the layer of grease is not formed on the top, turn to the amazing cleaner called vinegar.
Mix 2 parts vinegar with 2 parts warm water in a spray bottle and generously spray it over the entire countertop.
Let it sit for a minute and wipe clean with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth.
Wipe it again with clean water.
If you don’t want the smell of vinegar hanging around the room, you can mix some essential oils with it to make the kitchen smell pleasant.
Removing Tough Stains From Quartz Counter
If you have a tough stain on your quartz countertop, don’t despair. There are several ways to remove stains from quartz, and with a little elbow grease, you can get your countertop looking as good as new. Here’s a short guide to removing different types of stains from quartz counters:
1. Permanent marker
Stains from permanent markers are quite easy to clean on quartz countertops because of their texture. Use Goo Gone on the stain to easily get it off.
Make sure to rinse the top thoroughly with water after using such products on it.
2. Cooking grease
If mild soap does not seem to work on cooking grease, there are several products such as Easy-Off which you can turn to. They are degreasers that loosen the grease and help clean your countertop easily.
You can use any other degreaser as well but make sure that it does not contain any bleach as bleach damages quartz.
3. Limescale stain
If you have limescale stains on your quartz countertop, there are a few ways to remove them. First, you can try scrubbing the stains with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water.
If that doesn’t work, try using a vinegar and water solution. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water, and apply it to the stains with a soft cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it away with a damp cloth.
If the stains are still there, you can try using a commercial limescale remover. Follow the instructions on the product, and be sure to test it in an inconspicuous area first to make sure it won’t damage your countertop.
Also, quartz countertops come with a guide to maintain them. That is, there are certain dos and don’ts of the same. To make sure that your countertop looks brand new forever, adhere to these tips for maintaining it.
Long term Maintenance and Preventing Damage
1. Regular Cleaning of Quartz
Quartz countertops are hassle-free, to begin with. All they require is regular cleansing and a little bit of maintenance, to keep the shining and texture brand new.
Unlike granite tops, quartz countertops do not need to be sealed at regular intervals. The best way to maintain one is through regular usage and cleaning.
2. Clean Spills Immediately
No matter what type of countertop material you have, it’s important to clean up spills as soon as they happen. This is especially true for quartz, as it is a porous material and spills can quickly become stains. The worst thing you can do to your quartz countertop is to ignore the spills and leave them as it is.
Use a soft cloth to blot up any liquid and then clean the area with mild soap and water. If the spill is oil-based, you may need to use a stronger cleaner.
3. Be careful With Sharp Objects
Quartz countertops are very strong, but they can still be scratched and chipped if you’re not careful. Use cutting board whenever possible and avoid placing hot pans directly on the surface.
If you do accidentally scratch your quartz, you can usually have it repaired by a professional. To scrub the harder stains and bumps off the countertop, always use non-abrasive scrubs and cleaners to protect the surface from scratches.
4. Don’t Use Harsh Cleaners
Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals or abrasive cleaners on quartz countertops, as they can damage the surface. Instead, stick to mild soap and water or a gentle all-purpose cleaner.
5. Avoid Exposure to High Temperatures
Keeping hot plates, pans, and utensils directly on quartz surface can increase the risk of them melting (from heat above 300 degrees Fahrenheit), and even cause them to crack.
Use hot pads and trivets to keep the surface safe.
6. The Installation
Quartz countertops are not meant to be installed outside due to the heavy risk of it developing cracks inside of it because of severe weather conditions.
In addition to it, all manufacturer warranties cover inside use only. Installing outdoors can fade the color and texture of the surface.
7. Avoid Metal
Never use metallic products on the quartz countertop for removing stains, like knives or even spoons. Rather, use plastic to scrape off the remains of the stain. Also, using sandpaper, pumice stone, or usage of hard-bristled brushes is bad for your quartz.
In addition to regular cleaning of your quartz countertops, use degreasers for deep cleaning of the surface from time to time. Deep cleaning is important because, at times, certain stains do not come off easily with regular cleaning. Be sure to rinse the countertops well after cleaning them with any degreaser.