Quartz countertops are a popular choice for kitchens – and no wonder. They look as beautiful as natural stone, are hygienic and easy to look after. Really, what’s not to love about this kitchen countertop material?
Like everything in your home, however, quartz countertops require the appropriate cleaning and maintenance system. That way, they look just as good as the day they were fitted into your room.
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How to clean and maintain quartz countertops
In order to keep your quartz countertops in perfect condition, you should familiarize yourself with everyday life. You should wipe crumbs and dust off the surface with a damp cloth every day. The best cloth is a microfiber version that is gentle on the quartz surface.
If you want to use a cleaner on the quartz surface, you can use a mild detergent solution. Don’t use too much, however. A few drops of warm water are enough. You can opt for a general household cleaner instead, just make sure it’s a gentle product with a balanced pH.
If you spill something on a quartz countertop, don’t wait to do your daily cleaning – quick intervention is key. Quartz is not porous, but you should wipe it off immediately as it can still be marked. Again, this is a microfiber cloth that you will want to use for the task. Rinse the surface, then buff it dry with a dry microfiber cloth.
How to remove stains or marks on a quartz countertop
Grease is a common cause of stains, but you can remove it from quartz countertops. Get a household cleaner (see guidelines above) and apply it with a scratch-resistant cleaning pad. Rinse immediately.
If a stain proves difficult to remove, you can get the same product help. This time, let the cleaner in contact with the stained area for a few minutes, then work on it with a scratch-resistant pad. Again, make sure you rinse thoroughly.
If something you spilled turns out to be difficult to remove, use a mild detergent solution and a scratch-free pad. Rinse off with warm water when you’re done. If that’s not enough, it’s time for household cleaners like the one above. Always work the stain with a scratch-resistant pad and rinse thoroughly.
Spilled something that has dried on the countertop? Food, paint, or chewing gum can be scraped off with a plastic scraper. Here are the precautions: Be careful and hold the scraper at an angle so you are working on the debris and not scratching the surface.
Can you use vinegar on a quartz countertop?
Live in an area with hard water? If lime is spoiling the look of a quartz countertop, you can call the old favorite to get rid of it. Yes, get the white vinegar out of the cupboard along with the other trusted remedy, the baking soda. Make a paste with equal parts of vinegar and baking soda and apply it to the surface and leave for about 10 minutes. Remove the paste with cold water on a microfiber cloth. Keep in mind that you may need to repeat this process if the hard water stain is stubborn.
What shouldn’t you use on a quartz countertop?
Quartz countertops are easy to maintain, but there are some things that you shouldn’t use if you want to keep them in their original condition.
Never use an abrasive cloth or abrasive cleanser, steel wool, pumice stone, or a stiff brush on a quartz countertop. They can damage the surface and cause it to lose its shine. OK, you’re not going to make it unusable since quartz is a permanent surface, but it doesn’t look that good. We mentioned earlier that a microfiber cloth is used because it’s soft and won’t damage the quartz surface, but still does an effective job.
Make sure you don’t use harsh detergents on the surface either. We’re talking about products like bleach or oven cleaners.
Some quartz suppliers recommend products like Formula 409 and Windex to remove grease and stains from quartz. However, please read the instructions provided by your manufacturer as using a product that is not recommended could void your warranty.
How to bring the shine back to a quartz countertop
If your quartz countertop has lost its shine, it may be due to debris on the surface. If you haven’t used mild dish detergent to clean it, now is the time to give it a try as it can bring shine back by removing grease.
The problem could also be caused by buildup of detergent. If so, a special stone cleaning product, also designed for use on quartz, is the thing.