Quartz countertops have become increasingly popular, and it is not difficult to see why. Its durability, beauty, and affordable price point all lend itself to being the perfect option for many homeowners.
Since quartz is a man-made product created with resins and recycled materials, it is not only durable but sealed from any bacteria. This is a nice advantage over natural stones. As those need to have a sealing treatment to prevent staining and bacteria from seeping down into your countertops.
While quartz is durable and low maintenance, a consistent cleaning routine is recommended to ensure your countertops remain in pristine condition.
Below, we will walk you through our guide on how to clean your quartz countertops.
Cleaning Routine for Quartz Countertops
1. Wipe down your countertop with mild soap and a soft cloth
Our recommendation is that you clean your quartz countertops on a daily basis. Fill a medium size bowl with warm water. Then add a generous amount of the mild dish detergent. Combine the two ingredients until the detergent is dissolved in the water. Wet a soft cloth and wipe the surface in a circular motion until the entire surface is clean.
2. Scrape away any debris
Scrape away stubborn dirt and grime with a plastic putty knife. Take care to scrape gently when removing excess buildup.
3. Clean up grease with a degreaser
Take a degreasing cleaning product and spray your countertop. Make sure to only use products that do not have bleach and are specifically for quartz countertops. Please follow all of the instructions laid out by the product’s manufacturer as each product is different. After using one of these products immediately wipe off your surface with a cloth and warm water.
Removing Tough Stains
1. Adhesive Remover
Use an adhesive remover such as Goo Gone to rub away tough stains. Spray the cleaner directly on the stain and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes before you wipe it off. Wipe your countertop immediately with warm water and a cloth.
2. Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
To remove pen or permanent marker marks, pour isopropyl rubbing alcohol on the mark and rub the surface in a circular motion with a clean cloth. Then wipe your countertop with warm water and a cloth.
To remove a soap stain or hard water deposit, we recommend a vinegar and water solution mixed 1:1. In a medium sized bowl mix one part warm water and one part vinegar, stir the mixture. Pour a generous amount on the affected area and wipe it off. Then wipe your countertop with warm water and a cloth.
4. Glass Cleaner
For heavy or dried on stains, spray a glass cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wipe your countertop with warm water and a cloth. Make sure to check with your quartz manufacturer before using glass cleaner as each product is different.
1. Clean up spills immediately
While quartz is stain resistant, it is not stain proof. It will resist stains for a short time, but colored liquids and soap should be wiped up immediately.
2. Use pot holders and trivets
Always place a protective barrier between hot pots and pans and your countertop. Quartz does not stand up to heat as well as its natural stone counterparts. If you do not use a trivet or pot holder under a hot pot you can create discoloration on your surface.
3. Use cutting boards
Do not cut or chop anything directly on your quartz. This will add cuts and scratches in the resin leaving your countertops vulnerable to stains and other issues.
4. Never use harsh cleaners
Products to avoid are sponges, pads, and abrasive cleaners. These products can cause irreversible damage to your countertops. Harsh scrubbing will lead to a dull finish on quartz countertops. Avoid cleaning with acidic or alkaline cleaners such as grill cleaners, oven cleaners, bleach, nail polish remover, dishwasher detergent and paint removers. Most of these methods will void any product warranty you have on your quartz.
Creating a daily habit of cleaning will help keep your quartz countertops beautiful and ensure its longevity.