Comment by The AQK Team on December 19, 2016
How To Clean Your Quartz Countertop | Keep Them Looking New
Unlike its all-natural counterpart quartzite, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed—ever! The resin that quartz is binded with locks out any mold, mildew, and bacteria. So all this is great, right? But you can’t just let the resin do all the work for you. You do still have to clean your quartz countertop to keep it in tip-top shape. We put together a quick guide for you to help keep your quartz looking as new as the day you bought it!
Keep Your Quartz Clean!
The resin that makes up less than 5% of your quartz countertop and binds the stone and pigment together does a great job at sealing out any stains or bacteria. But you can’t expect it to do all the work!
So when you accidentally spill some red wine or get some beet juice on your quartz countertop, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible! Use a mild detergent like dish soap and a soft cloth. For tougher stains, you can up the ante with some glass cleaner (like Windex), and a non-abrasive sponge. Don’t use the scrubby side of your dish sponge because that will harm your countertop. Use the soft side and put a little elbow grease on it.
If you don’t regret your decision to fry up some French fries or dumplings but do regret getting grease on your quartz counter, we’ve got you covered. Use a product like Goo-Gone that is meant for de-greasing. Follow the instructions on the package and use a soft cloth to wipe away your spill.
So your kidding is a budding artist and happened to get some Sharpie on the kitchen counter. Yikes. Obviously you should take precautions to avoid this because permanent markers are meant to be, well, permanent. But if you catch it quick you should be ok. Just use some Goo-Gone or a similar product with a soft cloth again. Then, clean the residue with a clean damp towel.
It’s good to clean your quartz countertops quickly and regularly, but it never hurts to do a good deep cleaning every now and then. Once a month or so, just spray down your quartz with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then wipe away and go on with your busy life!
DANGER! Avoid These
So as you can see, keeping your quartz countertop clean is pretty easy. Barring any major accidents, all you really need to do is use a mild clearner and wipe down your countertops.
But what kind of stuff should you not do to your countertops?
Here’s a quick list:
- Use harsh cleansers or abrasive sponges: Quartz is a tough material, but if you want to keep it looking as new as the day it was installed, you have to be gentle with it. Don’t use harsh products like nail polish remover or drain cleaner on your countertop. Luckily, quartz is so stain and germ resistant that all you need to do is some light cleaning!
- Apply intense heat: One of quartz’s claims to fame is how heat resistant it is. If you need to quickly place down a hot pan before you move it onto a trivet, go ahead. But don’t place very hot materials on your quartz for long periods of time, as it could crack!
- Cut without a cutting board: Very sharp knives can put little scratches in your quartz, which will make it dull and can ever harbor bacteria! So just remember before you slice and dice your veggies to put down a cutting board.
Love Your Quartz Countertop?
We hope you love your quartz countertop, whether we installed it or not! If you every have any questions about maintenance or upkeep of your counter, don’t be shy; give us a call or stop in the store!
Don’t have a quartz countertop yet? Make sure it’s the right material for you with our comparative article.