One of the reasons quartz countertops have become a staple in modern kitchens and bathrooms is due to their elegance and durability. Their sparkling surfaces not only elevate the aesthetics of a room but also offer resistance against staining and scratching. Yet, like all precious things, they demand care.
Whether you’ve just had quartz countertops installed or are considering making the switch, this guide will cover everything you need to know about daily maintenance, what cleaners to avoid, and tips to ensure your countertop remains pristine for years to come.
Daily Maintenance of Quartz Countertops
A little effort can go a long way in maintaining the elegance of your quartz surfaces.
Use a soft microfiber cloth or non-abrasive sponge with warm, soapy water. Wipe the surfaces daily to prevent build-up of dirt and grime. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry to avoid streaks.
Immediate Attention to Spills
Quartz is generally resistant to stains, but it’s always best to wipe spills immediately, especially acidic substances like lemon juice, vinegar, or wine.
Cleaners to Avoid
Quartz is a resilient material, but certain cleaners can compromise its shine and integrity. Here’s a list of no-nos:
Steer clear of scouring pads, abrasive cleaning products, or anything rough, as these can dull the surface.
Avoid cleaners containing bleach, turpentine, nail polish remover.
Alkaline and Acidic Cleaners
Highly alkaline or acidic cleaners can degrade the surface over time. This category includes liquid drain cleaners that could accidentally splash on countertops. Many of these products contain strong chemicals such as lye that can damage the resin that binds the quartz particles.
While quartz is remarkably tough, it’s not invincible. Here are some preventive measures:
Use Cutting Boards
Avoid direct cutting on the surface to prevent potential nicks and scratches.
Quartz can handle heat to some extent, but we recommend always using trivets or hot pads under pots and pans. For quartz bathroom countertops this includes hot hair appliances.
Avoid Excessive Pressure
Do not stand or apply heavy pressure on your countertops, especially near the edges. This can cause cracks or chips.
Tips to Ensure Your Quartz Countertop Stay Looking New
While quartz maintains its sheen for a long time, occasional polishing can amplify its luster. Use a gentle polishing compound made specifically for quartz and apply with a soft cloth.
Sealants Not Required
Unlike granite, quartz surfaces are non-porous and don’t require sealing. So, you can strike that off your todo list!
Regularly Inspect the Condition
Check for minor damages, chips, or any seams that might need resealing. Addressing small blemishes with professional repairs will ensure your investment retains its value.
Quartz countertops are an ideal blend of beauty and strength. By following a few simple guidelines, you can ensure they remain a centerpiece in your home for years to come.
Have questions about cleaning and maintaining your quartz countertops? Call the Twin Cities natural stone experts at All American Granite.
The Twin Cities’ Destination For Quartz Countertops
Whether you’re undertaking a complete kitchen or bathroom makeover, or just updating the countertop, the design professionals at All American Granite can help you every step of the way – from expert design advice and selection, to professional fabrication and installation.
Visit our Burnsville showroom to start your dream quartz countertop project today!