So, perhaps you’ve got brand new quartz countertops installed in your kitchen and you’re eager to clean them? Or maybe you’ve had quartz countertops for a while now, but there’s one stubborn stain that you can’t seem to scrub away? Whatever your quartz countertop cleaning quandary is, we’ve got the tips and tricks you’ve been waiting for!
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What is Quartz, Anyway?
Quartz is a hard mineral with a crystalline structure found in the Earth’s crust. Because of this, it’s extremely durable, more so than granite, believe it or not. Quartz is virtually non-porous, making it a superb material for countertops- no pores means no dirt, grime, or bacteria can penetrate its surface.
With that being said, quartz does still have a few weaknesses you should be aware of. This includes abrasion (don’t use any harsh scrubbing materials), high heat (try not to rest hot pots or pans directly on a quartz surface), and highly acidic products (bleach or other acidic chemicals should not be directly applied to quartz for cleaning purposes or any other). So, now that you know the strengths and kryptonite of quartz. Let’s get into some more specific Dos and Don’ts of cleaning quartz countertops below.
White Quartz Countertops
When it comes to white quartz countertops, using the wrong countertop cleansing materials can lead to permanent discoloration. Of course, this is the very last thing you want for your luxury countertops. To avoid this, be sure to use “quartz-friendly” products and nothing too abrasive.
More specifically, scrubbing brushes, rough sponges, and bleach should be avoided on all quartz countertops, but especially white ones. The last thing you want is for your classy white quartz counters to turn yellow. Additionally, to ensure your quartz countertops are of the highest quality, ask the manufacturer what sealing process was applied to them; unsealed quartz countertops are more likely to hold onto dirty and dust, accelerating the discoloration process.
Black Quartz Countertops
With black quartz countertops, improper care methods can also lead to long term discoloration. However, with black quartz countertops your biggest risk is discoloration from soap residue (this is because dish soap often contains bleach). To avoid this be sure to employ the proper cleaning regiment; and also, be careful not to leave wet dishes or glasses that might have soap residue on your black quartz countertop for long periods of time.
Overall, with the proper care and cleaning products, your quartz kitchen countertops will stay looking new for years to come. Just be sure to use a non-abrasive material, such as a soft sponge or cloth, and no acidic cleansers. Your best options are traditional warm soapy water, glass cleaner, or any product that mentions being safe for quartz.
Stubborn Stains on Quartz Countertops
Perhaps you have tried the tips and tricks above on a tough dried-in stain, such as old gum, and the warm soapy water we mentioned just isn’t cutting it. Believe it or not, when it comes to a tough material like quartz, you can be tough right back! Gentle use of a putty knife or razor blade is sure to pick up the material without scratching your gorgeous kitchen countertops.
Using Vinegar on Quartz Countertops
If you enjoy creating DIY cleaning solutions for your home, perhaps you’ve heard of the powerful cleaning properties of vinegar. While it’s true that vinegar’s highly acidic nature can cut through stains, dirt, and dust like nothing else, there is something else you should know.
Highly acidic products, like vinegar, are not recommended for the longevity of quartz countertops. Repeated use of acid products will eventually cause discoloration, the last thing you want in your luxurious kitchen. To prevent this, if no other options are available, you can occasionally use vinegar to clean your countertops; just make sure it’s been substantially diluted with water first.
We hope our quartz countertop cleaning guide was helpful! Whether you came here to figure out how to treat everyday dirt and dust, or a more serious stain, we hope you found the answers you were looking for. The bottom line is, as long as you’re not directly applying high heat or acidic or abrasive materials to your quartz countertops, they should stay looking good as new for years to come.
Thanks for stopping by! And if you’ve got a different quartz countertop conundrum, let us know in the comments below; we’d love to help!