Quartz Countertop Care
Cleaning quartz countertops is relatively straightforward. Quartz is a non-porous engineered stone that is resistant to stains and bacteria. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean quartz countertops effectively:
Materials you will need:
- Warm water
- Mild dish soap or quartz cleaner
- Soft cloth or a sponge
- Non-abrasive cleaning pad or a soft-bristle brush (optional)
- Paper towels or a clean, dry cloth
Clear the Countertop: Remove any items, dishes, or debris from the countertop to have a clean surface to work with.
Dust or Sweep: Use a soft cloth or a dry microfiber cloth to gently remove any loose dirt, crumbs, or dust from the surface. This helps prevent scratching when you start cleaning.
Prepare a Cleaning Solution:
Fill a container with warm water and add a few drops of mild dish soap. Mix it well to create a soapy solution or use quartz cleaner.
Clean the countertops: Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the soapy water solution, wring it out so that it’s damp but not dripping, and wipe down the quartz surface. Work in small sections to ensure thorough cleaning. For stubborn stains or dried-on spills, you can use a non-abrasive cleaning pad or a soft-bristle brush to gently scrub the area. Be sure not to use anything abrasive that might scratch the surface.
Rinse and Dry: After cleaning, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe off any soap residue from the surface. Then, immediately dry the countertop with a dry cloth or paper towels to prevent water spots or streaks.
Buff for Shine (optional): If you want to achieve a glossy finish, you can use a separate, clean, dry microfiber cloth to buff the countertop gently in circular motions.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners, such as bleach or abrasive scrubbing pads, as they can dull the surface or cause damage.
Blot Spills Quickly: While quartz is resistant to stains, it’s still a good practice to blot up spills, especially acidic substances like lemon juice or wine, as soon as possible.
- Heat Resistance: While quartz is heat resistant to a certain extent, it’s advisable to use trivets or hot pads under hot pots and pans to avoid thermal shock or potential damage.
- Sealing Not Required: Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz countertops are non-porous and do not require sealing.
By following these steps and maintaining your quartz countertops properly, you can keep them looking pristine for years to come.