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October 2020

How To Clean Quartz Kitchen And Bathroom Countertops

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How To Keep Quartz Countertops Clean

If you are thinking about investing in quartz countertops for your home you may be wondering what the maintenance will be to ensure your countertops are properly taken care of. Whether you are seeking to buy quartz counters for your kitchen or your bathroom, it is a countertop material that many homeowners are extremely happy with. Quartz countertops are often described as a low maintenance surface. Proper care and maintenance are quite essential if you are wanting to keep your kitchen or bathroom countertops in tip-top shape! Follow along with Onslow Stoneworks for tips on how to clean quartz countertops. 

Steps For Cleaning Quartz Countertops

Step 1: Wipe Your Quartz Counters With Mild Dish Soap And A Soft Rag

Take a non abrasive or microfiber cloth and dip it in a warm water mixed with soap. Take the cloth and begin to gently but firmly wipe down the quartz countertop. Wipe them down as often as you need.

Step 2: Scrape Off Dried Gunk From The Quartz Surface

We recommend using a putty knife to scrape off any dirt or food. Be mindful and only scrape gently when you are removing any excess buildup so you don’t permanently damage your quartz countertop. For easy and fast access, we suggest keeping a putty knife in a nearby drawer so you can grab it when you need to remove buildup off of your quartz countertops. Countertop care is quite simple. All it takes is getting the right information and doing a little bit of research.

Step 3: Wipe Off Grease Using A Degreaser

Take the degreasing agent of choice (make sure it is safe to use on quartz) and spray it generously on your quartz countertops. make sure the spray does not have any bleach because this will damage your quartz countertop. If you are going to use disinfectant wipes they must also be free of bleach. After all of this, you are going to want to immediately rinse off the surface using a sponge or wet towel. 

  • Only get cleaning sprays or products that are made specifically to be used on quartz counters
  • Contact our team at Onslow Stoneworks anytime you are not sure about a specific product when you are wanting to clean quartz countertops
  • At Onslow Stoneworks we recommend using Granite Gold products. The Granite Gold Daily Cleaner has a pH neutral, non-toxic, safe for use on all food-prep surfaces and doesn’t damage the protective seal! You can find these approved stone cleaning products available at our showrooms located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City!

How To Remove Stains From Quartz Counters

Step 1: Removing Tough Stains From Your Quartz Countertops

You will need some adhesive remover to rub away tough stains. Pour the cleaner directly on the stain and let it stay there for 5 to 10 minutes before you wipe it off. Once you have wiped off the counter, you should wipe it off again using warm water. 

Step 2: Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

Take a wet, non abrasive cloth with some isopropyl rubbing alcohol and rub the stain using the cloth. Next, you are going to want to wipe the counter again using just warm water. Be sure to throughly wipe down the countertop after. This will help with any tough stains that would not come off with a simple water and soap mix.

How To Prevent Quartz Countertop Damage

Step 1: Stay Away From Harsh Cleaners

Using highly alkaline or acidic cleaners will damage your quartz countertops. If an extremely acidic or alkaline solution falls on your countertops immediately grab a wet cloth dipped in water and clean it up. Keep nail polish, oven cleaner, turpentine, drain cleaners, bleach, methylene chloride and all other harsh agents away.

Step 2: Clean Up Spills Immediately

Even though engineered stone like quartz countertops are nonporous, you should not let the stains just sit on the surface for too long. You still run the risk of damaging your countertops if you do. You should clean quartz countertops as soon as the spill happens. Permanent stains can occur if the spill was coffee, win, or tea. 

Step 3: Quartz Countertop Protection From High Temperatures

To protect your quartz countertops from really hot temperatures you can use mats or trivets to place your hot pans and skillets on. You do not want to place an extremely hot pan directly on your quartz countertop because it will damage the surface. If you will be sipping on citrus like drinks, make sure to use coasters. Citrus liquids can damage quartz counters. 

Step 4: Use A Cutting Board

Cutting and chopping food directly on your quartz can be tempting because quartz is durable but we do not recommend it. We encourage you to keep a cutting board close by and use it when chopping, cutting or slicing food. Quartz is scratch resistant but they are not scratch proof. Another reason why cutting boards matter is because your knives will get dull if you are cutting directly on the countertop.

If you are looking for more countertop information or design tips, check out our blogContact us today or visit one of our showrooms in North Carolina located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to get started on your next project!