How to Care for Quartz Countertops

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Caring for Quartz Countertops

Living with Quartz countertops requires little to no upkeep or maintenance. Quartz is a man-made engineered stone and has a non-porous surface making it impervious to most stains and scratches. However, Quartz is NOT heat resistant so be sure to use trivets, hot pads and towels to protect the surface from hot pans. There are no sealers or protectors that need to be applied over the life of your countertop so quartz is considered to be easier to maintain than granite. You can learn more about caring for granite here. Below you’ll find our top tips on how to care for quartz countertops.

Some Quartz Care “Do’s”

  • Do clean often with a soft cloth, mild dish soap and water.
  • Rinse again with water if you use soap and then dry for a nice shine.
  • Do use a plastic knife or putty knife to remove dried or stuck on stains.
  • Do disinfect when needed with a 50/50 mix of Isopropyl alcohol and water
  • Do use regular non-acidic cleaners if you prefer.

Some Quartz Care “Don’ts”

  • Don’t use acidic cleaners like vinegar, bleach, ammonia or citrus cleaners.
  • Don’t clean with any sort of abrasive cleaner or scouring pad.
  • Don’t slice or cut directly on the quartz surface, always use a cutting board!
  • Don’t place hot pots and pans directly on the surface of your quartz.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Be aware that many commercial cleaners contain acids and abrasives. Always check the ingredients if you are in doubt. Cleaning quartz countertops with Soft Scrub and other abrasives can dull the finish of your countertop if you are not careful. Keep a plastic knife or putty knife in a drawer for removing difficult residues. Follow up with soap and water and dry with a micro fiber cloth. Like granite, the recommended method for disinfecting your quartz surfaces is a 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water combined in a spray bottle. Spray to lightly cover the surface and allow the solution to sit for five minutes. Wipe dry with a microfiber cloth or soft absorbent towel.

Does Quartz Stain or Scratch?

Quartz is a very hard, non-porous surface and can take far more abuse than granite. That being said, there are still some risks for staining with permanent markers and other inks. Use caution when working on a quartz surface and clean any risky stains immediately. Your Countertop Contractor at Keystone Granitewerks will be happy to help if you discover a stain that is hard to remove. Our experienced team can point you towards products that will solve most of your surface dilemmas and can also provide information from the manufacturer of your quartz countertop for recommended products.

Your quartz countertops can hold up to most anything but heat. Never place hot pots directly on the surface, keep trivets and potholders handy. Though the quartz surface is scratch resistant it is best to use cutting boards when slicing and dicing. The surface may hold up well, but the quartz is so hard you could really damage your knives.

Have More Questions about Caring for Quartz?

Contact Keystone GraniteWerks today! Our experienced team of countertop specialists would be happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for or installing quartz countertops in your home.

Mike S.

Warsaw, IN

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