Engineered quartz kitchen countertops are extremely popular for kitchens and bathrooms these days. When we built our house we chose quartz over granite mainly because it is harder and stronger. The question we ask ourselves now is “How to Clean Quartz Countertops”?
How to Clean Quartz Countertops
The material is available in a variety of colors and patterns. It is composed of quartz stone, resins, and pigments. Quartz countertops are very strong, stain and heat resistant, don’t harbor odors, and don’t require a sealer like natural stone needs. With regular care, you can easily keep your quartz countertops clean and shiny. Here are a few maintenance tips.
The best way to keep your countertops clean is by wiping them down daily with a mild detergent and warm water using a soft cloth or dish rag. Wiping spills up immediately is recommended. You can also use an all-purpose or glass cleaner, a solution of white vinegar and warm water, or a disinfecting wipe. There are also cleaners available that are specifically marketed for use on quartz countertops.
It is not recommended that you use a scouring pad, bleach-containing cleaners, or abrasive powdered cleaners. For more intense cleanup you can use a degreasing agent or disinfectant cleanser. Just spray, wipe clean and then rinse with a warm water and a soft cloth. Again, make sure any quartz cleaner does not contain abrasives or bleach that can harm the natural stone look.
Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn’t porous like granite, it’s easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free. – HGTV
Caked or Dried Matter
Your counters are going to inevitably succumb to things that require a little bit more than just a wipe with a damp cloth. Hardened food, chewing gum, glue, and even spilled nail polish will need some elbow grease. In an effort not to scratch the surface, using a plastic scraper or putty knife is your best option. Don’t be tempted to use a steel wool pad. After gently scraping the dried matter off, clean normally, as directed above.
How to Clean Tough Stains on Quartz Countertops
While natural quartz countertops are somewhat stain resistant, there may be times when you need a little extra help to remove something that could stain the surface. For instance, the juice of red beets has been known to leave a stain if not wiped up immediately. Also, a rusty metal can leave a ring that stains the surface if left there long enough. Should you use quartz cleaner?
For potential stains, try a citrus based cleaner. These would include cleaners that are lemon oil or orange oil based. You can also try adding a few drops of natural citrus essential oils to water and wiping the stain, or even using a piece of fresh lemon.
Cleaning Quartz Countertops Daily
Wiping down your quartz countertops daily is good practice and a preventative measure. You will be amazed by how little work is required to keep these durable surfaces clean and shiny with regular maintenance.
Which do you prefer? Granite or quartz counters? Do you have any tips or tricks on how to clean kitchen countertops?