Quartz countertops are one of today’s most beautiful and low-maintenance options for your home. Made from the strongest natural mineral found on earth and mixed with resin, it's nonporous, mold and mildew-resistant, stain-resistant and easy to clean; perfect for any busy kitchen. Homeowners love it for its durability, antibacterial qualities, and of course, its timeless beauty. But how do you keep quartz countertops looking beautiful and new for years to come? We will let you in on a little secret, you won’t have to seal, condition or polish it. To help you keep your quartz countertops in top condition we have put together some helpful tips along with dos and don’ts to maintain quartz countertops.
Cleaning Quartz Countertops
How often should you clean your quartz countertops? Today’s kitchens experience more traffic than ever before, which may result in them needing to be cleaned more often. By having quartz countertops inside of your kitchen or bathrooms, chores are made simple. We’ve put together some easy-to-follow dos and don’ts to help you care for your quartz countertops and keep them clean.
- Wipe down with a damp, soapy cloth or paper towel.
- Use Windex without Ammonia or any natural surface cleaner in addition to the soap and water solution, if desired.
- No strong chemical cleaners.
- No ammonia-based products.
- No floor strippers or oven cleaners.
- No steel wool pads.
Tackle Spills & Stuck on Messes
Spills happen all throughout the home, luckily, quartz is a nonporous surface excellent at handling spills. This exquisite countertop option resists mold, mildew, and bacteria. It also resists stains from many products such as wine, oil, coffee, tea, soda, fruit juice, and even makeup. All quartz needs is a quick wipe with soap and water, then you’re done! Here are some recommendations on how to care for spills on quartz countertops.
- Blot the spill with a clean cloth and your countertop will look as good as new.
- Mix OxiClean into a paste then apply gently with a soft plastic pad.
- Clean with a Magic Eraser.
- Create a paste with baking soda and warm water then apply to the stain. Do not leave it on for more than five minutes.
- Countertop polishers and quick cleaning polishers will bring out the beauty in your quartz without leaving a streaky residue.
- Steel wool products or scourers.
- Abrasive cleaners.
- Lemon cleaners.
Hot Pots and Pans
Protect your countertops from hot pans, dishes, and small appliances that reach high temperatures by using a potholder or a trivet. Extreme changes in temperature can cause cracks or warping in your quartz countertop. While quartz countertops are heat-resistant to a certain degree, we recommend taking special care when handling hot pots and pans to avoid any significant damage.
- Allow pots and pans to cool before placing on a surface. (Cast iron may take longer to cool.)
- Keep in mind that brief contact with hot pans and pans won’t create problems.
- Use trivets or hot protection pads.
- Avoid placing cookware taken from the oven or burner directly on the surface.
- Avoid exposure to open flames.
- Avoid leaving hot fat or oil spills on the surface. Clean immediately.
Although quartz is one of the easiest surfaces to care for, here are some additional helpful tips and general rules to keep in mind:
- Abrasive cleansers and scouring pads can dull quartz surfaces.
- Highly acidic products such as lemon cleaners or high in alkaline commonly found in oven cleaners and concentrated bleach, can disintegrate the bonds between the quartz and resin.
- Quartz is heat-resistant up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged exposure to heat can cause it to crack.
- Use a cutting board whenever chopping or slicing foods to avoid scratches and preserve quality.
- Quartz is not meant for outdoor use. Direct sunlight and weather can cause colors to fade, and the surface risks warping or splitting.
Build Your Dream Home with Quartz Countertops
If your home currently has quartz countertops in it we hope this information is useful in maintaining and caring for them. Are you thinking of bringing the beauty of quartz into your dream home, these tips will help you care for your countertops for years to come. To see our variety of quartz and other premium countertop options please visit one of our award-winning design studio or check out our countertop catalogue. Ready to start building your dream home? Please feel free to give us a call at (435) 228-4702 or begin by filling out the form below.