You recently upgraded your countertops to quartz, and your kitchen or bathroom looks great! The main question now is, how do you keep them always clean and looking good? Whether you installed the countertops for your bathroom or the kitchen, quartz countertops are easy to clean and care for; they are very low maintenance.
Proper maintenance and care are essential to keep your countertops looking their best. Below is a guide on how to clean quartz countertops, remove tough stains, and protect them from damage:
The right routine for cleaning your countertops
This is a guide on how to do everyday countertop cleaning:
- Use a soft rag and a mild dish cleaning soap to wipe down the countertops
Take a soft sponge or a cloth and dip it into a mixture of soap and warm water. Take the cloth or sponge and firmly but gently wipe the quartz top. You can clean the countertops as many times as you need until clean.
- Scrape off any dried junk and dirt from the countertop surface
We advise that you use a putty knife to scrape off any dried food from the countertops gently. Be careful when scratching and don’t be too rough when removing the dry food or build up from the counter. For fast and easy access, keep your putty knife nearby in a drawer. Taking care of your quartz countertops is quite easy. All you need is to do some little research.
- Use a de-greasing agent to wipe off any grease
Use your preferred de-greasing agent, and ensure it’s safe to use on quartz. Generously spray it on the countertop and rinse it off using a soft wet towel or a sponge. Ensure that any products you use on the quartz don’t have bleach as it causes damages. Even when using disinfectant wipes, ensure they don’t contain bleach. You can try to use products that are specifically made for cleaning quartz. Ask your supplier if you’re not sure about specific products.
How to Remove Tough Stains From the Countertops
Sometimes wine, coffee, or tea can spill on the countertop. These beverages can cause the countertop to be stained. Use below tips to remove tough stains from your quartz countertops:
- Use an adhesive remover
Take some adhesive remover and a wet rag to rub away any tough stains. Pour the cleaner on the stain, let it sit for around 10 minutes, and then wipe it off. You should use some warm water afterward to wipe the counter. Adhesive cleaners work best because of their sticker-like qualities which help pull off any tough stains
- Use an isopropyl based rubbing alcohol
Using a wet towel and some isopropyl rubbing alcohol, wipe down the stain until the surface is clean. Ensure you use warm water. This is the best procedure for any tough stains that wouldn’t naturally come off using the standard warm water and soap mix.
- Use a glass cleaner to deep clean your quartz countertops
Purchase a safe glass cleaner to use when deep cleaning your countertops. Spray a generous amount on the countertop and let it sit for some minutes before wiping it down with a clean cloth. While some quartz countertop companies discourage their clients from using glass cleaners, some encourage it. Ensure you consult your supplier before applying the glass cleaners on your quartz counters.
How to Protect Your Quartz Countertop From Damages
Most people think that quartz is damage resistant. While it’s a strong and durable material for countertops, if not well taken care of, it can be damaged. Below are tips to protect your countertops from damage:
- Immediately clean up any spills
Quarts is known for its resistance to stains; however, you shouldn’t let a spill sit for too long. The spills may damage your countertops. You can leave the spill for a while if you don’t have time to clean up, but don’t let it sit for too long. Use some warm water and mild soap and wipe off the spill with a soft cloth. Coffee, tea, or wine can cause permanent stains of left sitting on your countertops for too long.
- Protect your countertops from extremely high temperatures
Use trivets and mats when placing hot pots, electric skillets, or hot pans on the countertop to protect them from high temperatures. Placing a hot object directly on your counter will damage it. Also, ensure you use coasters when taking citrus drinks as they don’t mix well with quartz.
- Use a chopping board
Chopping and cutting foods and vegetables directly on your countertop may be tempting as quartz is known for its hard and durable qualities. However, we don’t recommend it. We advise that you use a chopping board for slicing and cutting food. While quartz is considered scratch-resistant, always keep in mind that it’s not scratch proof. Using a chopping board will also protect your knives from damages.
- Keep away from harsh cleaners
Harsh cleaners often have a high level of acids or alkaline. They will not only damage your countertops; they may also cause irritations to your hands. If highly acidic or alkaline liquid spills on your countertop, quickly grab a wet cloth dipped in a mixture of mild soap and warm water and wipe it off. Keep oven cleaners, nail polish, drain cleaners, methylene chloride, bleaches, and other highly acidic and alkaline agents away from your quartz countertops.
Quartz countertops don’t require much cleaning. They are easy to maintain as they are often stain-resistant. However, if you don’t take care of them, they will get damaged and stained. Ensure you follow all the above steps to keep your countertops in perfect condition.