Your quartz countertop is an investment that deserves proper care and maintenance. If you want it to look its best and last for years, it’s important to clean and maintain your quartz countertops regularly.
And while they’re known for their durability and low maintenance nature, Quartz counters have their own unique care needs.
Fortunately, cleaning a quartz surface is actually quite simple – all you need are basic cleaning supplies and the right technique.
In this guide I’ll break down all the advice from numerous sources like manufacturers, DIYers and industry professionals into easy-to-follow steps so that you can keep your counters looking beautiful for years to come. Let’s jump in!
How to clean quartz countertops from daily use
I used to be an avid user of specialty cleaning products, touted for leaving your kitchen countertops with a beautiful shine. But I couldn’t get over how they always left a waxy, filmy residue that would show each and every one of my children’s fingerprints though.
I mentioned this to one of my friends who just happens to be a home cleaning expert and these are what she recommended to me.
To keep your own quartz counter looking like new despite everyday use, warm water and a soft cloth will usually do the trick for general maintenance.
My go-to cleaning method is rinsing a microfiber cloth in hot water and wiping down the surface. I’ve been super impressed with how it doesn’t leave streaks and residue like a traditional paper towel will. My countertops always shine and never have that waxy film that traditional surface cleaners leave behind.
For tougher stains, the best way to remove them is to warm up a bit of water and add a few drops of dish soap. Dip a soft cloth into the warm, soapy water and gently rub over the surface of your countertop to lift up any residue. If you need to, a non-abrasive sponge can also be used to gently scrub away grime.
If you prefer all natural cleaners you can mix your own solution of water and vinegar or isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle which also acts as a disinfectant.
After washing, use a dry microfiber cloth to dry it off and give it a shine!
The key to easy, regular maintenance of course is to wipe up any spills immediately, but that isn’t always possible. So what if you’re left with stuck on residue and the above methods just aren’t working to clean it off?
A plastic putty knife is gentle enough to use over these surfaces while also providing enough scraping power to loosen even the most troublesome adhesive.
You can also apply a small amount of goo gone to the surface stain to help loosen the residue before attempting to scrape it off. If you resort to using kitchen degreasers like goo gone, be aware they come with a very potent smell and should be cleaned off the quartz surface using a mild detergent soap or ammonia-free glass cleaner.
When it comes to the toughest and most stubborn stains, always refer to your quartz manufacturer for care instructions. While many of these methods are safe for most quartz materials, there are a variety of factors that can affect its surface finish and you don’t want to risk potentially voiding your countertop warranty.
How to clean water stains on quartz countertops
If you’re noticing hard water stains on your quartz countertop, don’t fret! Hard water stains can occur due to a buildup of minerals like magnesium and calcium in hard water sources, leaving white streaks or “scaling” on quartz when it dries.
While hard water isn’t destructive to quartz countertops, the solution is simple: keep your countertops wiped down after use with a soft cloth and cleaner designed for quartz care. Regular maintenance will prevent hard water spots from turning into bigger problems over time.
But if you’re anything like me, you can’t always keep your countertops wiped clean. And these pesky stains are especially noticeable on darker quartz slabs.
I absolutely love my black quartz countertops, but surrounding the sink area means they’re prone to hard water spots. Here’s how to clean them.
The first step is to mix together equal parts of white vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle and shake it well until mixed. Spray liberally over the hard water stains, allowing the mixture to sit for several minutes.
Next, use a soft cloth or nonabrasive scrubber with hot water to gently scrub away the hard water stains. Reapply the vinegar spray if needed and rinse away residue from surface. Then finish by drying off all surfaces with a clean towel
What not to use on quartz countertops
When it comes to quartz countertops, harsh cleaners or abrasive cleaners should always be avoided in order to maintain their beautiful finish.
You’ll want to stay away from acidic liquids such as lemon juice, which can react with the resin binders in the quartz.
And regardless of how stubborn a stain might be, never resort to the following DIY cleaning methods, as they can severely ruin the finish of your quartz countertops beyond repair:
- oven cleaners
- drain cleaners
- nail polish remover
- Abrasive scouring pads
Preventing Quartz Countertop Damage
Although these countertops are notoriously low maintenance, you’ll still want to properly care for them. To avoid damage to quartz countertops, you should always use a cutting board when chopping food.
Yes these surfaces are known for being scratch resistant. But it only takes the wrong amount of pressure when chopping food to cause knicks in the finish.
Always keep hot pots and pans directly off the surface. Opt for using hot pads or trivets to protect your countertops from extreme heat that can damage the resin binders.
With proper care, and routine cleaning, your quartz countertop will look beautiful for years to come.
What cleaning products are safe for quartz?
To recap, the following items can be safely used to clean your quartz counter surface:
- Mild Soap
- Warm Water
- Microfiber Cloths
- Surface Cleaners designed specifically for natural stone countertops
- Ammonia-free Glass Cleaner
- Water & vinegar solution
- Isopropyl alcohol and water mixture for disinfecting
Cleaning quartz countertops isn’t a difficult task at all! With a little bit of extra care and doing your research, you can feel comfortable in knowing that your quartz countertops will look beautiful for years to come.
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