In this post, we talk about how to clean your quartz countertops and the durability of this material that continues to be installed into more and more kitchens.
As quartz countertops continue to grow in popularity, we hear more and more questions about them.
People want to know how durable they are, whether they will scratch, and of course, how do you clean quartz countertops?
About quartz countertops
During the past two years, more homeowners than ever are installing quartz countertops in the kitchens of their homes and the trend shows no signs of slowing down soon. Quartz has become a popular choice because of its natural appearance, strong durability, and low maintenance. Unlike granite countertops, you’ll never have to re-seal your quartz.
Quartz counters are scratch-resistant, bacteria resistant, and another feature people love – it’s easy to clean.
Even though it is easy to clean, quartz is not stain-proof or scratch-proof, so you definitely want to make sure you’re taking proper care of them and protect this beautiful investment in your home.
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What do you use to clean quartz countertops?
- Warm water
- Mild dish soap
- Soft cleaning cloth
- Nonabrasive sponge
- Degreasing cleaner
- Plastic putty knife
- Glass cleaner
Cleaning quartz countertops
For the most part, cleaning quartz is simple. That’s one of the advantages of quartz that makes it one of the best materials for kitchen countertops.
The best thing for cleaning quartz countertops is mild dish soap, water, and a soft non-abrasive cloth. That’s it! You should have all those things in your kitchen right now.
Though quartz is stain-resistant, it’s not entirely stain-proof, so it’s always best to clean up messes on quartz counters as soon as possible. Your counter shouldn’t stain just because you spilled a glass of wine on it, but if you don’t clean it up and let it dry on the surface overnight, it could.
Cleaning your quartz countertops, like any countertop, should be done daily to keep it clean and germ-free. Just mix equal parts warm water and mild dishwashing liquid and wipe your counter off thoroughly.
For tougher cleaning, such as hardened food, dried grease, and other items, you may need to use a plastic putty knife to scrape something off before wiping it down. Don’t use an abrasive scouring pad, which could scratch the surface over time. You may also need a mild degreaser to break down hardened grease. Make sure it is labeled safe for quartz surfaces. Don’t use cleaning products with bleach in them.
Glass cleaner is very effective on quartz countertops. A little glass cleaner and a soft paper towel or cloth can clean up most spills on a counter. It also won’t leave any streaks, which can be helpful in some shades of quartz that may show streaks more easily. It’s the little secret of clean and shiny counters.
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What not to use on quartz countertops
- Scouring pads
- Abrasive cleaners
- Harsh cleaning solutions
- High pH substances
Is Windex safe for quartz countertops?
You can use mild surface spray glass cleaners such as Windex® and mild household cleaners such as Formula 409®. Harsh cleaners with Chlorine bleach should be avoided.
Is vinegar safe for quartz countertops?
Although vinegar is sometimes recommended for cleaning, we don’t think you should use vinegar on your quartz counters. It will effectively clean the surface but because vinegar is acidic, you can risk discoloring the surface. Ask your quartz countertop supplier to be sure.
Is rubbing alcohol safe for quartz countertops?
You can use rubbing alcohol as a cleaner for tougher stains if you mix it with mild dish soap and warm water.
How do I make my quartz countertop shine?
You can get a great shine on your quartz countertop using the basic methods listed above. Wipe down with warm water and mild dish soap on a soft cloth, rinse and dry with a soft cloth and then after drying, wipe it down with mild glass cleaner solution.
For information on quartz countertops, contact us online, visit our showroom, or call 314.533.3366
Graniterra is located in St. Louis, Missouri and supplies natural stone and granite countertops and provides expert installation from our in-house team. With over 30 years in the stone business, we have the knowledge & experience to deliver a perfect project. Request a quote