Compared to other surface materials, quartz countertops are newer on the scene. However, they have quickly developed a reputation as a high-end material owing to their many good qualities. Often referred to as an engineered stone, it has all the strength and durability of natural stone.
Quartz is better at resisting surface damage than similar materials. It’s also non-porous and resistant to stains. These very qualities are what make them ideal for commercial and residential kitchens that require natural aesthetics and high-performance.
Its beauty and durability notwithstanding, it must be cleaned and maintained regularly just the same. Fortunately, cleaning and maintainance is easy. Here’s how to make it quick and painless.
How To Do A Quickly Daily Quartz Clean-Up
Dilute one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water and spray it on your counter. Let is sit about a minute before wiping up with a paper towel. For something slightly strong you can use Windex although most brands, Pental and Cambria included, don’t recommend using ammonia, a common ingredient in most Windex formulas.
Spills happen all the time on kitchen countertops. And while liquids like tea, soda, wine, and juices from fruits and vegetables you slice on top of the countertop will not stain it permanently, you still need to wipe any fresh spillage immediately using a soft cloth and mild dishwashing detergent. Don’t wait for them to dry out because it would harden the liquid and make the surface sticky, which would require a bit more effort on your part to clean up.
In case you do fail to wipe the spillage straight away, and the liquid dries out, you then can use a non-abrasive sponge and a glass or surface cleaner. You will also need to scrub a little more vigorously to remove the dried-out spillage completely. For stubborn and hardened messes, you can use a plastic putty knife to gently scrape them up.
Cleaning Cooking Grease
Countertops are also bound to be on the receiving end of cooking grease. Thankfully, there are many degreasing products available on the market today that you can use. No matter how tough the grease, today’s kitchen degreasers can loosen and remove it quite easily. The cheapest and first one to try is liquid dish soap.
How To Remove Permanent Marker From Quartz
Parents will always be proud of their children who show signs of artistic talent, but if their artistry involves the use of your kitchen counter as their canvas, you must do whatever you can to prevent that from happening in the first place.
While you can always tell your children never to make those visual masterpieces on anything but paper, kids will always be kids, so you must expect that somehow, they will find a way to doodle on it, with permanent markers at that.
The best thing would be to protect your countertop by putting down placemats on it. But if permanent marker still makes it onto the surface, moisten a cloth with WD-40 and rub it into the stain vigorously until it disappears. After, use warm water to rinse thoroughly. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser also works well on permanent marker stains and are safe to use on quartz.
Quartz Cleaning Do Not’s
Maintaining quartz, or any type of kitchen work surface for that matter, is as much about avoiding doing certain things as it is about cleaning stains.
While cleaning is easy, there are some cleaning products you should never use on it.
Scouring pads are a no-no. So are abrasive cleansers like Bon Ami. You must also make sure chemicals like nail polish remover, turpentine, commercial drain cleaners, oven cleaners, dishwasher rinsing agents, and undiluted bleach don’t come into contact with it. The harshness of these substances can cause the bonds between the quartz and the resin that bond it together to disintegrate and eventually damage the surface. Use water to rinse the exposed surface thoroughly should any of these chemicals find their way onto your countertop.
Exposing the countertop to extreme heat could also damage it. Quartz is heat-resistant, but temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit can melt the resin used in manufacturing it. The countertop may also crack if it gets hit by a sudden change in temperature. Considering these risks, always use a hot pad or a trivet if you’re putting something hot on it.
While quartz countertops have a reputation for being resistant to scratches, they are not designed to be scratch-proof. Cutting, chopping, or slicing food directly on the surface will eventually leave its mark there, so remember to use a cutting board at all times.
It’s easy to clean and maintain a quartz countertop. Just follow the instructions listed above, and you’ll have a kitchen countertop that will remain a thing of beauty for a long time.
About The Author
Samantha Jones is the countertop and cabinet content specialist at Superior Stone and Cabinet , the go-to source for custom and wholesale cabinets in sunny Phoenix, AZ. When not in the office, Samantha really enjoys gourmet cooking and traveling with her pup. She is also an avid reader.
Updated: October 21, 2018