How to Clean Quartz Countertops
How to Clean Quartz Countertops
Although Quartz Countertops are priced at $50 per sq. ft., the quantity and quality that this countertop provides you with is money well spent. Quartz countertops provides you with unbeatable performance, durability, its scratch resistance and sophisticated in appearance.
Furthermore quartz countertops require little maintenance to keep the luster and appearance looking brand new. Unlike laminate countertops, which require specific supplies for maintenance, quartz countertops can easily be cleaned daily using a sponge or cloth dipped in warm water mixed with a mild liquid dish detergent.
If you have stuck on gunk, let a bit of the water detergent solution sit for about five minutes to soften and then clean.
Cleaners you Should Avoid Using on Quartz
Like any other countertop on the market, quartz can be permanently damaged if exposed to strong chemicals. Do not use household cleansers that contain chemicals like Trichlorethane and Methylene chloride.
These chemicals are commonly found in paint removers, paint strippers and bleach and can alter the way quartz looks by etching and dulling the surface. Other cleaners to avoid include oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents, ammonia based products and cleaning products that contain high alkaline or pH levels of 8.5 or higher.
Avoid using scrubbing pads or anything abrasive to clean counters as these can also dull or scratch the surface.
Products that have oils or powders are likely to leave a residue and need to be rinsed off thoroughly. If your counter comes into contact with any of these things, rinse with water immediately which should prevent damage.
Removing Stubborn Stains From Quartz
I have yet to see a countertop that is stain proof and until one is invented we will continue to wage war on removing stains from our countertops. Whether it be a coffee, gum, nail polish, marker, glue or a food stain, quartz countertops make it easy to remove such residue.
Using Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol can be used as a solvent to remove many types of stains such as: blood, marker stains, and ink. Simply dip a clean rag in a small amount of rubbing alcohol and gently apply it in a circular motion to the stain. Rinse with warm water (using a clean cloth) then wipe dry.
Using Baking Soda
To clean coffee, tea, juice or wine stains from quartz, make a paste of baking soda and warm water (about the consistency of toothpaste). Gently clean the stain, do not scrub hard, when finished rinse with water to completely remove the cleaner then wipe dry.
Quartz tends to be more heat resistant than other stone surfaces. That does include granite, limestone, marble and others. These stones can withstand temperatures up to just under 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Countertops that are made from these stone materials can, however, be damaged with rapid temperature changes leaving etch marks and color changes to the surface. It is highly recommended you avoid placing hot pots an pans directly on your countertops. Instead use hot pads, trivets, pot holders and coasters as water rings from a glass or bottle can leave staining.
Cleaning daily and knowing how to clean and remove stains will keep your quartz countertops looking great for years to come.
This is a guest posting from Melanie Tavora at Countertops & Beyond, Inc.