Quartz is becoming the number one option when it comes to countertops. The material is not exactly new (it was created in the 60s), but its popularity increased a lot over the last years for being an alternative to granite and marble.
Since quartz is a manufactured product, unlike granite and marble that are natural stones, most people don’t know how to clean it properly and which product should be used without damaging the stone.
Fortunately, cleaning a quartz countertop is not an impossible mission. In this article, we’re gonna give 2 simple cleaning guides that will help you maintain the beauty of your countertop.
How to clean quartz?
Quartz countertops are well-known for being an almost maintenance-free material, but proper care and cleaning are essential to keep your kitchen looking good and tidy. Check the guides below to learn how to clean the stone!
Before you start, you’re gonna need some tools and products to help you out:
- Soft cloth
- Dish soap
- Razor blade (or putty knife)
- Degreaser (without bleach on it)
All set? Let’s clean!
- Step 1: Make a mix of warm water and dish soap, then dip a sponge or a soft cloth on the mixture and rub the countertop as many times as needed.
- Step 2: If there is any gunk that you couldn’t remove just by rubbing, you can scrape it off with a razor blade or a putty knife. Just remember to do it carefully to not scratch the surface. After you removed everything you could, rub the water and soap mix all over the countertops one more time.
- Step 3: Spray a degreasing product all over the surface and leave it for a couple of minutes. Remember to choose one that doesn’t have bleach or any abrasive cleaner on the formula, otherwise, it will damage the stone.
- Step 4: After letting the degreaser for some minutes, rinse the surface with a sponge or wet towel, then dry the countertop with a soft cloth.
If your countertop has some stubborn stains or you tried the previous steps and didn’t work, you can try the next guide. First, you’re gonna need:
- Soft cloth
- Dish soap
- Adhesive remover cleaner
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Glass cleaner
- Step 1: Start by using adhesive remover, pour the cleaner directly on the stained spots and let for 5 to 10 minutes before removing it. Wipe off the product with a dry cloth, then wipe it again with a wet cloth, preferably with warm water.
- Step 2: If the adhesive remover didn’t work completely, take another cloth and with some isopropyl alcohol and rub the stained spots one more time, then rinse the surface with warm water.
- Step 3: If none of the previous options work, you can use a glass cleaner. Pour the product over the stained spots and let it for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a wet cloth. Before using a glass cleaner, check with quartz companies if is okay to use it on your countertop.
How to prevent stains and damages on quartz?
- Don’t use any abrasive cleaners, like bleach or ammonia, on your quartz countertop. Only choose cleaning products that are specific for quartz;
- Do not place hot pans or plates directly over the quartz surface because it can damage the engineered stone;
- Always use a cutting board to avoid scratches and don’t let liquids or foods spill on your countertop;
- If any abrasive cleaner or any acidic food or drink spills by accident, clean immediately with detergent and water.
- Avoid putting anything heavy on top of the countertop, it can chip or crack the stone.
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