In this article, we will share with you all that is to know about how to clean quartzite countertops. Let us give you a clue, it’s really easy.
Some Quartzite Facts
Quartzite is a natural stone, formed out the fusion of sandstone with quartz crystals at unthinkable levels of heat and pressure. As a result, quartzite is really hard, almost not at all porous.
Still, as a natural material, quartzite still requires some minor maintenance and cleaning. We will tell you how to do it.
Sealing Quartzite Countertops
We will start with sealing, cause depending on what sealer is used on your stone, the maintenance requirements may vary a lot.
As a natural stone, quartzite pores, if left unsealed, are able to suck up liquids, which might lead to stains.
For that reason, if you’re using a common sealant, we recommend you perform yearly applications. However, recent developments on the sealing field make it possible to use higher-grade sealants and forget about it for years.
Do consult with stone supply specialists on this matter.
If you notice that your stone surface is getting darker around the sink area, that’s a sign that it’s time to seal your quartzite countertop again. Start by totally cleaning and drying it.
Common sealant application is quite simple, and with due care, can be done by the homeowner. It usually starts with spraying and wiping the product and then leaving it to dry.
However, we should, of course, remember you to read carefully the manufacturer instructions on the product label. Also, keep in mind that sealers are strong chemical products, ensure good ventilation so you’re not breathing it as well.
After waiting for the cure time informed by the manufacturer, you will be free to use your countertop again. There is no need to worry about food contamination as long as you follow the instructions thoroughly.
If you’re having any doubts during the process, or would like to use a premium sealant, get in touch with a countertop specialist. If you’re living around Sarasota, we will be happy to assist.
Some excellent sealer choices are:
- Aqua Mix Sealer and Coating Remover
- DuPont StoneTech Professional Bullet Proof
- Aqua Mix Sealer Choice Gold
If everything is alright with your stone sealing, there won’t be much to do on the cleaning side.
How to clean quartzite countertops?
Properly sealed surfaces won’t be susceptible to stains easily, so all you need to do is to clean your countertops during usage with water and mild detergent. You can use a cloth, a microcloth or carefully a sponge.
It’s as simple as that, and you can do it as you use the countertops, or incorporate it on your cleaning routine. If the countertop is not being used, you might as well just dust it off.
The important thing to remember here is to avoid acids, both on cleaning products and spills. The rule of thumb is, if a spill happens, you clean it as soon as possible, even faster if it’s an acid spill.
We’re talking about:
- Lemon juice
- Orange juices
Those spills will happen from time to time, and your sealant can handle them. However, acids will reduce the sealant’s effectiveness. This is nothing to go crazy about, when it happens, clean it as soon as possible. Remember: water and mild detergent.
Some people like to clean their houses with solutions that involve vinegar and lemon. Those are great for cleaning and removing smells, keep’em miles away from stone countertops though.
Actually, you can swap mild detergent for neutral soaps, or specifically designed stone cleaners, so keep that in mind. We just see no need to do so.
Unless you have a bigger problem on your hand than normal day-to-day cleaning.
How to remove stains from quartzite countertops?
To remove stains you will need specific cleaners. One technique you can apply is to use commercial stain remover poultice or make your own with baking soda and water paste.
Spread it over the stain and cover it with plastic wrap for 2 days. Wipe it clean, check the results and if necessary, repeat the process.
Quartzite Countertops Restoration
If you’re having more serious issues or your stains are not coming out, don’t worry. There is always something we can do. The same holds true if you have old stone surfaces that are cracking, chipping or discoloring.
Stone specialist service providers can restore your natural countertops by hard polishing and using other techniques. You’d be surprised by the results.
Count On Us
We are confident that now, you know all you need about how to clean quartzite countertops. We want you to also know you can count on us.
If you need help with making your countertop look great again, are wondering how to keep it new, or considering acquiring a quartzite countertop, don’t think twice. Give us a call.
Eagle Stones is the leading provider of stone products and services of Sarasota, FL.
If you want to see amazing options of quartzite slabs for your kitchen remodeling projects, our showroom is the perfect place to start, come visit. We will be happy to clarify any of your queries.