Quartz is a very hard and durable material. It is rated 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, just 2 notches below the hardest stone, diamond. It is also known for having intricate yet elegant colorways and patterns. This is why a lot of high-end restaurants and hotels use it as countertops for kitchens and bathrooms. It is also a favorite in a lot of homes. Quartz is also not porous unlike a lot of natural stones. This characteristic makes it easy to clean and maintain. It also helps with longevity as it is resistant to chemical penetration.
Despite the almost bulletproof description of quartz, at the end of the day, it is still a natural stone. Natural stones still wear and are prone to chemicals. This is why quartz still needs a bit of TLC every once in a while to help it shine and last long. Frequent cleaning can also prevent bacterial and fungal growth. These are stuff you definitely want out of your kitchen.
Cleaning White Quartz countertops
Routine Cleaning and Maintenance
The routine cleaning of white quartz is easy and made of a few simple steps. Depending on the size of your countertops, an investment of 5-10 minutes after using should be more than enough.
You will only need to prepare a bowl of water and soap mixture, a sponge or microfibre towel, and some patience. Simple dip the sponge or towel in the soapy water and wring it. A few suds may surface. This is what you are looking for. Gently wipe the towel or sponge on the entire quartz countertop surface while inspecting your work as you go. You might want to focus on the greasier areas. Some dirt and grime might not come off after the once over. You may need to repeat the process 2 to 3 times. After this, take a clean dry microfibre towel to dry off any soapy water residue. Make sure not to leave any wet spots as standing water can cause watermarks and are a favorite environment of bacteria and fungi.
After prepping food on the countertops, it is advised that the cleaning be done sooner rather than later. Residue can harden and stick. The 5-10 minute job now might take a lot more later.
Cleaning for Extreme Cases
Some kitchen activities can cause stains and leave residue on your quartz countertops that are hard to remove. Here are some steps that you can do at home with household tools and materials for cases that require more attention:
There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not to use glass cleaners on quartz. The truth is that the devil is in the details. There are glass cleaners that are quartz-safe and there are some that can cause mild to moderate damage. Please check the label and look out for strong acids or bases. Also, check your stone top’s warranty to make sure you only use cleaning techniques prescribed by the manufacturer.
If glass cleaners are safe for your particular quartz countertop it can help in removing tough stains, adhesives, and residue that have stuck on the surface. It is also really simple to use. You just have to spray the glass cleaner on the entire surface. More sprays will be needed on debris or residue that has already caked into the granite. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes then wipe off with a microfibre cloth.
Degreasers and Adhesive Removers
Glue or glue-like residue and grease are common in the kitchen especially in the countertops since this is where a lot of the prep work is done. This is more obvious on white quartz countertops. The use of adhesive removers and a degreaser is the best way to clean white quartz countertops. Application of small portions of degreasers and adhesive removers then wiping them off will generally do its job. Keep in mind though that there are chemicals that can permanently damage the resin. Please read the label and your countertop’s warranty to make sure the cleaning agent is quartz safe.
Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is particularly good in disinfecting jobs. It kills off most of the microbes. Since the kitchen has an abundance of food and other organic substances, it is unfortunately also a favorite of bacteria and fungi. One way to steer clear of microbial growth is to disinfect with isopropyl alcohol. It is also exceptionally good at white quartz countertop stain removal. All you need to do is spray and let it sit for around 3-5 minutes. This is better than using other household materials such as vinegar or apple cider which can corrode the resin. After wiping off the isopropyl alcohol, wipe the countertop with a microfibre cloth soaked in warm water. Then dry it.
Mistakes when cleaning quartz countertops
Although quartz is among the hardest stones out there, there are still things that you need to steer clear of to prevent any damage. Keep in mind that the surface is usually coated with resin that gives you with that gleaming shine. It can wear off and scratch too.
First, any stone or coating is highly reactive to strong acids and bases. Stay away from these kinds of substances. Prolonged exposure can actually dull the surface of the stone. Being natural in nature it is prone to reacting with acids and bases.
Next, be mindful when placing hot substances on the quartz countertop. Cleaning should only be done with materials at room temperature or warm at the most. The resin which gives you protection and shine can actually melt.
Put a little effort into cleaning, and your countertops will look just as sparkling as our Bianco Pepper quartz.
With a little care and some knowledge, quartz countertops can last you a lifetime. It is durable and less porous than most stones making maintenance and cleaning a breeze. In any instance that you might need professional help, Granite Selection is an expert. We are a leading supplier of natural stones. We are located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and service the surrounding 70-mile area. Give us a call at (888) 906 3317 for any natural stone supply or service needs.
Is it safe to use vinegar or lemon when cleaning my quartz countertops?
Although advertised as tough and strong, acids can trigger a chemical reaction that dulls the quartz surface. Avoid at all costs. Soapy water and cloth should handle a majority of your cleaning needs.
What brand of cleaner should I use?
Quartz comes in different varieties and coatings. The best thing to do is to check with your manufacturer or your warranty which cleaning agents to use. Also always refer to the label of the cleaner and look for ‘quartz safe’. Checking on both should put you in a safe place. Quartz specific cleaners are also available in the market.
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Paul Batashev is the owner and CEO of Granite Selection. The company began in 2011 Pay Less for Granite and has been transforming homes since 2011 with its expertise as a kitchen countertop company and manufacturer of fine custom granite countertops.