Any house that chooses to have quartz countertops is surely going to showcase a classy and beautiful kitchen interior. This is because, despite its semi-synthetic qualities, it comes very close to natural stone. Hence, it achieves a natural aesthetic, minus the cost.
Quartz countertops are also low maintenance. For one, it no longer needs sealing and resealing from time to time. It is already made harder and more durable upon its initial manufacturing process. It is made of 93 percent quartz and 7 percent resin and other binding components. With this, quartz becomes an almost perfect slab. This is because the process results in a nonporous material that withstands scratches.
Hence, when equipped with the right technique and geared with the right products, one can easily make sure that quartz countertops remain in polished shape.
Clean Your Quartz Countertop Daily
The lifespan of something is always lengthened when it is kept clean on a daily basis. Dirt is never a welcome sight and it should never be allowed to fester on a surface for too long.
When you observe this practice on your quartz countertops, you can be sure that you will maintain its polished look.
Not much is needed to clean basic dirt off your countertop. All you really need is a spray bottle filled with water and some mild soap. Drop some of the detergent or soap on the dirtied surface, then spray the water above it to spread and dilute. With a soft cloth, just brush off gently from end to end of the countertop.
Turn this into a daily part of your cleaning routine in your kitchen. You can be sure that your quartz countertop stays polished for a long time.
Invest in a Polishing Product
Yes, you can go ahead and create a home-made polishing product. Most people create a 25 percent vinegar to 75 percent water solution. Using a spray bottle, you can sprinkle and wipe your counters with this one.
This is an economical and natural way to do it and perhaps it gives the same results. However, you can always purchase vinegar-based spray cleaners too. This will have a more refined mixture.
Right Way to Deep Clean
Some people would think that scrubbing hard on a dirty surface will ensure a deeper cleaning. This is not always true.
Yes, you will have to scrub the dirt off, but you will not need to do it so hard if you allow your cleaning products to soak and sit on the surface for a few minutes before actually wiping it off. This is to give the solution enough time to coat and break the stain or hardened dirt off the countertop.
Of course, sometimes, some dirt becomes too stiff for soaking to be effective. When this happens, you can use a putty knife to scrape off some of it. Just be careful to not scrape off the surface of the countertop.
A tip here is to be quick on cleaning off stains and dirt before they harden on the surface.
One would think that cleaning equates to disinfecting. This is not always the case. While some cleaning agents have antibacterial properties, it is always best to have a special product dedicated to disinfecting alone. This is an important part of your quartz countertop polishing because your kitchen is where you prepare food.
With the right product, all you have to do is spray it on your clean and dry countertop. Then, let sit for a few minutes, before wiping off the residue. After this, you can be confident and sure that the food you are cooking for you and your family is bacteria-free.
There are also antibacterial wipes for your kitchen if you are the kind who prefers this kind of product. Regardless, the important thing here is to always remember to disinfect.
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A polished quartz countertop not only refers to a clean and shining kitchen. It should also be free from scratches and major damages.
The kitchen is where hot pots and sharp knives are a normal sight. This means, scratching the surface of your countertop is inevitable. Hence, it is important that you are able to address it immediately in order to bigger damages, such as chips, which are not that easy to fix.
Here are the basic steps to addressing a scratch:
First Step: Clean the Area with the Scratch
Sometimes, you can never really see the entire damage until you are able to clean the area properly. This is important so you will know how big of a scratch you are dealing with.
Second Step: Fill Deep Scratches
There are products you can purchase that are for filling in the deep scratches on your quartz. Make sure you follow the instructions on the products. In a nutshell, what you have to do is apply the product on the scratches using a syringe and let it sit overnight.
Third Step: Polishing
Once done with the second step, you can observe some stiff residues in the area where you applied your filler. You can carefully scrape off the excess resins and then proceed to polishing and cleaning. While this three-step method seems to be easy to achieve, sometimes, there are scratches that are too difficult to deal with on your own.
The presence of scratches in your kitchen is not to discredit all that you do to care for your home. It is only natural that your granite countertops experience wear and tear over time.
Some small scratches are easy to fix and can be completed by yourself or another family member. But if your quartz countertop is already showing significant chips or signs of damage, it may be worth your time to invest in a new countertop altogether. Our team at Granite Selection can work with you to modernize your space and bring your kitchen to life.
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.