Do you want beautiful, low maintenance kitchen countertops? You probably do.
And so do many other people, which is why they are choosing quartz for their kitchen counters.
This material is engineered by mixing natural ground-up stone with resin and binding agents to create beautiful stone patterns. Sometimes, other pigments are added as well to get creative designs or a more uniform color.
Before you have them installed, you should learn how to care for quartz countertops. Check out what you need to know here!
The Routine Clean
Daily care of a quartz countertop is pretty basic. A bit of dish soap and warm water should do the trick. Be sure to use a soft cloth like a microfiber one to wipe down the counter each day.
Quartz is not porous like granite and therefore, fairly resistant to stains. But you should still wipe up spills quickly, especially acidic ones like lemon juice, before they have a chance to dry.
If a spill does dry, try spraying it down with all-purpose or glass cleaner. Then, gently scrub with a nonabrasive sponge to clean away the mess.
In Sticky Situations
What if you run across dried crud or gunk stuck to the counter? Before getting it wet, try to scrape it up with a plastic putty knife or stiff spatula. This works for a variety of dried spills like
- nail polish
- sticky, gummy foods like candy
Once you get the gunk off, clean as normal to remove any leftover bits or stains the gunk may have left behind.
What about Grease?
It’s a kitchen, so you’re bound to end up with grease on the counter on occasion. For mild grease spills, you can use the same routine cleaning methods we already mentioned — soap and warm water or glass cleaner.
If the grease is proving to be a bit more stubborn, go for a commercial degreasing product. Spray it on and wipe away the grease. Make sure that the solution doesn’t contain bleach, or you run the risk of damaging your countertop.
Care for Your Quartz
Quartz is a hardy, durable material that can stand up to normal wear and tear very easily. That’s one of the qualities that makes this material a popular choice for kitchen countertops.
To ensure that your quartz countertops stay in tiptop shape, there are a few precautions that you can take.
Quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 degrees F when the resin used in manufacturing quartz begins to melt. But that doesn’t mean you should set your steaming hot pans directly on the countertop. It doesn’t handle the dramatic temperature change too well and can crack.
Using a hot pad under hot dishes is a quick and easy way to ensure that your quartz stays intact.
Another no-no is cutting things up directly on the counter. Quartz is durable, but repeated blows with a sharp object like a knife can scratch the counter.
Now You Know How to Care for Quartz Countertops!
It isn’t difficult to learn how to care for quartz countertops. This resilient material can hold up to a lot and is very low maintenance.