If you are considering adding quartz countertops to your home, it is critical that you know the best way to take care of them. Whether you want the counters in your bathroom or your kitchen, you will find that quartz countertops are extremely low maintenance but they do require the proper care to remain beautiful for many years to come.
Mild Dish Soap and Soft Rag
The first step in cleaning your quartz countertops is to use a soft cloth or sponge dipped in a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Use the cloth or sponge to firmly but gently wipe down the countertops. You can and should wipe them down as often as possible. It is also important to wipe up spills because, even though quartz resists staining, some substances could cause stains if they are left to dry on the counter.
If something dries on your countertop, use a putty knife to gently pry the hardened material from the counter. It is suggested that you purchase a putty knife just for this use and keep it in a kitchen drawer so you can grab it when you need it.
No matter how hard you try not to, you will get grease splatters on your counters. It could be from cooking bacon for breakfast or a spilled plate filled with grilled meats. Choose a degreasing agent made specifically for quartz counters and spray it generously on the countertops. The spray should also be free of bleach which could damage the surface of your countertops. After you spray, wipe the area quickly with a soft rag or sponge. You may then want to polish the counter with another soft cloth to avoid any streaks.
If it appears something has stained your countertop, use a cleaner like Goo Gone directly on the stain. Allow it to stay for five or ten minutes before wiping. Once you have wiped the cleaner off, wipe the area again with a clean cloth with warm water. Another option if you do not have Goo Gone is to use caramel. Although this sounds unusual, caramel has qualities that may cause the other gooey stain to release from the countertop.
Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
Some stains on quartz counters may be removed using isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Use a wet rag with alcohol added and rub the stain. Once the stain has been removed, rinse it again with warm water. You can do another application if the stain does not lift immediately.
There are mixed thoughts on whether you should use glass cleaner on quartz. Some manufacturers believe that it is fine to use on the surface. The best option is to speak to your quartz installation company to see if glass cleaner is recommended on the type of quartz you choose.
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