If you are considering natural stone for a kitchen or bath remodel, you may be confused about the various options available. Quartz is one of the most popular options for countertops and floors, but you may have questions about its durability and maintenance. One of the most common questions asked is “Do quartz countertops stain?” There are many myths that circulate about quartz countertops and this question is related to those myths.
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Quartz Countertops Safety and Staining
One of the reasons that people ask, “Do quartz countertops stain?” is because manufacturers advertise them as non-porous. This means that stains do not absorb into the countertop like they do with laminate or other types of countertops. However, this does not mean that quartz countertops are stain proof. Chemicals, solvents, and inks can cause permanent discoloration. If any of these spill on your quartz countertop, wipe them up immediately and rinse with water. Although many people say that they are able to place hot pans directly from the stove onto quartz countertops, it is not recommended. The surface can scorch which will leave a stain. Always use trivets and hot pads under pans on your countertop.
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Wipe Up Spills Quickly
When do quartz countertops stain? If an acidic substance is spilled and not cleaned up right away, it can cause damage to the surface of the counter. Red wine, coffee, tomato sauces and citrus juices can damage the surface of the new quartz countertop, leaving what appears to be a stain. Often, what is thought to be a stain is just a surface substance that is difficult to clean but can be buffed away with some elbow grease. Never use abrasive cleaners on quartz countertops as they can scratch the surface. If substances such as grease or other material remain on the surface and harden, use a blunt plastic scraper to remove the dried material and then clean with a mild soap and warm water.
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Contact the Quartz Countertop Manufacturer
If you do find a stain on your quartz countertop, the manufacturer may have a product that will help remove or lessen the stain. In addition, you can talk to your local natural stone company who may be able to provide tips and advice on how to remove the stain. Often, the stain can be lifted using common household supplies. Products such as GooGone have also proven effective in cleaning stains from quartz countertops but always check with your manufacturer first to be sure the cleaner will not cause further damage.
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