How To Clean Quartz Countertops

Updated: Nov 11

Quartz is an artificial, durable material for kitchen countertops. Strong, stain-resistant, and heat-resistant, your kitchen countertop will last you for years. However, quartz still requires some care to keep it looking its best. Cleaning quartz and other engineered stone tops are simple. It’s essential to avoid staining, scratching, or disintegrating your stone. Quartz surfaces are made from resin-bound quartz crystals, so they don’t require the same maintenance as other naturally occurring countertop materials. To get them looking beautiful again in no time,

The best way to clean them is to use dish soap, warm water, nonabrasive glass cleaner, microfiber cloths, and nonabrasive sponges. Maintain clean quartz countertops daily, and you won’t have to worry about any damage to your quartz countertop down the road.

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Cleaning Quartz Countertop

Can you use Clorox wipes on quartz countertops?

Now, many Clorox wipes are bleach-free. You can use them occasionally for deep cleaning, but they shouldn’t be the first thing you grab. It would be best if you weren’t using Clorox wipes daily, or even often, on quartz countertops because they have citric acid, which can be very harsh on your counter. Long-term use could lead to discoloration of your quartz surface.

What should you not clean quartz countertops with?

In addition to avoiding Clorox and Windex, you shouldn’t use anything with abrasive or harsh chemicals to clean your stone countertops. That means skipping bleach, degreaser, oven cleaner, scouring pads, or other alkaline cleaning solutions or disinfecting formulas with high pH levels. These highly acidic cleaners will damage the countertop and ruin its integrity. Using them on other items ensures the spray doesn’t land on the stone surface. To prevent stubborn gunk from building up. It’s best to stick to mild detergents, soapy water, and gentle cleaning products. Keep up with a daily maintenance routine rather than trying to go back in with a deep cleaning method or harsh cleaners later on. If you have accidents like nail polish or permanent marker stains, try DIY methods like watered-down lemon juice or a dose of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.

It’s also essential to keep quartz surfaces safe from hot items like pots and pans because they are sensitive to extreme heat. You can use trivets and hot pads to protect Quartz countertops from off-the-stove dishes. Cutting boards protect the surface from scratches, and divots for food prep uses sharp objects, especially knives, for chopping.

Countertop Protection Tips

  • Heat-generating appliances, such as slow cookers, can also cause some stones to become discolored or cracked. Avoid directly removing hot items from the oven or stove on the stone surface. Always protect your top by placing a trivet or hot pad to allow for airflow under the hot thing.

  • Avoid chopping or slicing directly on the stone countertop to prevent scratches and dulling your knives. Always use a cutting board.

  • Use placemats and coasters to protect your surface from discoloration and staining.

  • Do not stand or sit on stone countertops. Some stones may crack when excessive weight is applied.

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