What Maintenance is Required for Quartz Countertops?

Low maintenance requirements make quartz countertops appealing to many homeowners. Quartz countertops are fabricated with a combination of hard quartz crystals and durable resin polymers that make them extremely resilient. In addition, the leading manufacturers provide a 10 to 15 year limited warranty that covers manufacturer's defects. Routine care and cleaning is very simple, and with basic precautions to prevent stains, dents or scratches, safe quartz countertops can lend beauty and a sense of permanence to a home for decades.

Manufacturer's warranties will not cover damages caused by the owner's use of the product unless damage is linked to an error made by the company. Your quartz countertops must be installed by a professional contractor in order to be covered by the warranty, in most cases. Follow the manufacturer's specific recommendations for maintaining your new countertops to get the maximum value from this investment.

Routine Care and Cleaning

With the right care, quartz countertops can lend aesthetic appeal to your kitchen, bathroom or office for years. Quartz can be cleaned easily with a mild detergent, water and a soft cloth or paper towel. Abrasive cleansers or harsh scouring pads and cleansers that contain bleach should not be used with quartz. Engineered stone surfaces do not require polishing to keep them shiny and smooth, but they should be cleaned gently to maintain their distinctive shine.

A rounded plastic knife should be used to remove dried foods or liquids on a quartz surface. Dried paint or grease can be gently scraped away with a plastic knife. Avoid using metal knives and utensils directly on the countertop, as metal may scratch the quartz.

Grease from cooking is a concern in many kitchens. To remove grease from your quartz countertops, use a product recommended by your manufacturer. Harsh cleansers should not be used to remove grease or other cooking stains. Gently scrape away hardened grease with a plastic knife before applying cleanser.

Preventing Stains and Scratches

While quartz countertops are resistant to scratches, scuffs, dents, stains and burns, these surfaces are not damage-proof. Homeowners must take care to avoid exposing quartz countertops to permanent inks, markets or dyes, as these substances may not be removable. If a countertop is marked by a permanent marker or dye, rinse the area with water as soon as possible, then apply a cleansing product approved by the manufacturer if the stain is still visible. Clean the area again with water after applying the cleanser.

Turpentine and other paint stripping products may damage or discolor a quartz surface. To be on the safe side, avoid exposing quartz to any strong chemicals or solvents unless your manufacturer recommends them for use in removing stubborn stains or hardened grease. If exposure to a potentially harmful chemical solvent occurs, clean the area with water immediately.

Quartz countertops can be damaged by direct exposure to heat. When cooking, use trivets or heating pads to guard the countertop surface against direct exposure to hot cookware or coffee pots. Although quartz is resistant to stains from juice, wine, coffee and other food substances, it is best to wipe up spills immediately to prevent possible stains. When chopping vegetables, slicing bread or preparing other foods with sharp utensils, use a cutting board to prevent scratches.

Very little maintenance is required for quartz countertops. This engineered product does not require sealants, and its non porous surface makes it a durable, sanitary option for kitchens or bathrooms. To ensure that you get the most life from your countertops and that your warranty covers any unexpected damages, follow the manufacturer's instructions for care and quartz countertop maintenance.

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