What is Quartz?
Quartz countertops, sometimes referred to as engineered stone, are made from ground natural quartz crystals combined with polyresin. This combination makes quartz an incredibly strong and durable material that stands up well to heavy daily use.
Some key features of quartz countertops:
- Extremely durable – resistant to scratches, heat, and stains
- Low maintenance – doesn’t require regular sealing
- Non-porous – does not harbor bacteria
- Available in wide range of colors and patterns
- Resists most acids and chemicals
Is Goo Gone Safe for Quartz?
Goo Gone is generally considered safe for use on quartz countertops. It is a mild citrus-based adhesive remover designed to dissolve sticky residue, grease, wax, and other messes.
When using Goo Gone or any cleaner on quartz, it’s important to follow these guidelines:
- Spot test on a small, inconspicuous area first
- Use a microfiber cloth and apply a small amount directly to the cloth
- Avoid excessive rubbing or scrubbing
- Rinse surface thoroughly after cleaning
- Check manufacturer instructions for any specific precautions
As long as you use it properly, Goo Gone is not likely to etch, discolor, or damage a quartz countertop surface. The citrus oils will help break down sticky messes without posing risks that harsher chemical cleaners might.
How to Use Goo Gone on Quartz
Follow these steps to safely and effectively use Goo Gone to clean quartz countertops:
1. Prepare the Surface
Clear counters of any items, food, or debris. Have a clean microfiber cloth ready.
2. Test Goo Gone on a Small Area
Apply a dime-sized amount of Goo Gone to the cloth, not directly on the countertop. Wipe a small, inconspicuous spot and wait 5-10 minutes. Check for any discoloration or damage before proceeding.
3. Apply Goo Gone and Wipe Away Residue
Working in small sections, use a lint-free cloth to wipe Goo Gone directly onto sticky messes. Allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes to dissolve gunk. Then wipe away residues with a clean cloth.
4. Rinse Thoroughly
Once the residue has been removed, rinse the Goo Gone off the surface with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Ensure no cleaner residue remains.
5. Clean Any Spills Immediately
In the future, promptly wipe up any spills before they have a chance to dry and harden into sticky residues. Doing so will minimize the need for sticky residue removers.
What to Avoid Using on Quartz
While quartz stands up well compared to other natural stone, it’s still important to avoid exposing it to:
- Abrasive cleansers or scrub brushes
- Vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other harsh chemicals
- Prolonged exposure to very hot pots/pans
- Applying any cleaner directly without diluting
Using mild dish soap, warm water, and soft cloths for daily cleaning is the safest bet. Check manufacturer care instructions for the specific quartz product in your home for any exceptions.
When to Call a Professional
If Goo Gone alone is not effectively removing dried-on, stubborn residues, or if any damage appears, discontinue use and call a professional quartz fabricator/installer for advice. Improper cleaning can sometimes dull or etch quartz surfaces. Professionals have access to more powerful cleaners and polishes to recondition quartz if needed.
The Bottom Line
When used properly according to label directions, Goo Gone’s citrus-based formula is considered safe for cleaning most quartz countertops. Spot test first, never let it sit too long, and rinse thoroughly after use. For routine cleaning, gentle dish soap and water is best. Taking quick action on spills prevents the need for sticky residue removers in the first place.