Quartz countertops are an increasingly popular choice for modern kitchens and bathrooms due to their durability, low maintenance, and stylish appearance. However, over time even quartz can lose its luster and appear dull. Restoring the shine to your quartz countertops is easy with the right techniques and products.
In this comprehensive guide, we will provide tips on how to clean quartz properly, simple DIY polishing methods, and professional resurfacing services to bring back the gleam to your countertops. With some elbow grease and the right process, you can restore the sparkling finish of your quartz.
Cleaning Quartz Countertops
The first step to revitalizing the shine of your quartz is giving it a deep clean. This removes built-up grime, oils, and residue that cause surfaces to appear cloudy.
- Mild non-abrasive cleaner or dish soap
- Soft cleaning cloth or sponge
- Non-acetone nail polish remover (for stubborn stains)
Step-by-Step Cleaning Process
- Mix a few drops of mild cleaner or soap with warm water. Avoid abrasive cleansers.
- Dampen a soft cloth or sponge with the cleaning solution. Avoid using excess water.
- Wipe down the entire surface using broad circular motions. Apply light pressure.
- Rinse well and wipe away any cleaning residue.
- For hard water stains or dried spills, use a soft cloth dampened with non-acetone nail polish remover. Rub gently.
- Rinse surface thoroughly after using nail polish remover.
Thorough cleaning removes buildup obstructing the quartz shine. Now let’s discuss restoring lustre.
DIY Polishing Methods
Minor dullness can often be resolved with simple at-home polishing techniques using everyday household items.
Baking Soda polish
Baking soda gently scours and brightens quartz.
- Baking soda
- Soft cloth
- Make a paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water.
- Apply paste to countertops and rub with soft cloth using circular motions.
- Rinse clean and wipe away residue.
- Repeat as needed for thoroughly polished results.
Olive Oil Shine Restorer
Olive oil leaves a protective layer that enhances quartz radiance.
- Olive oil
- Soft lint-free cloth
- Pour small amount of olive oil on cloth. Avoid excessive oil.
- Wipe a thin layer of oil over entire surface using broad circular strokes.
- Let oil sit 5 minutes. Wipe away any excess oil with a clean cloth.
- Buff surface lightly for maximum shine.
Vinegar Disinfectant Cleaner
Vinegar disinfects while restoring luster.
Mix equal parts:
- White vinegar
- Warm water
- Dampen cloth in solution and wipe surface.
- Rinse with clear water and dry with microfiber cloth.
- Polish dry with separate soft lint-free cloth.
For quartz with extensive dullness or etching, professional resurfacing services can dramatically restore the original glossy finish.
Professional Quartz Polishing
Professional polishers have specialized compounds and electric polishers that remove etching and severe dullness that regular cleaning can’t fix. An expert will assess the level of resurfacing needed and polish using a multi-step process for best results.
For damage beyond basic polishing, a full refinishing service is required. This involves re-applying the protective top layer of clear quartz coating. Refinishing can remove stains, scratches, and give worn quartz a brand new appearance.
Maintaining the Shine
Once your quartz countertops have been cleaned and restored to a gleaming finish, maintaining the shine requires simple regular care.
- Use cutting boards and hot pads to prevent damage
- Clean spills promptly with mild soap and water
- Avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbing pads
- Clean with soft damp cloth using circular motions
- Deep clean monthly with baking soda polish treatment
- Consider professionally polishing every few years
How can I determine if my countertops need polishing or refinishing?
Polishing can help minor dullness, etching, and small scratches. Refinishing is needed for significant damage or large cracks/stains. Inspect closely or get a professional opinion.
How often should quartz countertops be professionally polished?
For residential kitchens, professional polishing every 2-3 years is recommended to keep quartz gleaming. Frequency depends on usage and care.
What causes quartz to become dull?
Common causes include etched spots from spills, hard water deposits, grime buildup, routine wear, and use of harsh cleaners.
Should I wax or seal my quartz?
No. Quartz never requires sealing or waxing which can actually damage the surface.
What household cleaners should be avoided?
Avoid abrasive cleaners, bleach, alkaline or acidic cleaners, vinegar, ammonia, citrus, oven cleaners, etc. Only use mild soap and water.
With the proper cleaning methods, DIY polishing treatments, and occasional professional resurfacing, you can restore dazzling shine to worn quartz countertops. Give your quartz the care it needs and maintain the luminous finish by using gentle cleaners, preventing damage, and regular polishing. With a little elbow grease, you can bring back the luxurious look of gleaming quartz surfaces.