How to Care for a Quartz Countertop

Cleaning Quartz Countertops

  • Use a mild soap and water to clean quartz. Avoid abrasive cleaners as they can dull the surface over time.
  • For stuck-on messes, use a non-abrasive soft scrub cleaner.
  • Disinfect quartz occasionally with a stone cleaner made specifically for quartz. This helps inhibit bacteria growth.
  • Avoid using vinegar, ammonia, bathroom cleaners, or abrasive pads/sponges as these can etch or dull quartz.

Preventing Damage

  • Use cutting boards and trivets for hot pans to prevent burning or cracking the quartz.
  • Seal quartz annually with a quartz sealer to prevent stains from setting in.
  • Clean up spills quickly to avoid discoloration, especially from juices, wine, and oil.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners and detergents which can scratch and wear down the sealant.

Repairing Damage

  • For light scratches, use a fine grit sanding pad and mineral oil to gently buff the area. Start with 400 grit and work up to 3000 grit for best results.
  • For chips and cracks, consult a professional stone repair company. They can fill gaps and resurface the quartz.
  • For severe staining that normal cleaning cannot remove, try a poultice made for quartz to draw out deep set stains.

Maintaining Quartz’s Shine

  • Regularly use a quartz polish to enhance shine and protection. Apply a small amount and buff gently.
  • Occasionally use a quartz restoration kit which deep cleans, resurfaces, and polishes quartz to look new again.
  • If the quartz loses its polish over time, have it professionally honed and re-polished. Avoid DIY polishing.

Answering Common Questions on Caring for Quartz

How often should I seal my quartz countertops?

Sealing quartz once a year is recommended to prevent stains from setting in. Use a dedicated quartz sealer for best results.

Can you use magic eraser on quartz?

No, magic erasers are too abrasive for quartz and can dull the surface. Use a soft scrub cleaner instead. Test new cleaners on a small underside area first.

What happens if you use Windex on quartz?

Windex is not recommended as it can streak and dull quartz over time. Stick to mild soapy water or a cleaner made specifically for quartz.

Can you cut on quartz countertops?

Always use a cutting board on quartz to protect from scratches and nicks from knives. Avoid cutting directly on the surface.

How do you get dried grout off of quartz?

Gently scrub with a non-abrasive cleaner and soft brush or sponge. Avoid acidic or alkaline cleaners as they can etch quartz. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning.

Can you put hot pans on quartz?

Yes, but use a trivet. Extreme heat can damage quartz. Let pans cool briefly first before setting down to avoid cracking or burning.


Caring for quartz countertops does require some maintenance, but following these cleaning, protection, and repair tips will keep quartz looking like new for many years. Be gentle, avoid abrasives, and seal regularly. Address any damage right away before it worsens. With proper care, quartz countertops are quite durable, stain-resistant and ideal for busy kitchens.