Quartz countertops are an increasingly popular option for kitchens and bathrooms due to their durability, aesthetic appeal, and low maintenance. However, while quartz is resistant to scratches, stains, and heat, it still requires proper care and cleaning to keep it looking like new. Follow this guide to learn how to properly clean and maintain your quartz countertops.
- Mild dish soap or stone cleaner
- Soft cloth or sponge
- Microfiber towel
- Glass cleaner (for polished finish)
For regular cleaning, a mild dish soap, diluted with warm water, is usually sufficient to clean quartz counters. Here are the steps:
- Rinse the countertop with warm water to remove any loose debris.
- Apply a small amount of mild dish soap mixed with warm water to a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid abrasive sponges.
- Wipe the surface using small circular motions. Apply gentle pressure to remove any dirt or grime.
- Rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap residue.
- Dry the surface with a clean microfiber towel.
For a polished quartz finish, follow up by using a glass cleaner and microfiber towel to add extra shine and fingerprint resistance.
Over time, quartz counters may develop harder to remove stains or dirt buildup. For a deeper clean:
- Mix a stone cleaner (like Method Daily Granite) with warm water per label instructions. Apply to the surface with a soft cloth or sponge.
- Let the cleaner sit for 5-10 minutes so it can break down the mess.
- Scrub gently in small circles.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Dry with a microfiber towel.
Using a specially formulated stone cleaner can help break up oil, grease, soap scum, and hard water marks that routine cleaning may miss. But avoid harsh chemicals like bleach that can damage the quartz sealant.
How Often to Clean Quartz Countertops
- Daily: Quick wipe with damp microfiber cloth
- Weekly: Clean with mild soap and water
- Monthly: Deep clean using a specialized stone cleaner
- Annually: Reseal if needed (see next section)
Clean spills immediately to prevent stains. Quartz can withstand brief exposure to liquids but prolonged contact increases risk of damage.
Resealing Quartz Countertops
Unlike natural stone, quartz does not require regular sealing. Manufacturers pre-seal the slabs during fabrication. But this sealant may wear down over many years of use. Signs you may need to reseal:
- Countertop looks dull, etched, or faded
- Liquids start to darken or stain the surface
- Food or grease is sticking instead of wiping clean
- Clean the surface thoroughly before application.
- Apply a penetrating quartz sealer per product instructions. Use a sealant made specifically for quartz.
- Wipe away any excess sealer with a clean cloth.
- Allow to dry completely before using, usually 24-48 hours.
Reapplication yearly or every other year can help prolong the life and renew the look of older quartz counters. Hire a professional if uncertain about this process.
Don’ts for Quartz Countertops
While durable, quartz can become damaged if misused. Avoid:
- Abrasive cleaners or scrubbing pads
- Bleach, Windex, vinegar, and other harsh chemicals
- Leaving spills sitting for prolonged periods
- Applying excess pressure that can chip or crack edges
- Heat: Always use trivets and hot pads, as quartz can scorch
FAQs About Caring for Quartz Countertops
How can I get rid of hard water marks on my quartz?
Hard water deposits can be removed by cleaning with a diluted vinegar solution. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Wipe the solution onto the stain and allow to sit for 5 minutes before rinsing clean. This mild acid can dissolve mineral deposits without damaging the quartz.
What removes dried on food or grease stains?
A baking soda paste can help eliminate stubborn dried on messes. Make a paste with baking soda and just enough water to form a spreadable consistency. Apply to the stain and let sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing gently with a soft cloth or sponge. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to lift the gunk without scratching.
My polished quartz has lost its shine. How can I make it glossy again?
Use a quartz polish like Granite Gold Polish that is designed to add shine and protection. Avoid glass cleaners on polished quartz, as they can strip the finish over time. For routine upkeep, buff your counters with a microfiber cloth after cleaning to maintain the gloss.
Can I cut food directly on quartz?
It’s best to avoid direct food prep on your counters. Always use a cutting board to protect quartz from dents, scratches, and staining from foods. The edge of a knife blade can also chip your counters if not careful.
What’s the best way to sanitize my quartz?
To safely disinfect your quartz, first clean the surface. Apply a sanitizing cleaner designed for stone or quartz and let it sit for the manufacturer’s recommended contact time. Popular options include Method Antibacterial Cleaner, Lysol, or other household disinfectants. Avoid bleach solutions as it can damage and fade quartz over time.
With proper cleaning techniques and regular maintenance, quartz countertops can stay looking like new for decades. By using only pH neutral cleaners free of harsh chemicals, promptly wiping spills, and resealing as needed, you can safely clean quartz without worry of damage. Daily and weekly cleaning prevents buildup that leads to stains. Seek help from a stone pro if your counters need deep cleaning or resealing. Following these best practices for care will keep your quartz counters shining and scratch-free.