Quartz countertops made by Dupont are durable, beautiful, and low-maintenance. However, like any countertop material, quartz requires proper cleaning and care to keep it looking its best. Follow these tips to clean and care for your Dupont quartz countertops.
- Mild dish soap or stone cleaner
- Soft cloth or sponge
- Microfiber towel
- Non-abrasive scrub pad
- Distilled white vinegar (optional)
For routine cleaning, a mild dish soap diluted with warm water is all you need.
- Mix a few drops of dish soap into a spray bottle filled with warm water.
- Spray or wipe the soapy solution onto the countertop.
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away any dirt or debris.
- Rinse with clean water and dry with a microfiber towel.
Do not use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, or bleach, as these can scratch and dull the surface.
Removing Stains and Dried Spills
For dried on messes or stains, use a non-abrasive scrub pad and a bit more elbow grease.
- Spray the soapy water mix directly onto the stain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to soften the mess.
- Gently scrub the area using a soft cloth or a non-abrasive pad, like a Dobie pad.
- Rinse and dry thoroughly.
For stubborn stains, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing. The baking soda will help lift the stain without damaging the surface.
- Always use cutting boards, trivets, and hot pads when preparing food or placing hot items on the countertop. This prevents scratches, burns, and stains.
- Clean up spills immediately to prevent staining.
- Avoid exposing the countertops to strong chemicals like paint removers, oven cleaners, etc.
- Use coasters under glasses and avoid dragging heavy appliances across the surface to prevent scratching.
Removing Hard Water Stains
Hard water can leave behind calcium deposits and mineral stains over time. To remove these:
- Mix equal parts vinegar and warm water.
- Pour the vinegar solution onto the stains and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. This will help dissolve the mineral deposits.
- Scrub with a soft cloth or Dobie pad.
- Rinse thoroughly and dry.
For a periodic deep clean:
- Mix a stone cleaner (like Method Daily Granite) with warm water per label instructions.
- Apply it to the entire surface and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Scrub the entire surface using a soft cloth or Dobie pad.
- Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
This will help remove any residue buildup and keep the quartz looking like new.
Quartz countertops are non-porous so they do not require sealants. However, you can apply a quartz-safe sealant for additional protection and easier cleaning if desired. Reapply every 1-2 years.
By following these Dupont quartz cleaning tips, you can keep your countertops looking like new for years to come! Be sure to clean spills promptly, avoid abrasives, and deep clean periodically. With proper care, quartz countertops are easy to maintain.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I clean quartz countertops?
- For routine cleaning, wipe down surfaces once a day or as needed. Deep clean every 1-2 weeks for a more thorough maintenance routine.
Can I use bleach or abrasive cleaners on quartz?
- No, avoid using harsh chemicals and abrasives. They can damage and dull the surface. Stick to mild dish soap, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or stone cleaners.
Is it okay to cut food directly on quartz?
- Yes, it’s fine to cut foods directly on properly sealed quartz. Using cutting boards is still recommended to prevent dulling over time.
Can hot pots and pans damage quartz?
- Direct high heat can potentially damage quartz. Always use trivets or hot pads to prevent burns. Quick exposure, like setting down a hot pan for a few seconds, should not cause damage.
How can I get rid of hard water stains?
- Hard water mineral deposits can be removed with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.
Do I need to re-seal my quartz countertops?
- Quartz does not require sealing. However, you can apply a food-safe sealant for additional protection if desired. Reapply every 1-2 years.