Kitchen quartz countertops are an increasingly popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability, aesthetic appeal, and low maintenance. However, quartz still requires regular cleaning to keep it looking its best. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to effectively clean quartz countertops in your kitchen.
What is Quartz?
Quartz countertops, often referred to as engineered stone, are made from ground natural quartz crystals combined with resins and pigments. This blend creates a durable, non-porous surface that resists scratches, stains, and heat better than natural stone.
While resistant, quartz can still become dirty over time. Follow this guide to keep your quartz clean and avoid damaging the surface.
- Use a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth when wiping the surface. Avoid scrubbing pads.
- Warm water mixed with a small amount of mild soap is ideal for most cleaning.
- Gently wash the quartz and rinse thoroughly to remove any soap residue.
- Completely dry the surface with a soft towel. Allowing water to pool can leave marks.
Weekly Deep Cleaning
- Mix a non-abrasive quartz cleaner (like Method Daily Granite & Stone Cleaner) with warm water.
- Apply the mixture to the countertop and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. This allows the cleaner to break down any grime and dirt.
- Use a non-abrasive sponge in light circular motions to remove any stuck-on messes. Avoid aggressive scrubbing.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry completely with a soft cloth.
Treating Stains and Marks
- For food stains, use a non-abrasive cleaner designed for quartz and a damp cloth. Gently rub in a circular motion. Avoid applying too much pressure.
- For dried spills like gum, peanut butter, or food, first scrape off excess with a plastic putty knife. Apply quartz cleaner to the spot and let it sit before scrubbing gently.
- For hard water marks, use a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. Pour it on and let it sit for 5 minutes before wiping and rinsing.
- For minor scratches, marks, and etchings, use a specialty quartz polish like Gel-Gloss. Rub it in using small circular movements then rinse. Avoid over-polishing.
Helpful Cleaning Tips
- Never use bleach, ammonia, abrasive cleaners, or alkaline/acidic cleaners on quartz. This can damage and discolor the surface.
- Blot spills immediately to prevent staining, especially from coffee, wine, and fruit juice.
- Avoid getting quartz excessively hot. Always use trivets and hot pads when placing hot pans on the counter.
- Reseal quartz countertops every 1-2 years with a specialty sealer to maximize water resistance.
- Check the manufacturer’s care guide for additional cleaning recommendations specific to your quartz brand.
Avoid These Mistakes
- Allowing spills and messes to sit. Address stains ASAP before they have a chance to set.
- Using excessive pressure when scrubbing. Always use a light touch to prevent damaging the surface.
- Letting cleaning solution or moisture pool on the quartz. Always thoroughly rinse and immediately dry.
- Using abrasive pads, scrubbing brushes, strong chemicals, or acidic cleaners.
- Allowing pots or pans directly from the burner or oven to sit on the quartz. Always use trivets.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I clean quartz countertops?
It’s recommended to do a quick daily wipe down, a weekly deep clean, and a thorough month cleaning to keep quartz in top shape. Clean any spills immediately as they occur.
What’s the best quartz countertop cleaner?
Look for non-abrasive, stone-safe cleaners like Method Daily Granite & Stone Cleaner or StoneTech Revitalizer Cleaner and Protector. Avoid bleach, acidic, or alkaline-based cleaners.
Can I use vinegar to clean quartz?
Yes, you can use a 50/50 vinegar and water solution to treat spot stains, hard water marks, and for occasional deep cleaning. Avoid using undiluted vinegar. Test on a small spot first.
How do you remove dried food from quartz?
Gently scrape off any dried food with a plastic putty knife. Apply a quartz-safe cleaner and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Use a damp non-abrasive sponge in light circular motions to remove the mess, then rinse and dry.
What should I never use to clean quartz?
Avoid bleach, ammonia, vinegar, acidic or alkaline cleaners, abrasive pads and scrub brushes. Also avoid leaving moisture sitting on the surface. These can all damage quartz.
By following these best practices on how to properly clean kitchen quartz countertops, you can keep your counters looking like new for years. Be sure to use only non-abrasive cleaners and cleaning tools specifically designed for quartz. Address any spills or stains right away to prevent permanent damage. With regular light cleaning and deep weekly cleaning, you can safely maintain the beauty of your quartz counters.