- Mild dish soap or stone cleaner
- Soft cloth or sponge
- Microfiber towel
- Glass cleaner (optional)
For regular cleaning, a simple wipe down with a soft cloth or sponge and mild soap and water is sufficient. Here are the steps:
- Mix a few drops of mild dish soap like Dawn or other stone cleaner in a bowl of warm water.
- Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the soapy solution and wring out excess water.
- Wipe down the entire surface of the quartz countertop. Apply light pressure.
- Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly with a microfiber towel.
This quick cleaning helps remove minor dirt, dust, and grime that accumulates on the countertop during daily use. It’s important to thoroughly rinse off all soap residues which can lead to streaks or buildup over time.
For a more thorough occasional cleaning, consider these steps:
- Add a few tablespoons of mild stone cleaner or dish soap to warm water in a spray bottle.
- Liberally spray the solution over the entire quartz surface. Avoid applying it to the walls.
- Let it sit for 5-10 minutes so the solution can dissolve grime and dirt.
- Use a soft bristle brush and gently scrub the entire surface in circular motions. Apply light pressure.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Make sure to remove all soap residues.
- Wipe dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
The scrubbing action helps remove stuck-on grime, grease, and hard water deposits. This occasional deep cleaning leaves quartz sparkling.
Some spills like wine, coffee, or oil can stain quartz if left untouched. Here is how to remove them:
- For oil-based stains, immediately sprinkle some baking soda on the stain.
- Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and mix into a paste.
- Let the paste sit for 2-3 hours covered. The peroxide will bubble up and lift the stain.
- Rinse and wipe clean with water.
- For stubborn stains, use a non-abrasive cleaner like Soft Scrub and scrub with a damp sponge or Magic Eraser. Rinse thoroughly.
This stain removal process works well for stains less than 24-48 hours old. For older stains, try a poultice made of baking soda or calcium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide left on for 12 hours.
To help enhance the shine and luster of quartz, use a stone polish occasionally:
- Apply a small amount of stone polish to a soft cloth.
- Wipe over the surface using light, circular motions.
- Buff with a clean dry cloth until any polish residues are removed.
Using a stone polish fills in microscopic pores and adds an extra layer of protection. This helps prevent buildup of hard water spots and etching.
What to Avoid
- Avoid using vinegar, lemon juice, abrasive cleansers, or alkaline cleaner as they can damage and dull the quartz surface.
- Do not use abrasive pads or scrubbers. They can lead to light surface scratches over time.
- Avoid dragging pots or sharp objects across the surface. Use a cutting board.
- Blot spills immediately. Don’t let liquids sit too long.
With proper maintenance and regular cleaning, quartz countertops can stay beautiful for many years. Be sure to wipe up spills quickly and clean frequently to prevent buildup of dirt and grime. An occasional deep cleaning and reapplication of stone polish will also help maintain the shine.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I clean my quartz countertops?
It is recommended to clean quartz countertops 1-2 times per week at minimum for routine maintenance. Daily wiping is ideal. Occasional deeper cleaning every 4-6 months is also advised.
Can I use bleach or harsh chemicals on my quartz?
No, avoid using things like bleach, alkaline cleaners, oven cleaners, etc. They can damage the surface and seams. Mild dish soap or stone cleaners are recommended.
What is the best way to clean tough dried-on stains?
Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and let it sit directly on the stain 2-3 hours covered. The peroxide will lift the stain. Rinse and wipe clean. For stubborn stains, use a non-abrasive cleaner and soft scrubbing pad.
How can I make my countertops shine like new again?
Using a stone polish or sealer will help fill microscopic pores and add a protective layer. This enhances shine and prevents buildup of hard water stains. Apply polish with a soft cloth and buff. Reapply 2-3 times per year.
Can I cut directly on my quartz countertop?
It is not recommended. Always use a cutting board to protect the surface from deep scratches and nicks that can occur from cutting. Light surface scratches can dull the look over time.
With routine cleaning, occasional deep cleaning, prompt stain removal, and proper maintenance, quartz countertops can stay looking pristine for many years. Avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbers, and wipe up spills immediately. A little care goes a long way in maintaining the beauty of quartz surfaces. Follow these best practices and your countertops will continue shining.