Quartz countertops are durable and low-maintenance, but they still require regular cleaning to keep them looking their best. Unsealed quartz is more porous than sealed quartz, so it’s important to clean it properly to prevent stains. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean unsealed quartz countertops.
What You’ll Need
- Microfiber cloths
- Soft scrub brush
- Mild dish soap
- 50/50 vinegar and water solution
- Quartz cleaner or stone cleaner
For day-to-day cleaning, follow these steps:
1. Remove any debris
Wipe down the countertop with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any crumbs or spills sitting on the surface. This prevents them from getting smeared around in the next steps.
2. Mix dish soap and water
In a spray bottle, mix a couple drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Avoid using harsh cleaners or anything acidic.
3. Spray and wipe
Spritz the cleaner onto the countertop and wipe down the surface with a damp microfiber cloth. Scrub gently with a soft brush if needed.
Wipe again with a clean, damp cloth to rinse away all the soap.
Finish by wiping the countertop down with a dry microfiber towel. This prevents water spots or mineral deposits from building up.
For a more thorough cleaning, do a deep clean treatment:
1. Clean as normal
Start by doing steps 1-4 of the routine cleaning. This removes surface debris and dirt.
2. Disinfect with vinegar
Spray the countertop with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. This helps kill bacteria and gives a boost of cleaning power.
3. Scrub and rinse
Scrub the vinegar solution over the surface with a soft brush, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
4. Quartz cleaner treatment
Apply a quartz-specific cleaner or stone cleaner over the entire countertop. Rub it over the surface with a damp microfiber cloth. This helps remove stubborn stains from grease, food, and more.
5. Rinse and dry
Rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry with a cloth. This completes the deep clean.
For stubborn spots and stains, use these techniques:
- Dried food stains – Let a damp cloth soaked in the dish soap cleaner sit on the stain for 5 minutes, then scrub gently.
- Grease/oil stains – Spray with an all-purpose stone cleaner and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub then rinse.
- Water spots – Dab white vinegar on the spots and wipe immediately.
- Other stains – Make a baking soda paste with water, apply to the stain for 5-10 minutes then scrub and rinse.
- Use coasters under cups or containers to prevent etching.
- Seal any cracks or seam lines to prevent moisture damage.
- Avoid exposing the countertop to strong chemicals like paint removers or oven cleaners.
- Re-seal the countertop every 1-2 years for added protection.
- Clean spills promptly to prevent stains setting in.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I clean quartz countertops?
For routine cleaning, wipe down the countertops daily or every other day. Do a deep clean treatment weekly or biweekly.
What should I never use to clean quartz?
Avoid abrasive cleaners, bleach, ammonia, or acidic cleaners like lime or rust removers. These can etch or damage the surface.
Is it okay to cut on quartz countertops?
Yes, quartz is very durable and resists cuts and scratches well. Use a cutting board to protect the surface and avoid rocking of knives.
Can you get water spots on quartz?
Yes, hard water mineral deposits can cause spots on quartz. Wipe up spills quickly and do periodic deep cleaning to remove any buildup.
How do I get rid of hard water stains?
For hard water spots, wipe the area with white vinegar using a damp cloth. Quartz-specific cleaners also help remove mineral deposits.
Does quartz need to be resealed?
Unsealed quartz should be resealed every 1-2 years. Sealing helps prevent stains and damage from moisture. Follow the product instructions for applying the sealer.
With the right cleaning techniques, unsealed quartz countertops can stay looking like new for many years. Be sure to use only approved cleaners and avoid anything too abrasive. For routine care, mild dish soap and water should suffice. Schedule in periodic deep cleans for a sparkling finish. Promptly wipe up spills and stains as they occur. With some simple maintenance, you can enjoy beautiful quartz countertops.