Water quartz countertops are one of the most popular and beautiful countertop options for kitchens and bathrooms today. Made from natural quartz crystals combined with polyester resins, water quartz offers the look of natural stone with some added benefits. It is non-porous, stain resistant, and easy to clean and maintain. However, even this low maintenance material will need occasional cleaning to keep it looking its best. Follow these simple steps to clean your water quartz countertops and keep them sparkling.
- Mild dish soap or stone cleaner
- Soft cloth, sponge or microfiber cloths
- Clean water
- Optional: Disinfectant, fruit/vegetable wash
For routine cleaning and maintenance of water quartz countertops, follow these steps:
1. Remove Any Debris
Wipe down the countertop with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove any dirt, dust or food debris that may be present. Removing these abrasive particles will help keep your water quartz from getting scratched during cleaning.
2. Wash With Soap and Water
Mix a small amount (a few drops) of mild dishwashing liquid like Dawn with warm water. Dampen a soft cloth or sponge and wipe down the entire surface using small, circular motions. This will lift away any oils, grease or residue from daily use. Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners.
3. Rinse and Dry
Thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water to remove any soap residue. Dry the countertop completely with a soft cloth. Any leftover moisture can leave mineral deposits over time.
4. Disinfect Occasionally
About once a week or when extra disinfecting is desired, wipe the surface with a non-bleach disinfectant cleaner or fruit/vegetable wash like Fit. These are safe for water quartz yet strong enough to kill germs without leaving harsh chemical residue.
5. Inspect and Re-Wipe if Needed
Examine the countertop after cleaning to spot treat any remaining stuck-on messes you may have missed. A second wipe with soapy water should remove them easily.
Dealing With Stains and Tough Spots
Water quartz resists staining much better than natural stone. However, highly pigmented spills like wine, coffee and ketchup may leave a slight stain if left too long. Follow these steps to remove tougher spots:
- Wipe up the spill immediately before color can soak in. Use a paper towel to blot liquids.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water and gently rub onto the stain with a soft cloth or sponge.
- Rinse well and dry. The baking soda paste is mildly abrasive to lift stains without damaging the finish.
- For stubborn stains, use a non-bleach cleaner made specifically for stone or quartz. Spray on and let sit for 5 minutes before wiping clean.
- Avoid abrasive cleansers, scouring pads, or scrubbing that could scratch the smooth surface.
- Use cutting boards and trivets to protect water quartz from hot pans, knives, and certain acidic foods like lemon juice.
- Clean up spills promptly before they have time to soak in and stain.
- Always use soft, non-abrasive cleaning materials.
- Re-seal water quartz every 2-3 years with a quartz-safe sealant for added protection.
How to Clean Water Quartz Countertops: FAQ
How often should I clean water quartz countertops?
- For everyday cleaning, wiping with a soft cloth, warm water and mild soap is recommended daily or after preparing food. Disinfect and deep clean the counters 1-2 times per week.
What should I never use to clean water quartz?
- Avoid abrasive scrub pads, scouring powders, bleach, alkaline cleaners, acidic cleaners like vinegar, and anything containing lemon, lime or other citrus. These can etch or dull the surface.
Does water quartz need to be sealed?
- Sealing is not mandatory, but can provide added protection, especially for lighter colors. Reapply a quartz sealer every 2-3 years.
Can you use vinegar to clean water quartz?
- No. Vinegar is too acidic for water quartz and can damage the surface over time. Stick to mild pH-neutral cleaners instead.
How do you remove dried food from water quartz?
- Use a plastic scraper to gently lift off any dried food debris. For stuck-on messes, let warm water soak on the area to soften, then wipe clean with a sponge and mild soap. Avoid abrasive scrubbing.
Can you use MAGIC ERASERS on water quartz?
- Magic erasers have a very fine abrasive quality, so it’s best to avoid using them to prevent creating micro-scratches. Try a baking soda paste instead for stain removal.
With proper care and routine cleaning, water quartz countertops will stay looking like new for years. By using only non-abrasive cleaners and avoiding harsh chemicals, you can safely keep your water quartz counters hygienic, stain-free, and dazzling. Just remember to wipe up spills quickly, clean with mild soap and soft cloths, and disinfect regularly. Follow these simple steps and your beautiful water quartz will maintain its durability and beauty.