Clean the Countertop Thoroughly
The first step is to clean the quartz countertop thoroughly to remove any dirt, grime, soap scum, hard water deposits, and old waxes or sealers that may be dulling the surface.
- Clear off all items from the countertop.
- Mix a mild detergent like dish soap with warm water in a bucket.
- Dip a soft microfiber cloth into the solution and wring it out so it is damp but not dripping wet.
- Wipe down the entire surface of the quartz countertop.
- Rinse the countertop with clean water to remove all soap residue.
- Allow the countertop to air dry completely.
Thoroughly cleaning the countertop will allow the shining products to work most effectively.
Use a Quartz Polishing Compound
Specialty polishing compounds made specifically for quartz can help restore the factory shine and luster.
- Choose a high-quality quartz polishing compound like Gel-Gloss or Hope’s Perfect Countertop. Avoid regular granite or marble polishes.
- Apply a small amount of the compound directly on the countertop surface.
- Using a clean microfiber cloth, polish the quartz using circular motions applying light to medium pressure.
- Work in small sections until the entire countertop has been polished.
- Buff off any excess compound with a clean, dry cloth.
The polishing compound contains mild abrasives that will help remove dullness and restore the shine without damaging the quartz.
Seal and Protect with Quartz Sealer
Using a quartz-specific sealer will help protect the renewed shine and prevent future dulling.
- Choose a sealer like GranQuartz Sealer and Protectant that is formulated for quartz.
- Apply the sealer evenly across the entire countertop following the product instructions.
- Allow the sealer to soak in and dry completely, usually 30-60 minutes.
- Apply a second thin layer of sealer for maximum protection.
- Buff off any excess once fully cured, usually after 24 hours.
Sealing fills in pores and creates a protective barrier resistant to moisture, stains, and dirt. Reapply sealer every 6-12 months.
Maintain with Proper Cleaning
To keep quartz countertops shiny long-term, follow these maintenance tips:
- Clean spills promptly to prevent staining.
- Use mild pH-neutral cleaners, not harsh acidic or abrasive products.
- Rinse soap residue thoroughly after cleaning.
- Blot up spills rather than wiping to prevent spreading.
- Avoid using waxes, polishes, or sealers meant for other surfaces.
- Reseal the quartz every 6-12 months.
Proper regular cleaning habits will help maintain the restored shine.
Common Questions about Restoring Shine to Quartz Countertops
How often should I polish my quartz countertop?
Only polish quartz when dullness develops, usually once every 1-2 years. Avoid over-polishing as it can damage the surface.
What is the best polish for quartz countertops?
Look for polishing compounds specifically formulated for quartz rather than generic stone polishes. Trusted brands include Gel-Gloss, Hope’s Perfect Countertop, and GranQuartz Polish.
Can I use vinegar and water to clean quartz?
Vinegar is too acidic for quartz and can dull the surface. Stick to mild pH-neutral cleaners instead. Always avoid abrasive cleansers.
How can I make my countertop shine like new?
Deep cleaning followed by quartz-specific polishing and sealing will restore the original shine and luster. Be sure to use products designed for quartz.
How do I get water spots off my quartz?
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water and wipe the spots with a microfiber cloth. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Stubborn spots can be gently scrubbed with a baking soda paste.
Restoring the factory shine and luster to dull quartz countertops is simple with a thorough cleaning, targeted polishing, sealing, and proper ongoing maintenance. Using specialty quartz products instead of generic stone cleaners is key to reveal the brilliant shine without damaging the surface. With the right techniques, you can keep your quartz countertops looking their best for years.