How to Take Care of Cambria Quartz Countertops

Cambria quartz countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability, style, and low maintenance. However, some care is required to keep Cambria quartz looking its best. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to properly care for Cambria quartz countertops.

Cleaning Cambria Quartz Countertops

Daily Cleaning

  • Use a soft, damp microfiber cloth or sponge to wipe down the countertop. Avoid abrasive cleaning pads.
  • For most spills, a mild soap and warm water solution is sufficient. Avoid harsh cleaners like bleach or ammonia that can damage the surface.
  • Thoroughly dry the surface after cleaning to prevent buildup of hard water spots and soap scum.

Weekly Cleaning

  • Perform a more thorough cleaning weekly using a quartz countertop cleaner or a mix of warm water and a small amount of mild dish soap.
  • Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

Removing Stains and Residue

  • For stuck-on messes like food residue, grease, or hard water marks, use a non-abrasive cleaning pad such as a white Scotch-Brite pad and a small amount of Bar Keeper’s Friend or BonAmi powder cleaner.
  • Rub the area gently in a circular motion, rinse, and dry. Avoid pressing too hard.
  • For wax residue from candles, freeze a plastic card to harden the wax, scrape gently with the card, and clean as usual with dish soap.


  • Diluted bleach can be used occasionally for disinfecting and sanitizing. Mix 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Never use undiluted bleach directly on the countertop.
  • Spray the solution and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping off with clean water. Rinse thoroughly.

What Not To Use

Avoid the following cleaners and substances:

  • Vinegar, ammonia, acidic cleaners – can etch the surface
  • Abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, or abrasive sponges
  • Harsh chemicals like paint remover, drain cleaner
  • Acetone or nail polish remover
  • Cutting directly on the countertop

Preventing Damage

  • Use cutting boards and trivets when placing hot pots and pans on the countertop. Extreme heat can damage the surface.
  • Clean up spills quickly, especially from substances like wine, juice, and oil that can stain if left too long.
  • Avoid dropping heavy objects on the quartz which can chip it.
  • Use coasters under glasses and placemats under dishes to prevent scratching.

Removing Etches and Scratches

Minor scratches can often be polished out using 3000 grit wet-dry sandpaper and a bit of quartz polish. For deeper scratches, consult a professional stone restoration company. Etched areas can be resurfaced and re-polished by professionals as well.

Reconditioning Dull Spots

Over time, some spots may become duller than others. Use a quartz polish and buffing pad to restore the shine. Avoid wax-based polishes.

Sealing and Resealing

Cambria does not require sealing. In fact, sealers can cause more harm than good. The manufacturer does not recommend applying any sort of sealer to Cambria quartz.

FAQs About Caring for Cambria Quartz

How often should I clean Cambria quartz?

A quick daily wipe down plus a weekly thorough cleaning is recommended. Clean any spills as soon as they occur.

Can I use vinegar to clean Cambria?

No, vinegar is too acidic and can dull the surface. Stick to mild dish soap and water.

Will Cambria stain from tomatoes or citrus juices?

It is resistant to staining but you should wipe up acidic spills quickly to be safe. Prolonged exposure can damage the surface.

Can you cut directly on a Cambria quartz countertop?

It’s best to use a cutting board to protect the surface. Cutting directly on the quartz can scratch or dull it over time.

Does Cambria need to be resealed periodically?

No, it does not require sealing. Cambria repels liquids naturally without a sealer. Applying sealers can do more harm than good.

Can you set a hot pan on Cambria quartz?

Not directly. Always use trivets or hot pads to prevent thermal shock which can damage the surface.


By following these care and maintenance guidelines, your Cambria quartz countertops will stay looking beautiful and durable for many years. Simple steps like prompt cleaning, using the right products, and preventing scratches and stains can preserve the countertops’ appearance and quality. Be sure to properly clean and care for your Cambria quartz regularly to get the most enjoyment from this elegant and functional kitchen surface.