How to Take Care of My Quartz Countertop

Cleaning Quartz Countertops

  • Use a mild soap and warm water. Quartz is resistant to most spills and stains, so a simple wipe down with warm, soapy water using a soft cloth or sponge is usually sufficient for day-to-day cleaning. Avoid abrasive cleaners.
  • For stuck-on messes, use a non-abrasive cleaner or baking soda paste. For tougher messes like dried on food or grease, let a non-abrasive cleaner or a paste of baking soda and water sit on the area for a few minutes before gently scrubbing away. This will help lift the mess without damaging the surface.
  • Use a microfiber cloth, soft sponge or paper towel. These materials are ideal for cleaning quartz without leaving behind scratches or swirl marks. Avoid using abrasive pads.
  • Dry the surface after cleaning. Be sure to wipe away any excess moisture to prevent buildup of hard water stains.
  • Sanitize with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. For an occasional deep clean and sanitizing, use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on the entire countertop.
  • Remove water spots and stains carefully. For hard water marks, use a cleaning paste specifically formulated for quartz or gently scrub with a wet magic eraser sponge.
  • Avoid window cleaners, bleach, and abrasive pads. These can damage and dull the quartz surface.

Maintenance and Prevention

  • Use cutting boards and trivets. Protect the surface from knife scratches and hot pans by always using cutting boards and trivets.
  • Clean up spills quickly. Don’t let spills sit too long before wiping them up. Acidic substances like wine, tomato sauce or citrus can etch into the surface if left for prolonged time.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals. Do not use paint removers, turpentine, nail polish remover or any cleaners containing acids, alkalis or abrasives. This can permanently damage the quartz.
  • Re-seal occasionally. Though quartz itself does not require sealing, the grout lines can benefit from occasional re-sealing to prevent staining. Use a penetrating sealer specifically for natural stone.
  • Check manufacturer care guidelines. Some quartz brands may have specific maintenance recommendations, so check what your manufacturer suggests.
  • Avoid excessive pressure. Refrain from applying too much force on the countertop from heavy impact or constant pressure in one area.
  • Protect from heat. While quartz is heat resistant, prolonged direct heat exposure can cause damage. Use trivets and don’t place hot pans directly on the surface.

Repairing Damage

  • Scratches – Very light superficial scratches can be buffed out by a professional stone polisher. Deeper scratches are usually permanent.
  • Chips and cracks – Small chips can sometimes be smoothed by a pro. But cracks and major chips will likely require replacement of that section of countertop.
  • Stains – Stains can sometimes be removed with a poultice made for quartz. But some deep stains may be impossible to remove completely without damaging the surface.
  • Burns – Minor heat marks may improve after several cleaning attempts. But too much direct heat will cause permanent marks. Protect the surface from burns.


How often should I clean my quartz countertop?

For regular maintenance, wiping down daily or a few times a week is sufficient. Deep clean every 1-2 weeks with soapy water or non-abrasive cleaner.

What should I avoid putting on a quartz countertop?
Very hot pots and pans, acidic or abrasive cleaners, excessive force, unprotected knife use. Always use trivets and cutting boards.

Can you cut on a quartz countertop?
Yes, but always use a cutting board to protect the surface from deep knife scratches. The surface is scratch resistant but not scratch proof.

Can quartz countertops stain?
Quartz is non-porous and resists stains well. But prolonged exposure to certain materials like wine, tomatoes, makeup can stain the surface over time. Wipe up spills quickly to prevent stains.

Is quartz heat resistant?
Quartz can withstand brief exposure to moderate heat. But prolonged direct heat can cause cracks, marks, or discoloration. Always use trivets for hot pans.

How long do quartz countertops last?
With proper care and maintenance, a quartz countertop should last 15-20 years or more before needing replacement. Some brands offer warranties up to 15 or 25 years.


Caring for quartz countertops does not require much effort. With regular cleaning using gentle soaps and water along with preventative habits like trivet use and avoiding harsh chemicals, quartz can stay looking like new for many years. Taking a little care will help your quartz countertops retain their beauty while also getting the most out of your investment. Be sure to follow any specific guidance from your quartz manufacturer as well. With the right maintenance routine, your quartz countertops will stay looking impeccable.