How To Maintain A Quartz Countertop

Posted on: 28 June 2017

Quartz is a luxurious natural stone that creates a highly durable and attractive surface for countertops. However, no matter how durable it may be, quartz can still be stained and marred from excessive exposure to a variety of different materials. In order to maintain the natural and sleek aesthetic of your quartz countertops, proper care needs to be taken while cleaning.

What to Do

Grease and Stuck Food: Any sort of stuck on food, hardened grease, or other type of residue that has adhered to your countertop can be removed using a plastic putty knife or some other thin edged surface. Avoid metal tools or anything with a sharp edge, as this can cut into the surface of your quartz.

General Cleaning: The good thing about quartz is that it will resist most stains caused by food and substance spills by itself, which means that you will not have to worry about scrubbing stains out of your countertops. Since quartz is unabsorbent, all you really need to clean the surface of your countertops is a mixture of warm water and common household cleaning detergent (dishwashing detergent and most soaps are both adequate replacements). Use a soft sponge or rag to wipe up spills and dirt as needed to maintain the appearance of your quartz.

What to Avoid

Like all countertop surfaces, there are a few things that you should avoid doing while cleaning and maintaining your quartz counters as you can cause damage and discoloration.

Heat: While quartz is able to withstand heat without becoming damaged, the plastic resin that is mixed into your countertop's surface is susceptible to heat damage and can cause cracking if exposed to hot pans and utensils. Make use of pads to protect your counters.

Abrasion: You'll want to avoid all sorts of cleaning materials that are abrasive in nature, like steel wool, which can mar the surface of your countertop. Further, you should stay away from most commercial cleaners, as their highly acidic or basic nature can cause discoloration to your quartz.

Cutting: Though quartz is a highly durable material that is able to withstand blunt physical trauma extremely well without becoming damaged, care needs to be taken while using knives and other sharp instruments on your counters. Any sort of cutting can cause nicks on the actual surface of your counters which cannot be buffed or polished out, so make sure to make use of cutting boards.

To have a quartz countertop installed in your kitchen, contact a general contractor company like AKM Building Systems Inc.


Explaining Your Vision to Your Contractor

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