What You Need to Know About Maintaining Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are unrivaled when it comes to design, sophistication and timeless appeal. For these reasons, more and more homeowners consider quartz countertops for their kitchen remodeling projects. As for the quartz countertops prices, it will depend on the style and color.

Aside from its durability, quartz countertops are known for its ease of maintenance. This is because quartz is designed to have a non-porous surface. Non-porous surface means that there are no holes or cracks where liquids could seep in. With this, quartz countertops are more resistant to staining compared to other countertop materials. More importantly, since there are no cracks or holes, it is harder for germs and bacteria to be stuck into the counter area.

If you already considered quartz countertops, it is time to learn how to maintain it. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining quartz countertops:

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Routine cleaning

 • You already know that quartz has the ability to resist permanent staining. However, it is crucial that you wipe up the spills immediately – before they have a chance to dry out. You need to act immediately using a soft cloth and mild dishwashing detergent.

• For heavy stains or dried spills, the best thing to do is to look for a glass or surface cleaner, a non-abrasive sponge and elbow grease. If there is paint or gum, you need a plastic putty knife to gently scrape it off.

• For removing cooking grease, you need a degreasing product. Degreasing products will help loosen the grease from the surface of the countertop. You should follow the instructions for use.

• For removing permanent marker, you need a moistened cloth and a marker remover. You need to rub the cloth with market remover unto the stain and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Next time, you need to protect your countertop from your kid’s artistry by putting craft papers or placemats.

Deep cleaning

Daily wiping is your basic maintenance requirement. Do not forget to pay attention to spills and act immediately. However, you should schedule an overall deep cleaning regularly. The first thing to do is to spray a generous amount of cleaner over the countertop and let it sit for about ten minutes. The next thing to do is to wipe it away with a non-scratch sponge.

What not to do

When it comes to caring for your quartz countertops, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

• Do not use abrasives and acid cleaners because it can dull the surface. You already know that soapy water usually does the trick. If you need a stronger cleanser, make sure that it is designed on the quartz surface.

• Do not put your pots or pans directly on the surface. Though quartz is heat and scorch-resistant, the resin is prone to melting if exposed to temperatures above 300°F. Long exposure to heat may lead to cracking. To be safe, always use hot pads and trivets.

• Do not slice without a cutting board. Although quartz countertops are scratch resistant, it is always a good habit to use a cutting board.