What Should I Use to Clean a Quartz Countertop?

Over the past few years, quartz countertops have busted onto the scene and into the kitchens of many homeowners. And by the looks of their increasing popularity, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. On top of coming in many colors, styles and patterns, quartz is known for its durability and ease of maintenance. But you can’t just take its durability for granite… see what we did there? 
Low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance, so make sure you are still partaking in the proper cleaning practices to keep your countertop in great condition. Read on to learn more about what you can do to maintain your quartz countertop. 

The Big Advantage of Quartz Countertops 

There’s no secret that quartz’s biggest advantage is its durability. Engineered quartz is composed of 90% quartz minerals mixed with resins, polymers, and color pigments. After going through reinforcement treatment and being polished, they are ready for sale. That meticulous process is the reason why quartz countertops are highly resistant to heat, stains and cracks, making them an excellent choice for a high-traffic area like a kitchen.  

How to Clean Quartz Countertops 

Cleaning kitchen countertops in general isn’t just about maintaining the countertop material’s long-term value – it’s also about maintaining kitchen hygiene, as regular cleaning will prevent discoloration and stains. Here are a few ways to clean quartz countertops: 
Soapy Water: One of the easiest and safest ways to clean quartz countertops is by using a mixture of dish soap and warm water. Fill a spray bottle with the soapy solution and spray it onto the countertop surface. Then, gently scrub the surface with a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots or streaks. 
Vinegar and Water Combination: Although it should not be used regularly on your quartz countertop due to vinegar’s acidity, if you’re dealing with tougher stains, you can create a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray it onto the quartz surface. Let it sit for a few minutes to loosen the stains, then scrub gently with a non-abrasive sponge. Rinse the surface thoroughly with water and wipe dry. 
Glass Cleaner: Another option for cleaning quartz countertops is to use a non-abrasive glass cleaner. Look for a glass cleaner that does NOT contain ammonia, as ammonia-based cleaners can be too harsh for quartz. Spray the glass cleaner directly onto the surface and wipe it clean with a soft cloth or paper towel. Make sure to rinse the countertop thoroughly with water afterward to remove any residue. 
Baking Soda Paste: For stubborn stains or dried-on residue, you can create a paste using baking soda and water. Mix baking soda with a small amount of water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stained areas and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Gently scrub the surface with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, then rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a clean cloth. 
There’s one rule consistent with all of these cleaning methods – always use non-abrasive cleaning tools. Abrasive cleaners can scratch the surface of your countertop, so make sure to regularly use gentle cleaning techniques to maintain the beauty and longevity of your quartz. 

Take Preventative Measures

At Youngstown Granite & Quartz, our quartz countertops are extremely durable and resistant to cracks and scratches. However, no countertop is indestructible. There are small preventative steps that you can take that will make a big difference in extending your countertop’s lifetime.

Use Cutting Boards 

Quartz countertops are highly resistant to scratches, but it’s still best to use cutting boards and trivets as an extra layer of protection. Avoid cutting or chopping directly on the surface to prevent any potential damage from sharp utensils. Similarly, use trivets or heat-resistant pads when placing hot pots, pans, or heated appliances on the countertop to prevent thermal shock. 

Clean Spills Promptly 

Accidents happen, and spills are inevitable. To prevent staining or potential damage to your quartz countertop, clean up spills promptly. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away spills as soon as they occur. This includes acidic substances like lemon juice, vinegar, or tomato sauce, which can etch the surface if left unattended. 

Be Mindful of Heavy Impact 

While quartz countertops are durable, they can still be susceptible to damage from heavy impact. Avoid dropping or slamming heavy objects onto the surface, as this may cause chipping or cracking. Be cautious when handling heavy kitchenware or tools to prevent any accidents that could potentially damage the countertop. 

Regularly Clean and Maintain 

One of the best preventative measures is regular cleaning and maintenance. Follow proper cleaning techniques using non-abrasive cleaners and gentle tools. This helps remove any debris or substances that could potentially cause damage if left unattended. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Quartz Countertops 

Q: What is the best way to clean quartz countertops? 
A: The best way to clean quartz countertops is by using a mild dish soap mixed with warm water and gently scrubbing with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, and rinse thoroughly with water. 
Q: Can I use vinegar to clean quartz countertops? 
A: While vinegar is a natural cleaning agent, it’s not recommended for regular cleaning of quartz countertops due to its high acidity. However, you can use it sparingly on tough stains.  
Q: Can I use bleach or abrasive cleaners on quartz countertops? 
A: It’s best to avoid using bleach or abrasive cleaners on quartz countertops as they can cause damage to the surface. 
Q: How do I prevent streaks or water spots on my quartz countertop? 
A: To prevent streaks or water spots, it’s important to thoroughly rinse the countertop after cleaning and dry it with a lint-free cloth. This helps remove any residue or mineral deposits that can cause streaking. 
Q: Are quartz countertops resistant to scratches? 
A: Quartz countertops are highly scratch-resistant, but they are not completely scratch-proof. While they can withstand daily use and normal wear and tear, you should still use cutting boards and avoid dragging or sliding heavy or sharp objects directly on the surface to minimize the risk of scratches. 
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