How to Disinfect Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertop material is a man-made product engineered from ground quartz blended with resins and pigments. It is an excellent material for kitchen countertops, as the super hard resin makes it non-porous. The advantage of this over a material like granite is that it's more stain resistant, harbors less bacteria, and doesn't need to be sealed.
Food preparation and cooking can be messy processes, and spills and splatters are a common occurrence. This means your quartz surfaces can quickly become a bacterial breeding ground for E. coli, Salmonella, cold, flu and more. Other possibly contaminated items that people tend to set on their countertops include purses, lunchboxes, backpacks, grocery bags, mail or other household objects.
It's recommended that you clean quartz countertops daily and disinfect them at least twice a week, on top of immediate spot disinfecting after any use of raw meat, eggs or dairy products.
Whether highly acidic or highly alkaline, products such as nail polish remover, glass cleaners, oven cleaners and concentrated bleach will disintegrate the bond between the quartz and resin, and potentially damage the surface. You should also avoid using abrasive sponges or scouring pads, as these can dull the polished surface of your quartz counters.
Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner is a ready-to-use product that cleans, disinfects and deodorizes hard, non-porous surfaces in one quick and easy step. The EPA registered formula is proven to kill a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, including 14 that popular cleaning products don't**, such as cold, flu, E. coli, Salmonella, Staph and other illness-causing bacteria.
Remove any countertop appliances, food items or utensils before disinfecting.
- Clear countertops. Remove any crumbs or visible build-up.
- Apply Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner. Cover the counter with Clean Finish. Be sure the cleaner reaches under the overhang of the countertops, as well as up the backsplashes. Allow the surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes.
- Wipe clean. After 2 minutes, follow the cleaner with clean, dampened paper towels.
- Dry. Wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth or allow to air dry.
TIP: Avoid cutting foods directly on the surface without a cutting board. Although very hard, the surface can be scratched if you cut too hard. Bacteria from the food you're preparing can then sink into the scratches.
TIP: Kitchen countertops tend to be the dirtiest near the sink area because people wipe them down with sponges and cleaning cloths that are often crawling with bacteria. Always use paper towels to wipe down the countertop - they absorb a lot of moisture and you can just throw them away.
**Based on a 2016 Disinfection Brand Study comparing products from Clorox, Lysol, Formula 409, Windex, Fantastik and Pine-Sol.