How to Clean Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are quite low maintenance compared to other types of stone. Engineered quartz is man made by combining quartz with resins, binding agents, and sometimes pigments. The resulting material has all the strength and durability of natural stone, as well as resistance to mold, mildew and stain- and odor-causing bacteria.
While quartz is relatively resilient, it's not necessarily scratch-proof. When cleaning your bathroom or kitchen countertops, it's imperative that you don't use acidic or abrasive cleaners, as they can create small scratches in the material's soft resin.
Keep oven cleaners, turpentine, drain cleaners, bleach, methylene chloride and all other harsh agents away from your quartz surfaces. These can lead to bubbling, staining or discoloration. Some manufacturers also advise against using glass cleaners containing harsh ammonia. Lastly, steer clear of scrubbing with abrasive melamine or scouring pads.
Using dish soap and warm water, as recommended by numerous online cleaning tips, can surely clean a quartz surface but won't help much in the way of polishing. Every time you use liquid soap, it leaves behind a thin layer of residue. Over time, this layer gets thick enough to dull the surface of the counter.
To keep your quartz countertops looking beautiful for years to come, you'll need to clean them regularly with a non-abrasive solution. Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them to avoid staining, and use Simple Green Stone Cleaner & Polish to give your counters the look and cleanliness your kitchen deserves.
It's recommended that you clean quartz countertops daily and disinfect them twice a week, in addition to immediate spot disinfecting after any use of raw meat, eggs or dairy products. Learn how to disinfect your countertops here.
Directions for Cleaning Quartz Countertops:
When in doubt about a surface, always spot test a small, non-prominent area first such as the underside of the ledge on your counter.
- Clear countertops. Move appliances, dishes and other items onto a different surface.
- Remove crumbs and debris. Wipe crumbs into your sink or trash can. You can use a plastic putty knife to scrape off any stuck-on food.
- Spray Simple Green on the countertop. Apply Simple Green Stone Cleaner & Polish to the surface.
- Scrub, if necessary. Use a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth for a thoroughly clean surface without scratching your counters.
- Wipe away. Thoroughly wipe down the counter with a damp sponge, non-abrasive cloth or paper towel to ensure a residue-free surface.
- Air dry. Allow the surface to dry before replacing appliances and dishes.
TIP: Make sure you're always using cutting boards, trivets and hot pads to protect your quartz counters from dangers outside of stains.