Quartz countertops have been one of the top trending countertop materials for kitchens for years. If you are remodeling your kitchen and want to install countertops that will be popular for years, you will want to consider installing quartz countertops. However, if you want your newly installed quartz countertops to look great for years to come, you need to take proper care of them.
#1: Clean Up Spills Immediately
Quartz countertops are strong, but that doesn't mean you should just let spilled substances sit on the countertops for an extended period. Although quartz is resistant to staining, it is not stain-proof, so as soon as you spill something, take the time to wipe it up. Wiping up spills right away will save you from needing to learn how to remove stains.
#2: Use the Right Cleaners
There are many cleaning products that you shouldn't use on quartz. You will want to avoid using alkaline cleaners and acidic cleaners; both types of cleaners will damage the bond between the protected resin on your countertops and the counters themselves. Using harsh cleaners will break down the surface and lead to staining.
Instead, stick to gentle cleaners like dish soaps, hand soaps, and antibacterial soap. A little basic soap is all you need to clean your quartz countertops with.
#3: Use Soft Cleaning Tools
It is important to use soft tools to clean your counters. Don't use anything that is abrasive; abrasive cleaning tools and pads will cause little scratches to your countertop that you may not be able to see at first but will wear away at the luster of your countertop. The best cleaning tool for a quartz countertop is a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths are soft and don't leave watermarks on your counter either. Therefore, they are the perfect cleaning tool.
#4: Use a Chopping Board
Your countertops may seem strong, as they are made from stone. However, that doesn't mean you need to treat them rough. For example, you should still use a cutting board when cutting up food. This will keep the knife from scratching up the surface of your countertops. Using a cutting board will also keep the juices from whatever you are cutting from staining your counters and make the mess easier to clean up.
Don't be too rough with your quartz countertops; use gentle cleaners and gentle cleaning tools, clean things up, and use a chopping board to protect your countertops from wear. Talk to an installer near you about any other cleaning tips they have for your new quartz countertops so you can keep them looking like new and avoid wearing down the surface and staining your countertops.