Cleaning Quartz Countertops: A Comprehensive Guide

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Engineered quartz countertops offer a sophisticated, timeless appeal that rivals real stone so it is no wonder that quartz has become incredibly popular across the South Sound region of Washington State. Cleaning quartz countertops doesn’t have to be a chore though!

Maintaining the pristine condition of your engineered quartz countertops is essential to preserve their timeless appeal. To avoid common mistakes, stains, and marks that can detract from their beauty, it’s important to follow proper quartz care and cleaning practices. By understanding the potential pitfalls and taking preventive measures, you can ensure your quartz countertops remain stunning for years to come.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide you with all the information you need to ensure your engineered quartz countertops remain pristine for years to come.

  1. Daily Cleaning and Basic Maintenance:
    • Wipe up spills promptly: Although quartz resists permanent staining from liquids like wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice, soda, and fruits and vegetables, it’s crucial to wipe up spills immediately before they have a chance to dry.
    • Fresh messes: Use mild dishwashing detergent and a soft cloth to take care of fresh messes. Gently clean the affected area and ensure thorough rinsing.
    • Dried spills or heavy stains: For dried spills or stubborn stains, use a glass or surface cleaner specifically designed for quartz countertops. Combine it with a nonabrasive sponge or a sponge designed for nonstick pans, applying a little elbow grease to remove the stains effectively.
  2. Removing Cooking Grease:
    • If your countertop has been subjected to cooking grease, use a degreasing product that effectively loosens and removes grease from the surface. Follow the instructions provided by the cleanser manufacturer for optimal results.
  3. Erasing Permanent Marker Stains:
    • Should you discover ink or permanent marker stains on your quartz countertops, moisten a cloth with a product like Goo Gone or a comparable stain remover. Gently rub it into the stain, and rinse thoroughly with warm water to eliminate any residue left by the cleanser.
  4. Deep Cleaning:
    • In addition to daily cleaning, experts recommend performing a more thorough general cleaning about twice a month. Our showroom offers a food-safe, commercial-grade product that not only cleans but also helps maintain the beautiful luster of your countertops. Visit our showroom to find the perfect solution for your quartz countertop needs.
  5. Items to Avoid at All Costs:
    • Abrasives and Acid or Alkaline Cleaners: Never use abrasive cleansers or scouring pads, as they can dull the surface of your quartz countertops. Soapy water is generally sufficient for cleaning, but if you need a gentle cleanser with more power, make sure it is specifically formulated for use on quartz surfaces. Steer clear of harsh cleaning solutions with extreme pH levels, such as nail polish remover, turpentine, drain cleaner, or dishwasher rinsing agents.
    • Extreme Heat: Protect your quartz countertops from extreme heat by always using trivets or hot pads. While the material is heat- and scorch-resistant, the resin used in manufacturing can melt in temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid sudden temperature changes or prolonged exposure to heat from pans left on the countertop to prevent potential cracking.
    • Slicing or Dicing Without a Cutting Board: Although quartz is a hard surface, it is not impervious to the effects of sharp objects like knives. Always use a cutting board to prevent unsightly scratches on your quartz countertops. Pssst – Tops offers a chip repair service if you need to undo an uh oh.

Quartz countertops combine the best of authenticity and ingenuity, offering timeless beauty and durability. By following regular cleaning and maintenance practices, you can ensure they provide a lifetime of pleasure in your kitchen. Be kind to your quartz countertops, attend to spills promptly, and use gentle cleaning products to keep them looking pristine. With proper care, your engineered quartz countertops will continue to impress with their sophistication and enduring appeal.

Struggling to get out that stubborn countertop stain? If you’re located in the South Sound area feel free to email the Tops Team with your pictures and any additional info. We offer a variety of maintenance and repair services!

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