One of the first questions that comes to mind once your new quartz countertops have been installed is how you should care for them to keep them looking their best. You might have even considered this before selecting quartz, and their low maintenance may be one of the reasons you went with quartz countertops to begin with.
Even so, you need to know what to do and not to do when cleaning your new countertops. Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy the appearance of your quartz countertops for years to come:
- DO clean up spills promptly- Some spills can stain quartz countertops if they are left in place too long. Quartz is stain-resistant, but not completely impervious to stains.
- DO use a mild soap- You do not need anything fancy to clean your quartz countertops. A mild soap and a soft cloth will do wonders. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid a hazy appearance.
- DO NOT use metal scrapers to remove dried or sticky stuff- It’s best to use plastic to get off anything stubborn. Do not use scouring pads either. Preferably, dampen the item to see if it will loosen without needing something that could scratch the quartz. You can also use plain window cleaner or diluted isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
- DO NOT use products that contain bleach- Bleach can be found in many cleaners these days, as well as in toiletries and other products. If you do happen to spill something containing bleach on your counters, clean it off as quickly as you can.
- DO NOT use acidic cleaners- It isn’t just bleach that can damage countertops. Acidic ingredients such as vinegar, lemon, and some disinfectant wipes can weaken the surface if used regularly.
- DO protect your quartz countertops- Use cutting boards and trivets to keep your countertops looking their best for many years to come.
Quartz countertops are a very durable option for kitchens and bathrooms, but like any countertop material, you need to know the limitations of quartz. This is a wonderful option that will give you years of performance with proper care. If you would like to know more about quartz countertops for your home, reach out to us at Complete Kitchen & Bath. We also offer granite countertops and will be happy to help you select the right option to meet your objectives.