QUARTZ 101: Upkeep, Cleaning and Care

Cleaning sink and faucet with spray.Quartz is considered one of the hardest minerals on the planet, after diamonds, of course, so it makes a very durable countertop. Quartz countertops are known for their longevity, and can stand up to daily use, making them a great option for the kitchen. Since quartz is less porous than other types of stone, the chances of food particles sinking into them is small; this makes the countertop resistant to bacterial contamination as well.  Taking care of your quartz countertop is as easy as following these tips:

Day to Day

Wipe up spills before they can stain. Use a soft cloth and, when needed, some warm water and gentle soap to clean your countertop and prevent stains from forming. A paper towel will also do the trick when wiping up small, non-sticky spills.

Make sure to use cutting boards, trivets, and other necessary items. Your quartz countertop is not as scratch and heat-proof as you think it may be. It can stand up to some abuse, as it is indeed scratch and heat resistant, but there is a difference between “resistant” and “proof.” To avoid damaging your countertop,  use a cutting board when preparing your meal, and trivets when placing hot pots and pans on your counter.

Weekly & Seasonal

Seal your countertop on a yearly basis. This will keep it shiny and new-looking, as well as prevent liquids from seeping into the stone. There are several different types of sealant to choose from, and applying them is fairly simple, as long as you follow the instructions.

Other Tips

  • Never use bleach or hard cleaning solvents on your quartz countertop, as they can damage the surface.
  • Keep inks, such as permanent marker, away from your counter. They can seep into the quartz and stain it.

Don’t let the upkeep, cleaning and care deter you– our stone surface experts can help you choose and utilize quartz in the most effective way possible for your next project. Contact Stoneworks Granite & Quartz today!