Caring for Quartz
The process of maintaining your kitchen’s new sleek appearance does not necessarily have to be time-intensive and painful. It is a general rule that the more often you clean your home, the less money and time you spend on the major cleaning overhauls. However, when it comes to your surfaces, including quartz kitchen countertops, it is about making smart decisions. Choosing the most suitable materials for the right uses and applications, particularly when it comes to your kitchen and bathroom areas, is a key factor in your overall cleanliness. Knowing how to maintain your quartz countertop is therefore quite important.
How to maintain your quartz countertop
There are two methods to ensure the maintenance of your quartz kitchen countertops:
• Preventing damages
You should routinely clean your quartz countertops using mild detergent and a soft rag. Always confirm that the detergent is both non-abrasive and non-bleach.
Wipe up any spilled liquids either immediately or as soon as possible and employ a surface or glass cleaner with a non-abrasive sponge to remove thick or dry stains. Sponges intended for non-stick pans are ideal. Although quartz countertops resist fruit juice, tea, and coffee stains for a considerable period, the degree of stain resistance usually depends on the brand of your quartz countertop.
For deep cleaning, generously spray the surface cleaner over your quartz counters and allow at least ten minutes, before you can use a non-scratch sponge to wipe away. Utilize a plastic putty knife to scrape off grease, gum, or paint and a degreasing cleanser to completely remove the oil. Rinse the surface immediately after cleaning. Use an oil-based cleaner to remove permanent markers or ink and warm water to rinse out the surface immediately you successfully remove the stain.
It is important always to place a hot pad or trivet underneath your electric skillets, crock pots, and hot pans. Thermal shocks, quick changes in the temperature, can damage quartz counters even though they can resist temperatures of up to 149 °C.
Avoid the use of sharp metallic objects, especially knives, directly on your quartz kitchen surfaces. If a quartz countertop is hit with such objects, it might get damaged since it can only resist scratching to a point. You should also utilize a cutting board placed on the countertop to minimize potential damages.
You must always refrain from cleaning your quartz countertop with alkaline or highly acidic cleansing products such as turpentine, dishwasher rinsing agents, nail polish remover, drain cleaners, bleach, oven cleaner, trichloroethane or methylene chloride. You should also refrain from applying unnecessary force or pressure on the countertop since this might chip the slab.
Tip: As much as most of the quartz countertops have a 10-year or more manufacturer’s warranty, using abrasive cleaners usually makes these warranties voids. If you want to learn more, Rockstella Stonery Inc. is a helpful website with lots of information and resources.