Quartz countertops are getting more popular nowadays because they are durable and available in various designs. It can be a great option for a busy kitchen as it is built to withstand daily wear and tear. But have you ever thought of how to clean quartz countertops after investing in them?

Just like all other furniture, quartz countertops can be riddled with dirt and germs that can make the appearance of a mess. You will want the quartz countertop that you invested maintain beautifully. You may invest in a quartz countertop for aesthetics or its durability, but no matter what the reason is, you will want to keep the surface of your quartz countertop clean.

Cleaning a quartz countertop can be easy-peasy, but even if the quartz countertop requires low maintenance, you will still need to know the right way to clean quartz countertops. Quartz is durable, but that doesn’t mean it is immune to damage. Using the right way to clean them can help you maintain their new and luxurious appearance.

We will be giving you some tips here to show you how to clean quartz countertops. Cleaning your quartz countertops regularly and promptly addressing stains can help maintain the quartz countertops in their original way.

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Use Dish Soap To Clean Quartz Countertop

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Dish soap can be used for daily cleaning of your quartz countertop. It can be fash and convenient. Just use a mild dish soap solution and mix it with water in a spray bottle. Wipe the surface first to remove debris, and spritz the counter with the dish soap you just mixed.

You can use a sponge or soft cloth to clean your quartz countertop by wiping the surface in circular motions. If soap residue is left on your quartz countertop’s surface, wash it off with a damp cloth and follow it with a dry towel to prevent water spots.

Remove Grease From Your Quartz Countertop

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If tough grease is on your quartz countertop, mild soap may not be effective. You will need a special degreaser to clean quartz countertops or a natural cleaning solution. The natural cleaning solution can be made using a diluted white vinegar solution. The ratio of this will be 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water.

Remember not to use raw ingredients, as the quartz will be discolored and damaged. The way to clean is similar to using dish soap. Spray the degreaser on the grease and clean thoroughly with a sponge or cloth. Wipe your quartz countertop again with a damp towel to remove any water spots.

Remove Stuck-on Grime On Your Quartz Countertop

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Grime is definite too stubborn for you to clean off by just using hot or warm water. But there is one way you can try removing the grime from your quartz countertop. You can use dried food bits or spills that have a lot of time to sit, and you can’t use too much strength. Scrape the stubborn grime as gently as possible.

A putty knife can be a good option for this and can be effective when removing stuck-on grime. It will be easier to remove if you soak the grime first for at least 5 minutes.

Removing Stain From Your Quartz Countertop

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Sometimes it can be hard to remove stains from your quartz countertop, especially if you didn’t wipe off spills immediately, and you will see stains.

Use an adhesive remover: removing those sticky, gooey stains can be a headache, and you will be using a lot of time and elbow grease to clean them. You can consider using an adhesive remover which will be easier. It is very easy to use these commercial products and extremely effective in cleaning up stains from your quartz countertop. But you must remember that not all adhesive removers are suitable for your countertop. Get one that is specially made for the stone or one that is safe to use on it.

Using Rubbing Alcohol: Another option to remove these stubborn spots caused by grease, soap scum, or gravy spills. Using isopropyl alcohol (70%) will be your best option to remove the stain quickly. Remember, clean it with minimal scrubbing. You can start by wetting a cloth with rubbing alcohol and cleaning the stain on your quartz countertop. Finish off by wiping with a towel that is dampened in warm water.

Using Glass Cleaner: It is not advisable to use glass cleaning products on a quartz kitchen counter because of the chemical content. But you can use a quartz-safe glass cleaner on a bathroom counter. Just spray it directly on the stain, and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Use a damp towel to scrub the stain. If you have a problem with the dull, grimy film often found on your stone, a glass cleaner will also help remove it.

 

Tips To Clean Quartz Countertops Daily

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Use soft rags and mild detergents: To maintain your countertop clean, you need consistency. You should wipe your countertop with warm water and mild soap daily, especially if you regularly use your kitchen. Such as those that are constantly cooking and preparing meals for your family. This will also help to prevent dirt buildup. You will be getting rid of dirt daily if you clean every day. Spots and stains won’t pile up and harden easily.

Plastic scrapers are key: If the gunk has already piled up by chance, you can consider using a plastic scraper to get rid of the dirt. Plastic scrapers are perfect for removing superglue, dried grease, and stuck gums. But the best way is still to remove the dirt immediately instead of letting it build up. It would be best if you could keep a plastic scraper in one of your kitchen drawers, just in case you need it.

Use the best quartz cleaner you can buy: Not all cleaning solutions are suitable for cleaning countertops. You can go to the nearest home depot to find one suitable for cleaning quartz countertops. Once you find one you are comfortable with, try to use it as often as necessary. Remember, don’t get those that contain bleach, as it will cause your countertop to discolor.

As long as the cleaning agent doesn’t have bleach, it can go a long way in tackling tough stains. Also, clean your spills immediately with a degreaser without causing any harm to the surface. Always check the cleaning agent label for information on countertop safety and protection when you are choosing the product.

How to Disinfect Quartz Countertops for Germs, Viruses, and COVID-19

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With the pandemic and the germs and viruses that we are bringing back home every day, it is recommended to disinfect your quartz countertops at least once per day. This ensures that your entire countertop surface is clean and gets the maximum effect against germs, bacteria, and viruses.

  • Prepare your space: Clear away all the utensils, appliances, and other items on your countertop. It will be easier to access the entire surface.
  • Remove any buildup: Use a dry rag to wipe off any crumbs on your countertop into the sink or a dustpan before wiping. This can prevent scratches on your countertops.
  • Spray the surfaces: Spray your countertops with the cleaning solution and allow the solution to sit for at least 60 seconds. You will want to get the maximum effect.
  • Scrub your counters: Scrub your countertops using a clean, soft rag. Apply more cleaning solutions to your countertop to break up stubborn grease or sticky spots.
  • Wipe your surfaces: When you have finished scrubbing, rinse your rag and wipe away any leftover soap from your countertop before drying with a towel.

What Should You Not Use For Your Quartz Countertops?

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Not all types of cleaning solutions are suitable for cleaning quartz countertops. Things such as abrasive or harsh chemicals should not be used to clean your quartz countertops. You shouldn’t use degreasers, sourcing pads, bleach or alkaline cleaning solutions, or disinfect formulas with high pH levels. If not, it will damage your countertop and ruin its integrity. So if you are using these for cleaning other items, ensure that you don’t leave them on the countertop surface.

To prevent stubborn gunk from building up, try using mild detergents, soapy water, and gentle cleaning products. These are enough for daily maintenance rather than deep or harsh cleaning methods. If you accidentally spill your nail polish or permanent marker on your quartz countertop, try using watered-down lemon juice or a dose of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to clean it up.

How Do You Keep Quartz Countertops Clean And Shiny?

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Quartz is stain-resistant, but it doesn’t mean it won’t get stained, and you don’t have to wipe your quartz surface or risk discoloration. You will still need to clean up any spills immediately, especially if the spill has an acidic base. Spills with an acidic base can discolor the quartz.

You don’t have to reseal your countertop, but you can buff them with a soft cloth if you want to add a little zhush. You can add an extra special shiny finish to your countertop by spraying disinfectant and water and wiping it clean. But be careful, you wouldn’t want to use too much of it.

If you want something that works well for a kitchen drenched in natural light or skylights, you can try using quartz cleaner. The cleaner has UV protection to prevent the stone from fading or turning yellow due to sunlight exposure. It helps spruce up the quartz countertop’s surface without exposing it to anything abrasive or too oily.

Proper Maintenance To Prevent Damage To Your Quartz Countertop

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Cleaning quartz countertops isn’t just about getting rid of dirt and dust. Proper maintenance is also important as it can maintain the durability of your quartz countertop. If you don’t maintain it properly, it is bound to break down earlier, no matter how good the quality is.

Don’t overexposure to high heat: Anything that is overexposed can never be good. It is the same for your countertop. Buy products, such as heat stands, to raise your hot pots and pans from the surface of your quartz countertop. You wouldn’t need to put your hot pans directly on the countertop.

Use chopping boards: Well, it can look tempting to chop your ingredients directly on the quartz surface as you prepare your food, but it is best not to, as the countertop surface may get scratched by the knives. Using knives or other sharp objects directly on the countertop surface is not advisable.

Do not smash things on top of your quartz countertop: Quart countertops are durable, but who knows, you might tone down on the pressure by smashing things on top of the countertop. Excessive smashing may cause brittleness and cracks.

Use the right products: We have mentioned a lot about using the right products to clean your quartz countertop in this article. It can be tricky, and you may want to do more research on it as certain products may cause harm to your countertop.

 

Common Mistakes Makes When Maintaining Quartz Countertops

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Not wiping spills immediately: Although quartz is stain-resistant, but it isn’t completely stain-proof. You wouldn’t want to leave the spills too long on your quartz. It can stain your countertop. The best way is to wipe and clean the spills immediately after they happen. You can remove the stain, but it will be a long process and may not be removed entirely.

Using inappropriate cleaners: Not all cleaning products are suitable for quartz countertops. Using inappropriate cleaning products will cause lasting stains. Acidic and alkaline cleaners should be avoided as they break down the bonds between resin and quartz. It will cause permanent damage to the surface. Harsh and acidic cleaners, such as vinegar, lemon, and lime, will weaken the sealant of the countertop and will make the surface more prone to staining. Mixing dish soap, antibacterial soap, or hand soap with water is enough to keep your countertops clean. You can use this method daily, which is as effective as any quartz cleaner in the market.

Using abrasive brushing pads: Do not use abrasive brushing pads to wipe your countertop because it may cause small scratches on the surface. Even though the small scratches aren’t very visible, they will cause your countertops to lose their shine and luster. It is recommended to use a microfiber cloth in the process of cleaning.

Putting hot items directly on top of the countertop: Quartz isn’t entirely immune to heat, so ensure that you don’t put your hot pots and pans directly on your countertop. Extreme heat will damage the resin and cause discoloration. If the damage is done, you wouldn’t be able to fix it; the only way is to repair the entire piece. Sudden extreme changes in temperature can cause the surface to crack too. So don’t expose your countertop surface to heat. Remember to put cooking pads or trivets to protect the surface.

Cutting food without a chopping board: Any sharp object can cause permanent scratches on the surface. So it is best to use a cutting board when preparing your ingredients.

Using metallic objects to scrape the surface: Although it is best to prevent spills, accidents will still happen. You may still need to scrape off the gunk on the countertop surface. So when the time comes, you will need to use plastic objects like a scraper. Just like knives, sharp metallic objects will scratch the surface, so never use any sharp metallic objects.

Using hot water to clean your countertop: Heat will break down the resin of the quartz. You wouldn’t want to use hot water to clean your countertop. Ensure you use water at room temperature or only mildly warm when cleaning the countertop.

 

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