How Hard Is Quartz Maintenance?
Finally moving beyond Formica with your upcoming kitchen or bath redesign? Making yourself familiar with the cleaning and maintenance needs of possible stone selections before committing to a countertop material can help prevent buyer’s remorse. Granite, marble, and quartz are each created differently, and as such, have different care requirements. Just how does quartz maintenance stack up against these other countertop options?
How to Maintain a Quartz Countertop
The nonporous surface of this manmade stone is virtually maintenance free – but that doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. You’ll still need to follow a few simple maintenance rules when caring for quartz…
- Wipe up spills immediately. Quartz is stain-resistant – not stain-proof.
- Clean with a soft sponge or dishcloth and water, adding a dollop of dish soap or manufacturer-approved gentle cleanser for stubborn/greasy messes.
- Enlist the help of a plastic putty knife for the careful removal of gummy/hardened materials.
- Use a trivet/hot pad beneath hot pans, crockpots, and other heat-generating items to protect your countertop. Again, quartz is heat resistant, not fireproof.
- Cut on your cutting board – not your counter.
- DO NOT
- Do not seal your quartz. Its nonporous surface doesn’t require any sealing to resist stains.
- Stay away from abrasive sponges, pads, or cleaners, which may dull the surface.
- Avoid cleaners with very high or low pH levels (concentrated bleach, oven cleaner, nail polish remover, turpentine, drain cleaner, etc.). Use only common, manufacture recommended cleaners to avoid disintegrating the bonds between quartz and resin.
- Never place hot items directly on your counter. Though comprised of 90-95% quartz, the small amount of plastic resin binders in slabs can melt with exposures over 300 degrees F.
- Do not cut on your counter. Quartz is hard, but can wear with the repeated abuse of sharp objects.
Our beautiful stone selections may be hard as a rock, but there’s no such thing as a fool-proof countertop solution. Keep countertop care bloopers to a minimum with the help of Granite Imports, Colorado’s premier premium stone distributor. Shop your local showroom today.