Quartz countertops are composed of quartz stone and a synthetic polymer. These popular, granite-like countertops are naturally glossy and do not require polishing. Some care has to be taken in order to ensure they maintain their luster; however, they are harder to damage than other countertops, like laminate and Corian. In order to care for quartz countertops, you must avoid quick changes in temperature, hard pressure and you must use non-abrasive cleaners. This article will tell you how to maintain a quartz countertop.
1. Clean routinely with a soft rag and mild detergent. Make sure this detergent is non-bleach and non-abrasive.
2. Wipe up liquids as soon as possible. Quartz resists stains from fruit juices, tea and coffee for at least a short period of time. The amount of stain resistance may depend on the brand of quartz countertop you own.
3. Use a glass or surface cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge to clean up dried or heavy stains. You can use sponges that are made for non-stick pans.
For deep cleaning, spray a generous amount of the surface cleaner over your counters and leave for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a non-scratch sponge.
4. Scrape away gum, grease or paint with a plastic putty knife.
5. Use a degreasing cleanser to clean off grease. Rinse immediately after cleaning.
6. Remove ink or permanent markers with an oil-based cleaner, like Goo Gone. Rinse with warm water immediately after the stain is removed.
Prevent Countertop Damage
1. Place a trivet or hot pad below hot pans, crock pots and electric skillets. Although quartz can resist temperatures up to 300 °F (149 °C) (150 Celsius), it can be damaged by quick changes in temperature, known as “thermal shock.”
2. Avoid using knives directly on the quartz surface. Quartz countertops are highly scratch resistant, but they are not scratch-proof and can be damaged when forcefully hit with sharp objects. Use a cutting board placed on top of the countertop to avoid damage.
3. Avoid cleaning with highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, such as nail polish remover, turpentine, oven cleaner, bleach, drain cleaners, dishwasher rinsing agents, trichloroethane or methylene chloride. Clean immediately with a mild detergent and rinse, if they are spilled.
4. Avoid pressure or force on your countertop, as it can chip the stone.
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