Caring for Your Quartz Countertops: What You Can and Cannot Do
Quartz countertops are as timeless and sophisticated as natural stone countertops. If you have them in your kitchen, you must know how to preserve them. While comptoir quartz Granite au Sommet will resist stains when exposed to liquids such as tea, vinegar, wine, soda, lemon juice, and even fruits, you need to get rid of stains right away.
How to Clean Daily Spills and Stains
Use a soft cloth and mild dishwashing detergent. For heavy stains or dried spills, use a surface or glass cleaner, some elbow grease, and a nonabrasive sponge. To get rid of cooking grease, use a degreasing product to loosen and grease and get rid of it from the countertop. Make sure to follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
Everyday wiping and removing spills will satisfy the basic maintenance requirements of your quartz countertops. However, deeper general cleaning should be done around twice every month to maintain your countertops’ luster.
What to Avoid
To preserve the appeal and integrity of your countertops you must know what to avoid:
- Using acid and abrasives or alkaline cleaners. Do not use abrasive cleaners and scouring pads when cleaning your quartz countertops because they can dull the surface. Soapy water often does the trick. When using a cleaner to get rid of surface stains, ensure it’s meant to be used on quartz countertops.
- Exposing the countertops to extreme heat. Hot pads and trivets are the best friends of quartz countertops. While quartz can resist heat and scorching, the plastic resin used in making quartz countertops can melt in heat beyond 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Prolonged exposure to heat and a sudden temperature change from a pan on the countertop may lead to cracking of the countertops. So, make sure to use a hot pad or trivet.
- Cutting or slicing something directly on the countertop. While quartz is a hard surface, this hardness is enough to stand up against the impacts of sharp objects such as knives. So, it is important to cut, slice, or dice on a cutting board to ensure your countertops won’t have ugly scratches.
- Using bleach. Bleach is a strong cleaning agent that can eat through the protective sealant of your countertops. Also, bleach can dull their finish and may even cause permanent discolouration to your countertops. And because quartz countertops are non-porous, they can resist stains and bacteria. Because of this, harsh cleaners such as bleach are not required.