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Cleaning Quartz Countertops: A Complete Guide

cleaning quartz countertops over picture of kitchen

One of the best parts about quartz countertops is that they’re incredibly easy to maintain, making cleaning quartz countertops a simple chore. On top of their natural beauty and durability, this countertop option is just about as stress-free as it gets. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sealing your quartz countertop the way you do with granite

Though quartz may appear natural, it’s actually a man-made product. The hard resin leaves no room for pores, meaning the surface is stain resistant, scratch resistant, and doesn’t cling to bacteria the same way other kitchen countertops do. 

Though maintenance is minor, there are still some daily routines you can have in place to ensure your quartz countertops look as spotless as the day you bought them. In this post, we’ll cover the cleaning products you can use to clean your quartz countertops, quick wipe-downs vs. deep cleans, and ways you can prevent damage to your countertops. So roll up those sleeves, and let’s get started!

Products for Cleaning Quartz Countertops 

The number one mistake people make when cleaning quartz countertops is using the wrong products. They turn to bleach and abrasive cleaners to get out tough stains when all that really does is make the problem worse! 

We’ve compiled a list of everything you could ever need to clean your countertops. We’ll go into how each of these products is used in the next section. 

Daily Cleaning for Quartz Countertops

As mentioned earlier, quartz countertops don’t require daily cleaning. However, that doesn’t mean a daily routine to keep your countertops spotless can hurt! We recommend running a soft towel under warm water and adding a few drops of mild dishwashing soap to the towel (like Dawn). Then, rinse your counters thoroughly and dry. It’s as easy as that! 

Tip: If you want something a little stronger, you can whip up a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse thoroughly with water afterward! 

Tougher Cleaning for Quartz Countertops 

In those situations where a simple wipe down isn’t going to do the trick (ie: hardened food, dry grease, etc.), you might have to get a little creative with your stain removal tactics. We’ll break down some options to try when your stains are on the next level. 

Putty Knife for Cleaning Quartz Countertops

Believe it or not, a putty knife can often be the key to a clean countertop! These handy tools are a great alternative to the more harsh scouring pad that might work on other surfaces. You’ll most likely use this tool when trying to scrape off dirt or food that’s dried. Keep in mind to scrape gently to avoid scratches. 

Mild Degreaser for Cleaning Quartz Countertops

In some cases, a putty knife works great in combination with a mild degreaser. However, you want to be sure that whatever degreaser you purchase is labeled safe for quartz surfaces and bleach-free (such as Krud Kutter or Easy-Off). You’ll most likely utilize degreaser when removing cooking grease from your countertops. 

For this method, you’ll want to spray a generous amount of degreaser on your countertops and rinse the surface immediately afterward with a wet towel or sponge unless otherwise directed in the instructions.  

Glass Cleaner for Cleaning Quartz Countertops

A great cleaning option that you probably already have in your home is glass cleaner. Apply this glass cleaner with a paper towel or cloth to any spills and watch them disappear with absolutely zero streaks, or give it a few sprays and let the liquid sit for a few minutes before wiping down the counters with a wet cloth. 

Goo Gone & Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 

Goo Gone is a great option when you’ve really reached the end of the road (we’re talking permanent marker-level stains). Pour the adhesive remover directly on the stain, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, wipe it off, and rinse with warm water afterward. 

Another option for those tougher stains is Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, which can be rubbed into the stain using a wet cloth. Follow up with a warm water wipe down. 

Preventing Damage

On top regularly cleaning your quartz countertops, there are some steps you can take to ensure your countertop remains spotless years after installation. These precautions include cleaning up spills in a timely manner, protecting the surface from heat, utilizing your cutting board, and avoiding harsh cleaning products. We’ll dive a little deeper into why each of these four crimes against Quartz are so harmful. 

Crime #1: Letting Spills Sit

Perhaps the worst thing you can do for your quartz countertop is let spills sit. While it’s true that quartz will resist permanent staining from substances like wine, vinegar, tea, soda, etc., you don’t want to give these liquids a chance to dry. At that point, you could risk damaging the surface. A quick wipe down with soap and water only takes a second!

Crime #2: Exposure to Too Much Heat 

Even though quartz countertops are built to withstand high temperatures, it’s not something you want to test too often. Invest in hot pads or trivets for your crock pots, hot pans and electric skillets that can reach very high temperatures. Otherwise, you risk damaging your quartz. 

Remember that the resin used in manufacturing quartz is plastic, and therefore susceptible to melting when heat reaches above 300 degrees Fahrenheit. A quick temperature change or prolonged heat exposure can, in rare cases, cause the surface to crack. 

Crime #3: Cutting Directly on the Quartz

Cutting and chopping boards were made to be used! Just because your quartz countertop is durable doesn’t mean it’s scratch proof. All chopping, cutting and slicing should be done on a board to avoid scratches and prevent your knives from dulling. 

Crime #4: Using Harsh Cleaners

It might be tempting to use whatever cleaner you use to wipe down the microwave, oven, stove, etc. on your quartz countertops but resist! High alkaline or acidic cleaners will damage your countertop over time. As a general rule of thumb, you want to avoid having nail polish remover, oven cleaners, drain cleaners, turpentine, bleach and other harsh chemicals near your countertop. 

In the case that one of these harsh solutions accidentally spills on your countertop, quickly dip a wet cloth in water, add a few drops of mild detergent, and get to cleaning. Otherwise, you risk those chemicals disintegrating the bonds between quartz and resin. 

Quick Tips: 

  1. Quartz is not the best option for outdoor kitchens, as direct sunlight fades colors and leads to warping/splitting. Manufacturer warranties typically cover indoor use only. 
  2. Use coasters with citrus-like drinks, as they don’t play well with quartz. 

Contact Us

If you think a quartz countertop is right for you or want to learn more about how we can assist in making your dream a reality, give us a call at 913-310-0420. We’ll provide you with a job quote, build a template for your quartz counters, let you select the slab of your choosing, get template approval and install!

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