Maintaining LifeQuartz

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

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  • Mild dish detergent
  • Soft cloth
  • Glass cleaner (ammonia free)
  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Goo Gone, or comparable cleaner
  • Denatured/Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Household Vinegar, diluted
  • Trivet
  • Cutting board

Care And Maintenance of Quartz

Engineered quartz countertops rival the sophistication, design, and timeless appeal of real stone, minus
the high maintenance. If you’re lucky enough to have this luxurious material in your kitchen, read on for our complete guide to keeping it clean.

Follow these basic guidelines to keep your quartz sparkling like new for years to come.

Sooner is better

Although quartz is created to resist permanent staining when exposed to liquids like wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice, and soda, or fruits and vegetables, it’s important to wipe up spills immediately—before they have a chance to dry. Take care of fresh spills with mild dishwashing detergent and a soft cloth. For dried spills or heavy stains, your best bet is a glass or surface cleaner, a nonabrasive sponge (sponges designed for nonstick pans are safe and effective), and a little elbow grease. Be aware that rubbing the surface too vigorously can remove the gloss from the surface and make your countertop look dull.

If necessary a non-bleach, non-abrasive cleaner can be used, such as a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water used for hard water and calcium build up, especially around faucets. Keep a plastic putty knife handy to gently scrape off gum, food, nail polish, paint, or other messes that harden as they dry.

Should you find yourself confronting a particularly sticky situation, your stain-busting might require a couple of extra tools.

Remove cooking grease:

Although quartz is created to resist permanent staining when exposed to liquids like wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice, and soda, or fruits and vegetables, it’s important to wipe up spills immediately—before they have a chance to dry. Take care of fresh spills with mild dishwashing detergent and a soft cloth. For dried spills or heavy stains, your best bet is a glass or surface cleaner, a nonabrasive sponge (sponges designed for nonstick pans are safe and effective), and a little elbow grease. Be aware that rubbing the surface too vigorously can remove the gloss from the surface and make your countertop look dull.

Erase permanent markers:

Permanent markers are supposed to be, well…permanent. When the kids get creative, make sure your counters are protected from their artistry by first putting down placemats or kraft paper, so the only thing they leave behind is a happy memory. Should you find an ink or permanent marker stain after craft time, moisten a cloth with Goo Gone, denatured/isopropyl alcohol, or a comparable product, and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleanser residue.

For more information, or if you are unable to remove the stain using these methods, contact us at 435.251.8257 for additional tips and techniques for stain removal.

Do’s and don’ts

When it comes to care and maintenance of quartz countertops, the dos are easy and straightforward: Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Use a mild, nonabrasive detergent soap for deep cleaning. Simple, right? Preserving your counter’s integrity and appeal is more about adhering to the list of don’ts.

ABRASIVES AND ACID OR ALKALINE CLEANERS

For starters, never use abrasive cleansers and avoid scouring pads, which can dull the surface. Fortunately, soapy water will usually do the trick. If you need a gentle cleanser with a little more oomph to remove surface stains, make sure it is specifically designed for use on quartz. Beware, too, of harsh cleaning solutions at both ends of the pH spectrum. Culprits include products from nail polish remover and turpentine to drain cleaner and dishwasher rinsing agents. Whether highly acidic or highly alkaline, those chemicals can disintegrate the bonds between quartz and resin. Quartz will tolerate casual exposure to milder alkaline solutions, such as diluted bleach, but high-pH substances, such as oven cleaners and concentrated bleach, can damage the surface. If any of the substances mentioned above come into contact with your quartz countertop, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with water.

EXTREME TEMPERATURES

Trivets are your quartz countertop’s best friends. Though the material is heat-and scorch-resistant, the resin used in manufacturing quartz countertops is subject to expansion or contraction if extreme temperatures are introduced to it. A sudden change in temperature, hot or cold, or prolonged exposure to heat from a pan left on the countertop may even cause the quartz to crack. To be safe, always use a trivet.

SLICING OR DICING WITHOUT A CUTTING BOARD

Quartz is a hard surface, even harder than common metal knives. Because of this, if you use knives on the surface it can dull them and leave metal marks on the counters. So, slice and dice to your heart’s content, but make sure to do it on a cutting board to avoid ugly marks on your quartz countertops.

AVOID PRESSURE OR FORCE ON YOUR COUNTERTOP

Don’t drop heavy objects onto your counters. Excessive force can chip and crack the countertop surface. Violating this warning may void your warranty.

Combining the best of authenticity and ingenuity, quartz is truly the rock of all ages. Be kind to your
quartz countertops with recommended care and cleaning, and they will give you a lifetime of pleasure!