Cleaning & Caring For Your Quartz Countertops

Granite countertops have been a popular choice for countertops. They're less expensive and easier to care for than marble. However, quartz has been making its way into homes all around the country. Quarts looks like a beautiful mixture of granite and marble. It's also simple to care for. Here is how to clean and care for your quartz countertops.

Proper Use

Use Hot Pads

When cooking, it can be tempting to take your skillet or pot off the stove and set it on your countertop. Some countertops can handle that kind of heat, but quartz is not heat resistant. The heat from the pans can seriously damage the countertops, so make sure you use a trivet or a hot pad to set your pan on.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards might seem like a no-brainer, but many people think that they can nix them with quartz countertops. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth. In fact, it comes in only fourth after diamond, corundum, and topaz. Quartz doesn't scratch easily, so people sometimes assume that they don't need cutting boards when they cut on their countertop. While you might be able to cut something without seeing a scratch, repetitive cutting can cause scratches, and it can also ruin your knives.

Cleaning

Glass Cleaner

If you don't have tough stains, glass cleaner is always a good choice for quartz countertops. A mild glass cleaner for standard windows around your home is perfect. It is strong enough to clean the mess, but not strong enough to eat into the stone.

Kitchen Cleaner

If you have been cooking with meats and other items that can leave bacteria around your kitchen, a disinfecting kitchen cleaner is a great option. Some people will use bathroom cleaner because they feel like it will provide extra disinfectant. However, many bathroom cleaners contain bleach and other abrasive chemicals. Kitchen cleaners have non-abrasive chemicals that are made for countertops and kitchen appliances.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a non-abrasive liquid that is a natural disinfectant. If you have tough stains on your countertops, you can use a baking soda and vinegar mixture. Add a small amount of vinegar to baking soda so it forms a paste and spread it on the stain. Let it sit until it begins to dry and then wipe it away. Wipe down your countertop with water afterward and your counter will be nice and clean.

Quartz countertops are beautiful and they last a long time because they're hard and non-porous. However, they aren't heat or chemical resistant. Therefore, you need to make sure you take good care of them and use mild detergents when you clean.

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