How to Care for Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are an amazing option for any home. Know that there is a difference between natural quartzite and engineered quartz countertops.
Since they are not natural stone, engineered quartz, composed of ground natural quartz and polymer resins,can be made into an incredible variety of colors and patterns. It also resists mold, mildew, and bacteria, especially those countertops topped with a germ-fighting coat. Another perk of an engineered quartz countertop is that it never needs to be sealed like granite or marble as they are non-porous, requiring far less maintenance than other natural stone countertops.
Quartzite countertops, on the other hand, are porous and require more maintenance, such as sealing at least twice a year, just like other natural stone countertops. However, quartzite is also very hard, which prevents chips and etches.
How to Clean Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops can be cleaned by regularly wiping down countertops with warm water and a small amount of dishwashing soap. For sticky or stubborn messes, use a rubber spatula or putty knife to gently scrape off the residue. Avoid using abrasive or acidic agents, including cleaners and the green side of sponges, to maintain the seal and its natural shine.
Isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a wet rag can help remove some stains, so long as you wipe the counter down with a clean, warm wet rag after. Some glass cleaners may be acceptable to use on stains, but ask your quartz countertop provider to be sure what product is compatible with your specific countertop.
For regular maintenance, wipe up any spills as soon as possible. Though engineered quartz is stain resistant, if you leave a spill long enough (for example, let’s say red wine), it can stain. Citrus is also not quartz-friendly when spilled or left on the surface due to acidity.
Avoid putting hot pans, pots, etc., directly on the surface.l They can burn, crack, and damage the countertop. Finally, do not cut directly on a quartz countertop as a deep cut or sharp knife can leave a scratch despite quartz being scratch resistant. Always use a cutting board to be safe.
For a deeper clean, spray a non-abrasive surface cleaner on the surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping it off with a soft sponge.
How to Seal Quartz Countertops
Natural quartzite counters require sealing at least once a year, if not twice a year to maintain their luster. Spraying or rubbing stone sealant onto quartzite countertops should easily do the trick, so long as you carefully follow the label instructions. Ideally, the seal should last for about 6 months.
Engineered quartz countertops don’t require sealing.
How to Polish Quartz Countertops
Like granite, natural quartzite has two types of polishes: sprays that are safe to use weekly and professional polishing done after years of use. Professional grade polishing requires diamond pads and power grinders. This removes a layer of the stone (so it would need a new sealant after), but it’s better done by a professional unless you have the know-how and the equipment.
As for engineered quartz counter slabs, they come polished out of the factory and don’t need further polishing unless they become etched or damaged. Getting and maintaining the shine comes down to thorough and frequent cleaning.