Quartz is non-porous, which makes it one of the easiest countertop surfaces to maintain and clean.
With any stone countertop it’s a good idea to clean up spills right away. Even though Quartz is non-porous and stain resistant, it is not stain proof. Spills left to sit for long periods of time can cause discolorations. Plus, the longer a stain sits, the harder it becomes to clean.
Here are the dos and don’ts of cleaning Quartz countertops:
Many people use Windex® or similar cleaners to help shine their countertops, while this is okay for most Quartz, you should avoid cleaners with bleach or ammonia. Windex® for example come in an ammonia-free version.
Use harsh chemicals (avoid very high or low pH levels)
Use bleach or ammonia
Use bleach wipes
Clean with rough scouring pads or stiff-bristled brushes
Clean with vinegar (some say it is okay, but vinegar is acidic and can cause discoloration)
The real key is to be gentle. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or cleaning tools that can scratch the surface. Long-term that’s the real goal, avoid scratches. The resins used to seal quartz protects the stone. Scratches allow food and other substances to reach the stone, which can cause damage and stains. If you avoid cleaning with sharp or abrasive products and/or harsh chemicals, you’ll help prolong the life and beauty of your Quartz.
Quartz is an engineered stone, so it’s not 100% natural. Companies manufacture it. Different brands of Quartz may have slightly different instructions for care, so check with your manufacturer or installer to make sure you know the best methods for cleaning your countertops. If you have questions, give us a call at:316-946-0530
Sealed granite countertops are easy to clean, but there are a few things you should know before cleaning to help you protect your countertops.
First, granite requires sealing about once a year to protect the stone from stains and scratches. The sealing lasts different amounts of time depending on how often use your countertops, how hard you use them, and the type of sealing used. It’s important to know the state of your seal before cleaning.
Unsealed granite, or a countertop where the seal has worn off will allow the stone to absorb liquids and spills, potentially creating stains. To test your seal put a couple of drops of water in a few spots of you countertop and wait a couple of minutes. If the water soaks into the stone, it is probably time to reseal. If the water remains beaded on the surface of the granite, the seal is good.
To clean granite, the number one rule is be gentle. Here are the dos and don’ts:
While some commercial cleaners are okay, they may break down the seal faster. It’s best to use only dish soap and water. Cleaning granite is simple, just mix warm water and a mild dish soap and wipe the countertops gently until clean. After cleaning, dry with a microfiber cloth or terry cloth towel cloth to get rid of streaks. It's that simple.
Preventative maintenance goes along way with granite. If you clean up spills quickly, seal regularly, and avoid using anything abrasive on the countertop, you can expect your granite to retain its beauty for a lifetime.
If you have questions about caring for you granite, or about new countertop installations or repairs give us a call at 316-946-0530. We provide service for homeowners and contractors in the Wichita area.