How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Sometimes called quartzite or engineered stone, quartz countertops are a popular choice due to their durability and wide range of colors. Learn how to clean quartz countertops the best way.

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Sometimes called quartzite or engineered stone, quartz countertops are a popular choice due to their durability and wide range of colors. Here are some quick facts you should know:

  • Quartz is factory produced, engineered from natural quartz and polymers.
  • It is heat, scratch, chemical and stain resistant.
  • It’s also a non-porous surface, meaning it won’t harbor bacteria or viruses.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

When cleaning quartz countertops, avoid common household cleaners as these products may end up loosening the bonds between the polymers, resins and stone pieces used to create the slab, according to Granite Gold, a company that focuses on the care of stone products. Ammonia, lemon and bleach should also be avoided on quartz countertops.

Molly Maid, a professional house cleaning company, notes that quartz doesn’t require any special cleaning, just be sure to wipe up spills as they happen and remove any hardened food or liquid using a rubber spatula or credit card so you avoid using anything that could scratch the surface (such as scouring pads).

Next, follow this simple method: Use a soft rag, microfiber cloth or paper towel, and a small drop of dish soap along with warm water and wipe the countertops to remove any residue, grease or crumbs.

How Often to Clean Quartz Countertops

You should clean your quartz countertops everyday and disinfect twice a week at a minimum.

How to Not Leave Streaks 

After wiping down the countertops, if you have streaks or smudges, you can spray the area with window cleaner and wipe it with a soft cloth.

Glass or window cleaner, such as Windex, can also be used. Graniterra, a St. Louis-based countertop company, says, “A little glass cleaner and a soft paper towel or cloth can clean up most spills on a counter. It also won’t leave any streaks, which can be helpful in some shades of quartz that may show streaks more easily. It’s the little secret of clean and shiny counters.”

In addition, the company says you can use rubbing alcohol for tougher stains if you mix it with warm water and a little mild dish soap.

You can also try a cleaning solution formulated specifically for cleaning quartz. Products such as Quartz Clean and Shine help protect the resins in quartz from fading or darkening from exposure to sunlight. It also safely removes grease, soil, surface stains and watermarks.

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