Quartz or engineered stone is made from real quartz crystals combined with a bonding agent. Quartz products are non-porous and stain resistant and therefore do not require regular sealing like natural stone. Even with minimal care, they retain their beauty and functionality, making them an appealing, low-maintenance option for many homeowners.
Preventing Damage to your Quartz surface
Quartz surfaces are scratch resistant but not scratch proof. To avoid unsightly scratches and damage, make a habit of using a cutting board on your quartz countertop. Quartz countertops can also chip if they are forcefully hit with sharp or heavy objects. Cutting boards can also help to prevent that kind of damage.
Quartz surfaces are quite heat resistant but can experience “thermal shock” due to quick changes in temperature. To avoid any damage due to a change in temperature or high heat, make a habit of using hot pads and trivets under hot pans and baking dishes, electric skillets and crock pots.
Cleaning Products & Recommendations
Quartz countertops are very easy to keep clean. Simply wash your quartz surface with a soft cotton washcloth and warm water along with a mild soap if desired. Make sure the soap is pH neutral, bleach-free and non-abrasive. You can also use a pre-mixed solid surface cleaner, available at most home-improvement stores.
Quartz surfaces are quite stain resistant but not stain proof. If you spill juice, wine, tea, coffee or other acidic liquid, wipe it up a soon as possible and go over the area with mild soap and warm water. For tougher stains, a non-abrasive sponge such as those used to clean non-stick cookware plus a solid surface cleaner made for quartz surfaces will generally take care of stains.
For additional information on how to care for your quartz countertop, refer to the manufacturer’s website for recommended care, maintenance and warranty information.
- Do use cutting boards, hot pads and trivets to protect quartz surfaces
- Do clean surfaces with a mild soap and warm water or a solid surface cleaner made for quartz surfaces
- Don’t use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other standard household cleaners
- Don’t use cleaners that contain acid, such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners
- Don’t use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for quartz surfaces