How to Clean and Care for Quartz Countertops

May 31, 2018

Quartz countertops are composed of engineered stone, meaning that they offer the same aesthetic and cachet of traditional stone counters, but with reduced maintenance and care needs.

Contrary to popular conception, quartz countertops aren’t actually made of quartz. They’re made of a composite stone consisting of crushed natural materials and a binder. Depending on the color and style, quartz countertops may contain marble, granite, silica, glass and more.

Natural stones are generally porous, meaning that stains, oils and other materials can seep into them, causing discoloration and even damage. Manufactured stones, like quartz countertops, are less porous and generally easier to care for.

For many homeowners hoping to spruce up their abode by hiring a countertop contractor in Flint, MI, manufactured quartz is a common-sense alternative to organic stone surfaces. While quartz is indeed easier to care for than most other types of countertop surfaces, it’s important to understand that there are a few things savvy homeowners can do to keep their quartz counters looking great.

Here are just a few ways that you can ensure your quartz countertops continue looking their best:

  • Remove grease: While it’s true that manufactured stones are less porous than natural stones, grease can still make its way into your quartz countertop. It’s important to wipe away and thoroughly clean any grease from your counter before it has the chance to leave a stain.
  • Wipe away marker stains: Again, it should be easier to clean marker and ink stains from quartz counters than natural stone countertops. It’s important to address ink spills and marker stains before they have the chance to settle into your counter’s surface, however.
  • Use a non-abrasive deep cleaner: Every once and a while, you should use a non-abrasive deep cleaning solution to eliminate any heavy soils that may have made their way into your counter. This will keep your counter looking great for the foreseeable future.
  • Avoid acidic or alkaline cleaners: Be sure to always use neutral cleaners when working on your quartz countertop. Overly acidic or alkaline cleaners will damage your counter’s surface, and could cause long-term damage. Alkaline or acidic cleaners may affect the resin bond that keeps your countertop together.
  • Keep heat away: While quartz countertops are designed to be heat-resistant, they still include some type of binder, which is often a plastic derivative. This means that it may not withstand high levels of heat. You should always use hot pads when you set something on your quartz countertop.

Since 1958, Glenn’s Tile and Carpet has been a premier countertop contractor in Flint, MI. We are proud to provide each and every one of our clients with high-quality countertop installation and repair services. We offer a personalized, dedicated service experience to each and every one of our clients. If you’re looking for a dependable local contractor you can trust to install top-quality countertop surfaces in your home, look no further than Glenn’s Tile and Carpet. We can help you identify a countertop solution that meets your needs and will add value to your abode.

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