When it comes to cleaning quartz, you don’t need to make things all that complicated. Homeowners just like you having been choosing quartz countertops Richmond for years and they do so because it offers durability, long-lasting quality, and low maintenance requirements.
But even though the maintenance and upkeep of your stone material doesn’t require a lot of elbow grease or complex and abrasive materials, it does need to be cleaned on a regular basis. You also want to avoid harsh abrasive cleaning products or cleaning tools because that can eat away the sealant that has been used to prevent the quartz from absorbing liquid.
That absorption is normal for quartz because it is a porous natural stone, however, it should not be normal to occur on your countertop. Absorbing liquids can trap and breed bacteria in your countertop so the sealant is there to keep that from happening. You want that sealant to remain intact at all times and not wear away over time.
Cleaning your quartz the proper way will ensure that happens. So here is the best way to care for and maintain a quartz countertop.
Cleaning quartz is very easy. So easy that you need not worry about using ammonia, bleach, or other acidic products just to eliminate the worst germs and bacteria from your countertop. Those ingredients are going to affect the sealant more than just simply clean your surfaces. You can also skip those sponges and pads with harsh textures.
All you really need is a soft, clean cloth and warm, soapy water to get the job done right. Nothing else. You simply rinse the surface of your quartz and then wipe it up. Now some of you may be a bit skeptical at the simplicity of this suggestion and you are concerned about actually clearing out the germs and bacteria that can end up on your countertop.
For those somewhat “tougher” jobs, you can choose to disinfect your quartz with warm water mixed with standard household isopropyl alcohol. That way you can kill the germs gently, without impacting the safety of your quartz countertop’s surface.
Stains and Residue
Sometimes things can get sticky in the kitchen. No problem. Those instances where crusty, gunky messes are made, you can still rely on warm water and some gentle elbow grease to clear away the problem.
But if warm water and a plastic scraper are insufficient to clear out that tough caked-on residue, you can always turn to distilled white vinegar as a way to break up those sticky particles and hard water deposits that can build up over time. Notice how we’re not using strong cleaners and steel wool to clear this stuff out.
In some cases, you will need the stronger stuff when things like chewing gum, glue, or other items get stuck to your quartz and warm water and soap simply won’t do. You can turn to stain removers that are oil-based for breaking down those items and clearing them away completely, so your quartz countertop looks and feels brand new all over again.