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How to Clean Quartz Countertops: 6 Steps

Quartz stone has become a popular choice for countertop materials. Why shouldn’t it? It’s naturally beautiful, but also durable. It has a certain luxury look, comes in a variety of styles and colors, is impervious to mold, bacteria and stains, and is low maintenance. Best of all, it’s reasonably priced.

Unlike its marble counterpart, quartz is a non-porous engineered stone that is extremely hardwearing and heat resistant, making it an excellent choice for countertops in busy kitchens. As great as it is, there are still some things to know, and that’s learning how to clean and care for your quartz countertops!

Most importantly, keep away from abrasive materials when cleaning quartz countertops. You can clean quartz easily. Make sure to remove all loose debris before gently wiping the surface with soap and water. When finished, your quartz countertop should be gleaming.

While quartz is a low-maintenance material, you still need to know the proper way to clean your quartz countertops if you want to keep them looking new and luxurious. In this guide, you’ll learn everything there is to know about cleaning quartz countertops!

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I. Daily cleaning tips for quartz counters

If you take the time to clean your quartz counters every day, you’ll be able to prevent the unsightly lamination that dulls the stone and attracts more dirt and stains.

Here are some great tips to help you clean your quartz countertops on a daily basis.

1. Clean with dish soap

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For quick and easy daily cleaning, make a mild dish soap and water solution in a spray bottle; shake well, then spray counters after wiping surfaces to remove debris. Using a sponge or soft cloth, wipe down quartz kitchen/bathroom countertops in circular motions.

If you find that the quartz countertop cleaner has left soapy residue on the surface, simply wipe with a damp cloth and then a dry, lint-free towel to prevent water spots.

2. Degrease

Mild soaps aren’t always effective when dealing with stubborn grease on quartz countertops. This usually requires a degreaser specially formulated for quartz, or a carefully formulated natural cleaning solution. For the latter, you can use a diluted white vinegar solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water.

Never use raw material as it will discolor and damage the stone. Similar to daily cleaning, spray on degreaser, clean thoroughly with sponge/cloth, then wipe again with a damp towel to remove all traces of degreaser.

3. Removes stuck dirt

Soaking stubborn grime in hot or warm water is usually enough to clean it up, however if you’re dealing with dried food pieces or a spill that’s been sitting there for a long time, you’ll need to scrape as gently as possible to remove the grime.

A putty knife is great for this and is very effective at removing stuck gunk, especially after soaking for at least 5 minutes.

II. Quartz counter stain removal tips

There is more than one way to remove stains from quartz countertops, however, which methods/products are more effective than others also depends on the type of stain you are dealing with.

When it comes to those stubborn, sticky stains on your quartz countertops, the following stain removal tips are sure to come in handy.

1. Use glue remover

Unless you opt for adhesive remover, removing those really sticky, sticky stains will take a lot of time and elbow grease. These commercial products are easy to use and very effective at removing stains from quartz countertops, however, it is important to purchase a binder remover made specifically for stone or one that is safe to use.

2. Use rubbing alcohol

For tough stains that may be caused by grease, gravy spills, toothpaste splatter, or soap scum, Isopropyl Alcohol (70%) is the best choice for quick stain removal with minimal scrubbing!

Simply dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol to clean stains on quartz counters, then wipe the surface with a towel dampened in warm water.

3. Use glass cleaner

Glass cleaning products are not recommended on quartz kitchen countertops due to their chemical composition. Quartz bathroom countertops, on the other hand, can be cleaned with quartz-safe glass cleaner by spraying directly on the stain and letting it soak for a few minutes.

To remove or scrub stains, simply use a damp washcloth. This product also helps remove the dull, dirty lamination that quartz stones often form over time.

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II. Steps to remove stubborn stains from quartz counters

The good news is that keeping white quartz countertops clean is a relatively simple job. Remember, they are highly resistant to mold, stains and bacteria. That means taking a little care to make it look completely clean and new.

Step 1: Clear desktop debris

Before you can remove stains from a quartz countertop, the key is to make sure the countertop is as clean as possible. Remove all items from surfaces, including decorations, dishes, and cookware.

You can sweep any loose debris off the countertop with your hands, a small vacuum cleaner, or with a dry sponge. If you simply jump forward without doing this, the debris has the potential to scratch the quartz during cleaning.

Step 2: Initial wipe

You will need some adhesive remover to scrub away stubborn stains. Grab a clean damp rag or washcloth, then use soap and detergent for cleaning and a sponge.

Pour the cleaner directly on the stain and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before wiping it off. After wiping the counter, it should be wiped down again with warm water. Finally, you’ll need some sort of sanitizer, and Isopropyl alcohol will do the trick in a pinch.

Step 3: Break out the soap

When you’ve done your initial cleaning of your countertops, it’s time to get to the soap. All you need is a few drops of dish soap on a damp sponge. Make sure the sponge is non-abrasive, or the quartz will scratch.

Use the “S” pattern to gently scrub the countertop to wipe. Work down the backsplash to the outside edge of the countertop. When food has lumps, you may need to scrub harder to break them up.

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Step 4: Isopropyl rubbing alcohol

Take a damp rag dampened with isopropyl rubbing alcohol, and wipe the stain with a damp towel or cloth. Next, you’ll wipe down the counters again with just warm water. This will help remove stubborn stains that a simple water and soap mixture won’t.

Step 5: Use a degreaser to wipe off the grease

Choose a degreaser that is sure to be safe for use on quartz, and spray it liberally on the quartz countertop. Make sure the spray does not contain any bleach as this can damage your quartz countertops. If you plan to use sanitizing wipes, they must also be bleach-free.

  • Only buy cleaning sprays or products made specifically for quartz counters;
  • When you want to clean your quartz countertops, feel free to ask your quartz countertop supplier if you are unsure about a particular product.

Step 6: Sanitization Time

For this step, you can choose one of two routes. You can always buy a disinfectant spray from your local store. It should do the job just fine. However, if you don’t like extra chemicals, there are homemade solutions.

Mix two cups of water with one-quarter cup of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Put the mixture in a spray bottle. If you want to really like it, there are plenty of essential oils out there that provide a pleasant scent.

Spray the countertop completely, making sure to properly cover the entire surface. The drying time is very fast due to the alcohol. Let it sit for two or three minutes. When finished, wipe down the entire surface with a dry rag or rag.  Here it is all its own!

If you’re considering installing quartz countertops for your bathroom or kitchen, rest assured, you won’t regret it! As long as you clean and maintain your quartz countertops using the above tips, this beautiful stone will last for many years!

III. Conclusion

Cleaning a quartz countertop is a necessary step in maintaining its appearance and performance. With the right cleaners, gentle cleaning methods and regular maintenance, we can ensure your quartz countertops will age in beautiful and durable condition, bringing lasting value to your kitchen or other space.

George Marble is a stone manufacturer and supplier with many years of experience. We are committed to providing you with stone design solutions. If you have any ideas and need us to help you realize them, please feel free to contact us!

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