If you’ve recently invested in a beautiful new Quartz worktop for your kitchen, chances are you’ll be wanting to know how to maintain its appearance to keep your worktop looking new and sleek. It goes without saying really – the more often you clean and look after your worktop and kitchen, the less time and money you’ll be spending on kitchen overhauls in the future.
How Are Quartz Countertops Made?
Quartz kitchen countertops are made from crushed natural quartz, mixed with resin and pigment – this construction ensures that the worktops are scratch and stain-resistant (to a certain extent). Although Quartz is easy to look after as it’s super low maintenance, there are a few things you need to consider to look after it. To maintain its shine, colour and gloss, here are some tips to keep your quartz worktop in tip-top condition.
How To Care For Quartz Worktops:
Whilst Quartz is one of the strongest and most impenetrable materials around, Quartz kitchen worktops can still get damaged. Quartz surfaces as a rule, are highly scratch resistant – but that doesn’t mean you should treat it as such. Due to its highly polished sheen, there is a small risk that it can get scratched. This can happen when cutting with knives or when wiping the surface when there’s crumbs present for example. Prevention is the best cure, so the best thing to do is make sure you use a chopping board and to take extra care when wiping the surface.
You will also need to ensure that you use the right cloth too. Using a metal scouring pad to clean and wipe away dust, crumbs, spills and stains would not be a good idea; you need to ensure that the cloth you use is not abrasive in any way such as a microfibre cloth or the specially-designed glass/polishing e-cloths, which are used for cleaning high-shine surfaces. Quartz also isn’t chip-proof, so do take care as objects hitting the countertops’ edges with force can cause damage.
Quartz worktops can also be prone to staining, despite being known for being ‘stain-resistant’, as the material does not absorb liquids. They will resist moisture and permanent staining, but it would be prudent and hygienic to clean and wipe off food and spilled liquids with a soft damp cloth immediately. The longer a substance is left on the Quartz worktop, the higher the risk of damage. Some highly acidic fruit juices can potentially discolour the Quartz worktop too, so it is worth keeping this in mind. Household cleaners should not be left on the worktops for an extended period of time either. You should also ensure that Hydrofluoric Acid, caustic soda and paint stripper do not go anywhere near your Quartz worktop.
If you spot residue that’s slightly trickier to remove such as dried and stubborn spills, use a mild cleanser that is non-abrasive and chlorine-free. Cleaning your Quartz with an abrasive substance will wear away and dull the worktop. For stains that harden as they dry such as paint and nail polish, using a plastic knife or a used credit card to scrape it off should suffice.
The use of bleach is also not recommended, even if your worktop is polished and doesn’t require a sealant, as it will cause the surface’s colour to deteriorate. Quartz worktops can withstand heat to a certain degree, but continued exposure will damage the surface. Use pot holders to protect your Quartz worktop’s surface and keep it looking beautiful.
Now that you have your dream kitchen, take care of your Quartz worktop and it’ll be in tip-top condition for you to enjoy for the years to come in your kitchen!