Hello, readers! Welcome back to the Stonehouse Countertops blog! We’re pleased you’ve chosen Stonehouse Countertops for everything you need to know about custom countertop materials. We provide comprehensive deep dives into various aspects of the design and installation process, as well as helpful tips for choosing the best material for your home. Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to commission the perfect countertops! Stonehouse Countertops carries an array of granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, soapstone, silestone, limestone, travertine, onyx, glass, sodalite, slate, and porcelain materials in its inventory. In addition to countertops, we offer fireplace surrounds, patios, floors, and walls. Whatever your design goals, we’re happy to help you achieve your unique vision!

In our last post, we discussed unique stone colors for countertops, vanities, fireplace surrounds, and more. Neutral colors tend to be the most popular colors for these, but there are more unconventional colors out there for those who want a pop of color or an intriguing pattern. Incorporating these colors into your countertops can also complement the overall theme of a room. We touched on stones that can be found in pink, blue, green, and other unique colors, so if you’re interested in learning more, we encourage you to check out our last post!

Today, we’ll be talking about how to clean and care for quartz countertops. Quartz is one of the stones that is dominating the market when it comes to countertops, and for good reason–  Not only is it beautiful and elegant, but it is also extremely durable. In fact, quartz is considered “close to indestructible”, which makes it a popular choice for countertops that will get plenty of everyday wear and tear. Another reason that quartz is such a popular choice is due to the fact that it requires little to no extra maintenance. Quartz is also one of the few stones that do not require regular sealing or waxing. However, if you want to keep your quartz countertops looking their absolute best, you’ll still want to care for them. If you’re interested in finding out how to clean and care for your quartz countertops, stick around! Let’s get started.

Quartz is an engineered, or manufactured, stone and is non-porous, which means it does not absorb liquid– So you don’t have to worry about staining from spills! (You’ll still want to clean up spills promptly, though.) This is great news for kitchen countertops. However, it is important to note that white quartz is durable, it is not immune to damage. Cleaning your quartz countertops regularly can keep them looking as good as new. It is best to wipe down your countertops daily, preferably after you’ve finished your cooking for the day. 

The first thing you should keep in mind is that you should avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners. While these are still unlikely to damage your quartz countertop, it’s best to treat it gently. Harsh and acidic cleaners can discolor your countertops over time. Some harsh cleaners to avoid include bleach, acetone, and oil-based soaps. Instead, you can stick to the basics– Mild soap and water. You’ll want to use a soft cloth, towel, or non-abrasive sponge. Before you start cleaning, be sure that you have cleared your countertops of decor, dishware, appliances, or anything else lingering around. This includes crumbs– If they get wiped around the countertop, it could lead to scratching over time. Once your countertops are clear, you can go ahead and mix your soap with some lukewarm water in a bowl. Then, drop your cloth or sponge in the mix for a few moments. Remove it and be sure to ring it out tightly. The cloth or sponge should be damp, but not wet enough to leave a lot of water behind as you wipe your countertops. You don’t want a streaky countertop!

Now, you’re ready to scrub down your countertops. The best way to do this is by rubbing the cloth or sponge gently across the surface. Some experts recommend wiping or scrubbing in an “S” pattern. Work from the backsplash and out to the edge, and feel free to scrub a bit harder on those stubborn spots. If you have a sticky or extremely stubborn area, let the soap and water mixture sit for a few minutes to soften and loosen it up. If you happen upon one of those extremely stubborn spots of grime, you can simply take a knife or razor blade to scrape it away. You won’t scratch the stone as long as you keep the entire edge of the blade resting against the counter! If you’re still hesitant to use a sharp object on your countertops, you can opt for a putty knife instead. 

After you’ve scrubbed down your countertops, it’s time to rinse. Soap lifts the dirt and grime while water washes it away, so be sure not to skip rinsing! Rinse out your cloth or sponge thoroughly. You may need to do this a few times to get all of the soap out. Then, gently wipe away all of the soap suds on the counter. If you use the right amount of water, there shouldn’t be too much water left behind on the counter when you’re done. But if there is, don’t worry– Simply use a dry dish towel to wipe away the excess. 

Another great thing about quartz is that since it is non-porous, bacteria and food-borne pathogens cannot soak into the surface. They may linger on top, though, so if you want to go ahead and disinfect your countertops as well, feel free to do so! Instead of purchasing a harsh disinfectant, you can make your own using rubbing alcohol and water. Take 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and two cups of water and mix them together– This is done easiest by using a spray bottle. If you want your disinfectant to have a more pleasant smell, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Once the solution is ready, spray it all over the surface of your countertops, making sure to get every area. Let the disinfectant sit for 2-3 minutes before using a clean and dry dishtowel to wipe over your countertops, picking up any excess moisture after the disinfectant has dissolved.

Now your countertops are squeaky clean, shiny, and looking as good as new! Besides a daily cleaning, there are other things you can do to care for your quartz countertops and keep them in their best shape. As mentioned previously, quartz is non-porous, so stains are unlikely. Despite this, you’ll always want to clean up spills immediately. If spills are left uncleaned for long periods of time, it could leave a stain. You should clean up spills as soon as possible with mild soap and a cloth. 

Additionally, you should avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on your quartz countertops. Despite all of its perks, quartz is not heat resistant. This means it can be scorched, discolored, or otherwise damaged by hot items placed on its surface. Use a thick towel, oven mitt, or trivet if you need to place a hot dish on your countertop. 

While quartz is extremely durable, we still recommend that you use a cutting board for cutting and chopping food, rather than doing it directly on your countertops. While quartz is scratch-resistant, it is not scratch-proof– In other words, it is difficult to scratch quartz, but it is still possible to do so. 

As you can see, quartz is extremely durable and easy to care for. It requires very little maintenance, and as long as you wipe it down when needed, it should continue looking as good as new! Quartz is truly amazing– It’s no wonder it’s such a popular choice of stone! We hope you found this article informative. If you have any further questions about quartz countertops, we encourage you to reach out to us. We’d be happy to assist you. You can also check out our live inventory to see the variations of quartz that we offer. If you’re thinking about the installation of stone for bathroom countertops or any other stone surface, remember: At Stonehouse Countertops, we are willing and able to work with you to your specifications. We offer a wide range of different materials and always have someone on hand to answer your questions! Don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation or for help forming a plan. We want to ensure your vision becomes a reality! Be sure to come back for upcoming articles! Until next time—thanks for reading!