Quartz countertop care is simple and easy. Your quartz countertop is extremely resistant to scratches, stains and heat under normal usage. Because quartz countertops are 93% quartz, they are practically indestructible and care-free. Routine care requires only wiping with a damp cloth or paper towel. Mild soap and water used with a sponge or damp cloth, or at most with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad, will remove most spills and stains. However, common sense should be used to avoid excessive abuse of the surface to prolong the beauty and durability of the countertop. With proper care, your engineered quartz can continue to be beautiful as well as functional for years to come.
Routine Care. Wipe up spills and stains as soon as possible with a damp cloth or paper towel, and wash with soap and water. Rinse the area thoroughly with water after cleaning to remove any soap residue. Clean regularly with a stone countertop surface cleaner and a soft cloth.
No Bleach or Abrasives. Do not use cleansers with abrasives or bleach. This is a very important precaution for engineered quartz countertops as cleaners containing bleach and abrasive cleaners or abrasive scrubbing pads can dull or stain the surface. Use non-bleach, non-abrasive cleaners, and non-abrasive scrubbing pads.
No Sealants, Waxes, or Polishes. Engineered quartz countertops do not need to be sealed, conditioned or polished like natural stone countertops. In fact, such treatments as these that are required by natural stone countertops such as granite or marble are to be avoided with engineered quartz countertops.
Avoid Strong Chemicals. Extremely corrosive, acidic, or alkaline, or oil-based chemicals such as battery acid, oven cleaners, furniture strippers, paint removers, tarnish removers, or the like could damage the resins and color of the engineered quartz material.
Resistance to Scratches. Because quartz is one of nature’s hardest minerals, exceeded only by diamond, rubies, and topaz, it is extremely resistant to scratching. However, for dried spills and substances such as gum or nail polish, use of a plastic putty knife is recommended. It is not ordinarily necessary or advisable to use a metal knife to remove the hardened substance from the countertop.
Resistance to Bacteria. The surface of the quartz countertop is non-porous and therefore capable of being cleaned to the point of being 99.9% bacteria free. Ordinary soap and water is needed to achieve this level of cleanliness. It is not necessary to use strongly acid or alkaline chemicals to clean quartz countertops; in fact, highly corrosive chemicals such as these can damage the surface and should be avoided.
Resistance to Heat. Use a hot pad or a trivet to protect the surface from excessive heat. Do not put hot pots or pans directly on the surface. Quartz countertops are heat resistant but should not be subjected to extreme heat, as this can affect the resins which “glue” the quartz particles together.
Resistance to Chipping. Do not hit or bang heavy pots and pans or other heavy objects on the quartz countertops. They are chip resistant but not chip or crack proof to extreme abuse.
Resistance to Scratching. Use a cutting board, either wood or plastic, when cutting foods with a sharp knife. The countertops are scratch-resistant under normal use but reasonable care should be taken in avoiding marring the finish of the countertop surface.
Cooking Grease. For hot grease from cooking, a household degreaser such as Greased Lightning can be used to remove the grease from many brands of quartz countertops. After cleaning off the grease with the cleanser, immediately wipe it off, wash off the residue, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
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