Keeping quartz clean is really easy and you have a lot of choices when it comes to which cleaning products to use. But let’s keep things as cheap and chemical free as possible, because for day to day sanitizing there’s no need to use expensive brand name products or harsh chemicals.
Step 1: Scrape Up Dried Food
Use a plastic scraper to lift up any spills that have dried on the surface.
Step 2: Dry The Countertop
Use a paper or microfiber towel to completely dry it.
Step 3: Spray The Surface With Diluted Vinegar
Mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle and saturate your countertop with the solution.
Step 4: Dry With A Microfiber towel
Let the solution sit on the surface for about a muinute and dry with a microfiber towel.
That’s all there is to it but I get questions all the time about keeping them in tip top shape. Here are some of the most frequently ask questions about cleaning quartz.
Can you use Windex to clean quartz countertops?
Windex contains ammonia but it’s diluted enough that it’s safe to use on quartz. Reserve it for difficult messes however and stick to diluted vinegar for your daily clean up.
Can you use a Magic Eraser?
Yes, you can use a Magic Eraser to clean quartz. They won’t scratch the surface and can even remove some imperfections you thought you had to live with.
Scotch-Brite also makes some non-scratch scouring pads that work well on engineered stone.
How to make quartz counters shine
If your kitchen work surface has lost it’s luster try using a toner made for engineered stone. Not only will it restore shine but it will enhance the color as well as protect against water stains. Tenax is the brand I recommend for this.
Before you try using toner though answer this question.
Have you been using liquid soap to clean your worktop?
If the answer if yes than the liquid soap may be the reason that your countertop has lost it’s shine. Every time you use liquid soap it leaves behind a thin layer of residue, and over time that thin layer gets thick enough to dull the surface of the counter. That’s why you’re supposed to rinse with water after scrubbing with soap.
If you haven’t been rinsing with water after using soap try using a soap scum remover before you apply a toner.
How to remove soap residue
I have succesfully used this product from StoneTech to remove soap residue from all types of natural and engineered stone.
As an alternate you can use diluted ammonia but I would try the StoneTech first, it’s a safer alternative.
If you decide to use ammonia put 1⁄4 cup ammonia in a spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way with water. Spray it on the stone and let it sit on the surface for 5 minutes. Dry with a microfiber towel and then rinse with water. You may have to repeat these steps a few times if you have a lot of build-up.
Is bleach safe for quartz countertops?
No, do not use bleach on engineered stone. It’s been known to leave permanent stains. If you’re looking to disinfect your kitchen work surface use diluted vinegar or rubbing alcohol instead. Both are much safer options.
Would you like to design an elegant kitchen that fits your budget?
Here are a few articles I wrote that can help.
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- How to cut the cost of cabinets by 20% or more
- Get the lowest price on countertops, flooring, lighting, and appliances
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