There are few things that look more stunning in the kitchen than quartz worktops. For many people, it’s the ultimate design statement. Naturally, after you have spent your hard-earned cash on a quartz worktop, you’ll want to cherish it and keep it looking good for years to come. So, without further ado, here’s a handy guide for everything you need to know about cleaning your quartz worktops. It features daily cleaning tips and advice about heavy duty deep cleans. We also cover what to do if the worst comes to the worst and a stain needs removing. It’s all here. Read on to find out the answers to all your questions.
Quartz worktops: Dispelling the myths
There are a few myths that exist about quartz. Mistakenly, some people believe that quartz worktops easily stain. However, this really shouldn’t be a concern as long as you follow a simple and straightforward cleaning regime. Similarly, it’s sometimes said that the natural shine of quartz is difficult to maintain. Again, there is little truth in this – just so long as you use suitable products.
But there is some truth in the idea that there is a right and a wrong way to clean quartz. Scratching can occur if you don’t take care.
All in all though, it’s important not to let this put you off. Far from it, simply follow these easy steps to keep your quartz worktops looking superb for years to come.
Daily cleaning tips for quartz worktops
The long and short of it is this – quartz worktops are actually amongst the lowest-maintenance worktops on the market. Having said that, a regular (daily) worktop cleaning routine is the best way to prevent potential problems from arising further down the line.
Simply remove dust and crumbs promptly with a soft cloth. Wipe the surface clean and buff with a dry soft cloth on a daily basis.
Heavy Duty Cleaning
Heavy duty cleaning will only really become necessary if quartz hasn’t been properly cared for. You need to use a tough degreasing product to fully remove the dirt and grime that has accumulated.
Check that your chosen cleaning product is suitable to use on quartz. Similarly, follow the instructions for how to use the product very closely. Finally, always use a soft and non-abrasive cloth to apply the cleaner and ensure that you dry the surface thoroughly afterwards.
The best way to avoid the need for heavy duty cleaning is to stick to the daily cleaning of your quartz worktops. And many people just swear by plain old warm water.
How do you remove stains?
The good news is that quartz is more stain resistant than the likes of marble and granite. In comparison to other natural stone materials, quartz is virtually completely non-porous. This means quartz is both less likely to stain and easier to remove if it does happen.
But, of course, no material is absolutely impervious and stains do occasionally occur. Generally, wiping with a soft cloth and then drying with another soft cloth is usually enough. For more stubborn stains, specialised cleaners should be used. Powder cleaners are particularly useful. They are excellent at removing deep-set stains and grease. More importantly, powder cleaners don’t use a grit in the way that many household cleaners do.
Do’s and Don’ts for quartz
As long as you follow some simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to quartz worktops, your pride and joy should remain looking as good as new for many years to come.
Firstly, do stick to a straightforward daily routine. Do regularly wife surfaces clean with a soft cloth and do use a second soft cloth to dry and buff. On that note, do make sure that you use the right type of cloth on a quartz surface. Make sure you don’t use anything that is abrasive, such as a scouring pad. A Microfibre cloth is preferable to a standard dishcloth. A specialist cleaning cloth is better still.
Do clean any spills as soon as they occur, and do give the surface adequate protection from knives, pots and pans. So, use stands, coasters and cutting boards.
Now for the don’ts. Don’t use generic cleaning solutions, such as bleach or glass cleaner. Don’t ever use strong chemicals either, such as caustic soda. Various items are often cited as being effective for cleaning around the home. These include lemon, ammonia and vinegar, but don’t use any such items to clean or remove stains on quartz worktops. Don’t ever cut or chop food directly ion the worktop and don’t store liquids on the top of worktops either.
If you’d like more advice about choosing a quartz worktop for your kitchen, get in touch with the Kitchen Warehouse team.