Cleaning quartz worktops – How to properly take care of such surfaces?
It is true that granite or quartz worktop is not a very demanding material when it comes to care. This does not mean, however, that we can completely ignore the activities associated with it.
This is very important because incorrect or insufficient clean quartz kitchen worktops can lead to a slow deterioration of the material. Therefore, before we decide to install quartz worktops, it is worth finding out how to take care of them.
Proper maintenance = a long-lasting satisfaction
Quartz is a product formed by a combination of natural stone with a special binder, usually polyester resin, which is only 5% of the material. It is the binder that gives the conglomerate surface a shiny, smooth, and non-porous texture that perfectly prevents dirt from settling on the material, which often occurs with surfaces made of other materials. Thanks to this property, caring for countertops and other elements made of quartz is not a tough task, but its neglect can bring very negative consequences.
Procedure for clean quartz worktops
Step 1: Wipe the quartz worktops with mild dish soap and a soft cloth
Take a soft cloth or sponge and dip it in warm water with the soap mixture. Take the lint-free microfibre cloth and start to clean your quartz worktop from the spills immediately but gently and firmly. Wipe stubborn stains as often as you need to.
Step 2: Scrape the dried ooze off the quartz surface
We recommend using a spatula to scrape off any dirt or food. Be careful and scrape gently only if you are removing excess sediment. For easy and quick access, we recommend keeping the spatula in a nearby drawer so you can grab it when you need to remove buildup from your quartz worktops.
Step 3: Wipe off the grease with a degreaser
Take a degreaser of your choice (make sure it’s safe to use on quartz) and spray it generously on your quartz countertops. Make sure the spray does not contain bleach, as this will damage the quartz countertops. If you are going to use disinfecting wipes, they must not contain bleach either. Afterwards, you’ll want to immediately rinse the surface with a sponge or wet towel.
What cleaning products are reliable and proven?
Granite and quartz worktop care is one of the most important priorities after acquiring a work surface. Right after the specific stone worktop is fitted it is impregnated, thus fully sealing the micro gaps on the surface of the worktop, and stopping any liquids from getting inside. A completely new layer of protection is created, preventing dirt and liquids from getting inside, but more importantly preventing the major staining. It is therefore important that your worktop is sealed regularly, approx every 3-4 months in order to keep it’s always natural beautiful look and its unique colour.
- A crucial thing to remember is to simply avoid a glass cleaner that contains any harmful acids. This includes citric acid, formic acid, phosphoric acid, acetic acid and hydrochloric acid etc. Cleaning roducts that contain any of the mentioned acids are often aimed at harsh stains placed on the surfaces, or sediment etc. Using them on a granite or quartz worktops might damage these surface very badly and in a long term it might prevent the surface from shining, in fact it could even tarnish
- Bear in mind that that all bleaches are very harmful for the natural stone worktops, they may highly affect the colours, especially marble worktops.
- However its generally safe to use ordinary washing up liquids, though it isn’t completely recommended, as when left behind it might limit their resistance to hot pans and pots, thus reducing their effectiveness and enhancing the effect of rings that might be left behind by very hot cooking ware objects.
- Products that are neutral for marble are those which pH is equal to 7. This is significantly important as substances even with ph5 might harm the structure of the worktop.
- It is always the best to use either simply warm water and lint-free microfibre cloth or specialized products to clean your quartz surface, but especially when considering marble as it is the most sensitive stone material. The water used for marble should neither be distilled nor mineral, as this likely may cause slight decolouration.
- The best cleaners for marble are the completely neutral liquids, matching the scale of pH 7. It’s valid that none of the products used on marble go too much above or below the neutral scale, as even substances with a ph5 scale can be rather harmful for marble worktops.
- You have to remember that liquids and substances which include silicone oils should always be avoided. This may include products that are aimed at cleaning either glass or furniture etc. They may not harm the stone worktops permanently, and any effects might be possibly seen only during a long term period of time. Though it has been proven that various smudges and traces could form, a very unpleasant, hard to remove result of using such substances.
- Another chemical cleaners which you should avoid under any circumstances are products that are aimed for cleaning ovens, consisting of high levels of baking soda and potassium chemicals. Unlike the minor products that were mentioned before, these can be a major harm to your worktop, spoiling the surface and causing huge decolouring and staining damages.
- Quartz , marble and granite counter tops cannot have contact either with petrol, acetone and dense oils, as these have the same negative effects as the oven cleaning products, they might permanently harm the worktops.
Last but not the least…
In order to treat your granite, marble and quartz worktops right it is crucial to use specific products made only for the care of stone worktops, that provide a safe and reliable treatment . You can purchase them either online or in our showroom. They are fantastic for a regular care, and not only they keep your granite or quartz worktops looking originally beautiful but also enhance the unique colour of any given stone worktop.