tips from the trade: easy quartz countertop care and maintenanceJune 15, 2017
Have you fallen for the myth that if you want a luxurious, stylish kitchen countertop, you must choose a high-maintenance material? That may have been true in the past. Now, this is just one of the ways a quartz countertop breaks the mold, and delivers the unexpected – with low-key and nearly effortless daily care.
One of the top benefits of quartz countertops is its beauty. As a manufactured surface material, quartz can be engineered to resemble many other popular surfaces such as marble and granite.
Quartz is available in a variety of colors and patterns, from the subtle to the dramatic, to suit anyone’s décor. This allows you to create that upscale, luxurious style you crave, without the worry and constant vigilance about stains, scratches, etching, sealing, etc. Here’s how to keep your quartz countertops looking as good as the day they were installed.
Since a quartz countertop is nonporous, liquids and stains won’t penetrate the surface. Therefore, all you need is a wipe with a damp sponge or dishcloth. If desired, you can use a mild soap, such as dishwashing liquid. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
For greasy messes on a quartz countertop, we suggest a mild dish soap, or a gentle all-purpose cleanser. Avoid anything abrasive, such as Comet cleanser. Bon Ami and Barkeepers’ Friend are approved nonabrasive cleansers for quartz surfaces. Do not use abrasive sponges or scrubbers such as Scotch Brite.
The regular maintenance requirement for quartz is something you’ll enjoy: there isn’t any! Quartz needs no yearly sealing, like marble, granite, and other natural stone surfaces.
Although quartz is extremely tough and durable, it’s a wise idea to protect it from obvious sources of heat damage. Do not prepare food directly on the countertop; use a cutting board. Use a trivet or hot pad to protect your countertop from appliances such as crock pots and deep fryers, and do not place hot pots and pans directly on the surface.
Chemicals to Avoid
Most household cleansers and chemicals do not affect quartz countertops, but there are some potential troublemakers to keep in mind. Avoid paint removers, silver polish, nail polish remover, oil-based soaps, bleach, and anything that contains trichlorethane or methylene chloride. Ink and permanent markers may cause stains that are very hard to remove.
Although quartz is not totally indestructible, it’s one of the toughest kitchen countertop materials available. With over 60 colors to choose from, it’s beautiful too, ideal for any décor from traditional to contemporary. Visit the MSI Q Premium Quartz Gallery to find out more.