tips from the trade: the do’s and don’ts of quartz countertop careOctober 23, 2017
How durable are quartz countertops? Very. Really. Amazingly so.
But even quartz countertops need a teeny bit of TLC now and then. Take care of them properly, and they’ll be beautiful for years to come. However, there are a few easy-to-avoid mistakes that can take some shine—and years—off your lovely counters.
Let’s face it—you want to love your quartz for generations. With that in mind, here are some Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to maintaining your quartz countertops.
Do love and use your quartz: You chose quartz because it’s gorgeous, strong, and less fussy about maintenance than granite and marble. Don’t be afraid to live your life fully with quartz—roll dough on it, make it your go-to buffet, encourage guests with brimming wine glasses to gather round.
Do wipe it regularly: Although quartz is stain resistant, it’s not dust or dirt proof. Wipe daily with a damp cloth or a sponge with a dot of dish detergent. Dry with a microfiber cloth to make the counters shine.
Hint: A good way to spot camouflaged, dried spills is to bend down and get on eye-level with your counters. You’ll see the spills as raised bumps on the surface.
Do register your purchase: That’s how you activate your warranty. And even though your quartz countertops are tough, life happens. If your countertops get damaged in any way, you’ll be glad you did.
Don’t ignore spills: Especially if they’re wine, vinegar, tea, juice, or soda spills. These liquids are either acidic or corrosive, and aren’t a friend of any type of surface. Quartz is tough, but it doesn’t like to be sorely tested. Wipe spills with a wet dishcloth as soon as you spot them.
Don’t cut on quartz: Quartz is scratch resistant, one of the toughest countertop materials out there. The natural quartz stone in it is fortified with man-made polymers, making a tough material even tougher. That said, do not use your quartz as a cutting board. Sharp knives can scratch the surface. Reach for a cutting board and protect your quartz slab’s smooth shine.
Don’t put heat directly on counters: Yes, quartz is heat resistant and won’t melt or burn if you put a warm pot or plate on it. However, it is stone, and sudden extreme changes in temperature can create thermal expansion and crack it.
If you must put something hot on your quartz countertops, use a trivet with padded feet. Pads are important and will prevent the trivet from scratching the quartz surface.
Don’t use permanent markers near your quartz: It’s tempting to let the kids do their school projects on your kitchen island while you’re making dinner. But don’t let them use ink or permanent markers on naked quartz.
They can adhere to the surface and become hard to remove with anything but a harsh chemical. It’s okay for the kiddies to use water-based markers. But it’s best to cover and protect the countertop surface if the kids are messing with Sharpies.
All in all, quartz countertops are one of the most durable, beautiful and low maintenance countertop options. You will love the ease of cleaning and the worry-free use of your kitchen. And if you follow these basic do’s and don’ts, you’ll be enjoying that gorgeous, carefree kitchen for many years to come.
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