A Practical Guide For The Everyday Care Of Quartz Countertops

December 11, 2023


Quartz countertops are a popular choice for modern kitchens and bathrooms, revered for their durability and aesthetic appeal. Unlike natural stone, quartz is an engineered material composed of natural quartz stone mixed with resins and pigments. This unique composition allows for a wide variety of colors and patterns, ranging from solid colors to marble-look quartz replicas. Quartz countertops not only add a touch of elegance to any space but also bring the benefit of being non-porous, which makes them highly resistant to staining and easy to clean.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal and durability, quartz is also favored as an environmentally sustainable material. Many quartz manufacturers prioritize the use of recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing processes, making quartz a more eco-friendly choice compared to some natural stones.

While quartz is known for its durability and low maintenance, proper care is still essential to maintain its beauty and functionality. This guide aims to provide practical tips for the everyday care of your quartz countertops. Let’s take a look.

Daily Cleaning

alabaster-white-care-for-quartz-countertopsAlabaster White® Quartz

The key to maintaining quartz countertops is regular cleaning, a principle that's particularly important for elegant options like Alabaster White® quartz. This pristine, white quartz, with its clean and bright appearance, can add a touch of sophistication to any space. To preserve its radiant white finish, daily maintenance should be gentle yet effective. Use a soft cloth or sponge combined with warm water and a mild detergent for routine cleaning. This method is ideal for any quartz countertop as its surfaces can be dulled by abrasive cleaners or scouring pads.

It’s essential to wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining. Substances like coffee, wine, or oil can leave noticeable stains if not addressed promptly. For dried spills or more persistent stains, opt for a glass cleaner or a non-abrasive surface cleaner. Simply spray the cleaner onto the quartz surface, allow it to sit for a few minutes to dissolve the stain, and then gently wipe it away with a soft cloth. By adhering to these cleaning practices, your quartz countertop will maintain its stunning, unblemished look for years to come.

Dealing with Spills and Stains

gray-lagoon-concrete-care-for-quartz-countertopsGray Lagoon® Concrete Finish Quartz

Quartz, while resistant to staining, isn’t completely impervious to it. This is particularly true for uniquely textured varieties like Gray Lagoon® Concrete Finish. This quartz, with its distinctive concrete-like appearance and a blend of gray tones, brings a modern and industrial feel to spaces.

To address tough stains on any quartz countertop, a paste made from baking soda and water is an effective solution. Apply this paste to the stained area and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. This gentle approach is especially suitable for the textural variations of many quartz colors. After the paste has had time to work, gently scrub the area with a soft brush and then rinse with water.

For grease stains, use a degreasing cleaner that's safe for quartz surfaces. As a precaution, always test any cleaning product on a small, less visible area of your countertops first. This ensures that the cleaner won't harm many of the unique finishes of quartz countertops.

Preventing Damage

carrara-morro-care-for-quartz-countertopsCarrara Morro® Quartz

While quartz is renowned for its scratch resistance, it's important to remember that it's not completely scratch-proof. This is especially pertinent for elegant quartz varieties like Carrara Morro®, which boasts a sophisticated design mimicking the classic look of Carrara marble with a modern twist.

When used as a premium kitchen surface, always use cutting boards to prevent direct contact with knives and other sharp objects to protect the delicate veining and the polished finish of Carrara Morro®.  This prevents any potential scratches that could mar its smooth surface.

Similarly, safeguard all quartz countertops from heat sources, such as hot pots and pans, by using trivets or hot pads. While quartz is heat resistant, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can lead to damage like discoloration or cracking. By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your quartz countertop retains its pristine condition and timeless elegance.

Maintaining Appearance

blanca-arabescato-care-for-quartz-countertopsBlanca Arabescato® Quartz

To ensure that your quartz countertops continue to look as good as new, it's also important to manage their exposure to direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to discoloration over time. This is particularly important for premium quartz options like Blanca Arabescato® enhanced with our exclusive LumaLuxe® technology.

This stunning quartz features a striking white background with bold gray veining, and the LumaLuxe® formulation adds an extra layer of depth and luminosity to its appearance. If your countertops are in a sunlit area, consider using window coverings to shield them from direct rays. Alongside this, regular cleaning and immediate attention to spills are vital to maintaining the vibrant color and glossy finish of your countertops.

Minimal Maintenance for Long-Lasting Beauty

Caring for quartz countertops is straightforward and doesn't demand much time or special products. By adhering to these simple tips, you can ensure that your quartz surfaces remain beautiful and pristine for years to come. The key to this longevity is regular cleaning and prompt attention to spills and stains. With proper care, your quartz countertops will not only retain their aesthetic appeal but also continue to be a stunning feature in your interior design for many years to come.

For more information about caring for quartz countertops, chat with us online, visit one of our many MSI showrooms nationwide, or contact an authorized MSI retailer near you.


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