How To Maintain Quartz And Keep Your Quartz Countertop Stain-Free

February 02, 2024


Quartz countertops are a popular choice for their elegance and timeless appeal. While they are known for their stain-resistant properties, proper maintenance is essential to keep them looking pristine and stain-free.

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Understanding Stain Resistance

Stain Resistance: Quartz's ability to resist liquid absorption and discoloration from substances like oil, grease, or other liquids.

Stain Proof: Unlike being stain-proof, quartz can still be susceptible to certain stains if not properly cared for.

Preventing Common Kitchen Stains

  • Timely action against spills from coffee, red wine, tea, and tomato sauce is crucial.
  • Quartz's composition (natural stone and resin) primarily resists liquid stains but can react with certain substances, leading to discoloration.

Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

  1. Prompt Spill Cleanup: Immediately clean any spills to prevent staining.
  2. Protective Measures: Utilize kitchen accessories like trays, cutting boards, trivets, and coasters to reduce direct exposure to potential stains.
  3. Daily Cleaning Routine: Use a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge with mild dish soap and water for everyday cleaning.
  4. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Steer clear of cleaners with bleach, ammonia, or other harsh chemicals that can damage the quartz surface.
  5. Dealing with Tough Stains: For stubborn stains, apply a paste of baking soda and water, let it sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub and rinse.
  6. Heat Protection: Use trivets or hot pads to protect against heat damage from pots and pans, as quartz is not heatproof.

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Protecting Against Heat and Scorch Marks

  • Understand that quartz countertops, while heat resistant, are vulnerable to heat damage and scorch marks, particularly in marble-look quartz.

Additional Maintenance Recommendations

  • Regular Sealing Not Required: Unlike natural stone, quartz does not require sealing.
  • Avoid Cutting Directly on the Surface: Use cutting boards to prevent scratches.
  • Polishing: Use a quartz polish occasionally to enhance the shine and protect the surface.
  • Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure: To prevent discoloration, minimize direct sunlight on the countertops.

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Expert Quartz Advice and Support

Quartz is one of the easiest materials to maintain and care for, and most of these care tips and tricks would apply to any type of countertop. These are just a few simple things you can do to keep your quartz countertops looking beautiful for many years to come. For more cleaning inspiration for your entire cooking space, reach out to one of our design experts. We're available to chat through our online feature, you can visit one of our showrooms, or find an MSI authorized dealer near you.