Care Instructions

Complete Guide to Caring for Quartz Countertops

KaramaystoneTM quartz countertops are beautiful, durable and low-maintenance. If you practice the following best practices for quartz countertop maintenance, your surfaces will retain their sparkle and beauty for many years.

HOW DO YOU CLEAN QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS?

Warm water is the best way to clean quartz countertops, but you can also safely use glass cleaner or mild dish detergent. Apply a small amount of water or cleaner onto your countertops and use a soft cloth, sponge, or paper towel to

gently buff your countertops clean.

For hardened, gummy, or greasy messes, use a plastic putty knife or wooden spoon to gently scrape and loosen the material so you can remove it with the cleaning solutions mentioned above. The best way to clean quartz countertops is to frequently wipe them with a soft cloth and warm water to prevent the accumulation of large stains.

Cleaning Products to Avoid when Clean My Quartz Countertops?

Avoid using anything that could damage or detract from your countertops’ glossy finish. Examples of what not to use when caring for quartz countertops include:

  • Abrasive cleansers such as Comet or Ajax
  • Scouring pads, abrasive sponges, or steel wool
  • Nail polish remover
  • Turpentine
  • Oven cleaner
  • Fully concentrated bleach (diluted bleach is OK when necessary)

Extreme heat is another one to avoid. Quartz countertops are certainly heat resistant but they are not heat-proof. As such, the counters can withstand limited exposure to hot items as long as they do not exceed certain temperatures. A steaming cop of tea or a warm plate of food won’t pose a problem. However, a searing hot pot or frying pan placed directly on a quartz countertop could damage it. Such high temperatures can cause quartz to crack and cause the resin to melt. Even though our quartz can endure some level of heat, we recommend always protecting your surfaces by using hot pads or trivets under your pots and pans.

DO QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS STAIN?

Quartz countertops are sealed with a thick coat of resin. In comparison to granite and marble’s abundant pores, the pores in resin are minimal, making quartz countertops very difficult to stain. Does this mean you can forget about a wine or lemon juice spill for a couple days before cleaning it? No, it doesn’t. But it does mean you don’t have to drop everything and rush with a rag. Quartz countertop maintenance is fairly stress free. As long as you clean your spills fairly quickly after they happen, you should be able to enjoy a stain-free countertop for years.

To best care for your quartz countertop, it’s best to try and avoid spills of acidic liquids such as wine, tea, coffee, soda, fruit juices, vinegar, etc. Below are some other known stain culprits and cleaning methods to rid you of them.

Rust Stains

Not all stains result from spills. Rust stains occur over time when a metal object on your quartz countertop comes in contact with water and gradually corrodes causing rust.

Here is one effective, safe way to remove a rust stain on a quartz countertop: Create a paste by mixing a baking-soda based powder cleaner (Bar Keeper’s Friend is one example) and mineral oil. Scrub with a soft sponge until the stain lifts. This method is also often effective on red wine, coffee, tea, and soda stains.

Standing Water Stains

Standing water (from a wet object left to dry on your countertop) can also create stains. While there is no one definitive answer regarding how to remove water stains from quartz countertops, here is one method to try that will not damage the quartz. Mix baking soda and water until you have a paste with a peanut butter-like consistency. Apply a layer of this paste over the water stain, cover the paste with plastic wrap overnight, and gently rinse it with a soft sponge and warm water the next morning.

Permanent Marker Stains

Permanent marker stains can be pesky, but the good news is, they don’t have to be permanent. Apply a product such as Goo Gone’s original spray gel to a soft cloth and gently rub the stain until it fades and finally disappears.

QUARTZ COUNTERTOP MAINTENANCE IS EASY

Now that you know the tricks and tips to keep your quartz countertop brand new, nothing is stopping you from browsing our products to see which pattern best suits your space. If you’d like to experience the products in person, visit our showroom and a friendly associate will give you the grand tour. Ready to order? We’re ready to deliver! Contact us today for a free estimate.