Ever since I bought my house, I dreamed of the day that I could redo my kitchen. My original kitchen was fine, but not the kitchen of my dreams! The biggest purchase I made in my remodel was new quartz countertops. They are one of the biggest purchases I have ever made (other than my actual house and car). I was so happy when they were installed and for the first few weeks I didn’t even want to use them.
Quartz is more stain resistant than granite or marble countertops because it is not a porous stone, but you still want to make sure that you are taking proper care of them to prevent damage. Quartz is actually made of ground up stone held together with binders. This gives you the look and feel of stone without it being an actual slab of stone. There are a few things to know about quartz countertops in order to keep them looking their best.
I’ve never had an issue with permanent stains on my counters, but I am sure to wipe up anything quickly. Things like coffee, berries, and turmeric can leave quite a mess, and I make sure to get it wiped up before it has a chance to dry into the counter. For food spills, I use a dishcloth with dish soap which is the best at cutting food stains.
I do notice that the surface starts to look a little hazy after a lot of dish soap wiping, so once a week, I use a non-abrasive surface cleaner which shines it up again. I don’t know if it would damage the quartz, but its best to avoid anything with harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach. I love Target’s Ever Spring cleaner because it’s non-toxic and smells great.
I also never use abrasive sponges or cloths when cleaning the counters, because if you clean up the spills soon enough, you shouldn’t need to be scratching them off!
You should NOT use your countertops as a cutting board. Although they quartz is pretty hard, a sharp knife could scratch the surface (and also dull your knife!).
You also shouldn’t put hot pans directly onto the quartz. The surface is heat-resistant, but very hot things can cause cracks. I never really trust trivets or potholders, so I only set hot items on my wood cutting boards, and try to keep it a few inches away from the edge of the counter. Better safe than sorry! I also don’t use things like crock pots or small grills, but I would place these items on a wood cutting board or other stand instead of directly on the quartz, just in case the heat transfers.
If you wind up with a stain that you can’t remove with non-abrasive cleaners or end up scratching or cracking your counter, I would recommend contacting your installer to help troubleshoot. You don’t want to make matters worse by trying to fix on your own!
The best practice is to make sure you are regularly caring for the countertop and taking steps to prevent damage in the first place!