How To Care For Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are made with a versatile combination of materials and are made up of quartz, resin, and pigments. Because of its hardness and toughness as compared to other materials and the innate quality to take a lot of abuse quartz has become a very popular choice for kitchen countertops. But a lot of people don’t know how to care for quartz countertops. Despite the low maintenance requirements of quartz countertops, there are a few things you must keep in mind and should do on a regular basis to ensure the longevity of your quartz countertops. Here’s a few tips on how to care for quartz countertops.
Prevent any hard drop
Although quartz has the ability to take a lot of physical abuse, you should be very careful when placing any large or heavy objects on the counter. Never put them down with a thud, always keep them down gently. You should also prevent anything heavy from dropping on the surface of the countertop. This can make the surface crack and chip off.
Avoid the Use of Harsh Chemicals
You should avoid using harsh chemicals that have an acid or an alkaline base material on quartz. These chemicals are likely to damage the top surface of the quartz countertops and wear it down over time. If by mistake any such cleaners gets spilled on the countertop, then wipe it away immediately using a wet cloth and thoroughly clean the affected area using soap and water. Some common cleaners which contain harsh chemicals and which you should avoid at all costs include turpentine, nail polish remover, bleach, oven cleaner, drain chemicals, methylene chloride, dishwasher cleaners, and trichloroethane.
How To Care For Quartz Countertops | Wipe Any Spills Immediately
The cleaning process can be made a lot easier if you wipe off any spills the moment they happen quickly. Although you can remove the spillage stains later, it will be quicker and much easier if you wipe it off while it is still in wet condition. After you wipe off the mess, rinse clean the surface with a wet clothes and your countertop will remain shiny and beautiful.
Protect the Quartz From High Temperature Swings
You should protect the surface of the quartz from extreme temperature variations. Never put down hot pots and pans on the countertop itself. Instead use a pot stand or holder. Same goes for cold drinks and coffee mugs too. Use a coaster instead of putting it on the quartz surface. Although quartz can withstand temperatures that go well over 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is not capable of handling abrupt temperature swings and variations very well.
Don’t Cut On Quartz
You should always avoid cutting directly over the quartz surface. Always use a cutting board for cutting fruits, vegetables or spices. This will prevent the quartz surface from getting chipped or scratched. Quartz countertops are very vulnerable to scratches made with a sharp knife or similar cutting tool. This will degrade the royal look and feel of the quartz countertops.
Quartz is a sturdy material perfectly made for kitchen abuses, but it still requires routine maintenance to keep it in top shape. In this article we have given you some tips on how to care for quartz countertops. For any assistance regarding your quartz countertops you may contact K&B Cabinets. We will always be there for you.