Installing quartz countertops in your kitchen will enhance its appearance and functionality for many years. These countertops are known for their uniform and outstanding appearance, durability, ability to avert bacterial build-up, and affordability.
To enjoy these benefits for longer and get value on your investment, you will need to maintain your kitchen quartz countertops. Here are care tips to consider after installing this countertop surface.
Use Hot Pads to Protect the Surface
Since quartz countertop materials are engineered, they can withstand a certain level of high temperatures. However, this doesn't mean they are heat resistant. A dramatic or sudden temperature change can easily split the stone slab.
Besides, the polish cannot resist heat, so the countertop may get damaged when you place the hot skillet or cooking pot directly on the surface. Thermal shocks may also cause cracks on the surface. To protect the countertop material, you will need to use trivets and hot pads.
Avoid Harsh Scouring Pads
While quartz is popularly known for its durability and resilience, its finish isn't robust. If you use a tough scouring pad or steel wool to clean the surface, damages will occur sooner than later. Note that the dulling effect takes a while, so it will be visible after several cleanings.
Once the damage is visible, the countertops will not appear as stunning as they were. You will have to hire a stone restoration specialist to polish the surface and restore its original appearance.
To avoid these additional expenses, use a soft or stone-safe sponge to scrub the countertop. You may even soak the tough stains under a cloth for some hours to make it easier to scrub the dirt. Don't use sharp objects like knives to scratch the surface, either.
Clean Spills Immediately to Prevent Stains
Every time you spill drinks or food on your quartz countertops, clean them right away. If you don't, the liquids may seep through some undetectable scratches or holes in your countertops, staining the stone underneath. Wine, fruity drinks, and acidic liquids such as vinegar are popular stain agents. So, make sure you clean up spills quickly and dry the area with a microfiber to eliminate the contents.
Avoid Household Cleaners
Although it might be tempting to use household cleaners to sanitize your countertop, you should avoid it. Most of the cleaners in the market today contain chemicals that may damage the polymers and resins that hold the quartz stone aggregates together. The bond can be broken easily over time. Your only option is to use a cleaner that's specifically formulated for cleaning quartz countertops.