Although some quartz countertops are actually made of quarried slabs of the natural stone, the new engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. This results in a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop. The resins are what give the quartz its color.
Quartz is Great for Kitchens Countertops, Sinks & Tables
Made from one of the hardest minerals known in earth, quartz countertops are probably the most durable option for kitchens. Quartz isn’t porous like some other stone surfaces making them very sanitary. You can keep them 99.9 percent bacteria-free. This durability also makes quartz very resistant to stains or corrosion from cooking oils, liquids and most household cleaning agents, which, means there is no need for resealing it.
How to Clean & Polish Quartz Countertops
The use of water and a paper towel is probably all you need to clean your quartz countertops. If necessary, you can use a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive cleanser. Spills need to be cleaned right away before they dry. Even though quartz is extremely stain resistant to liquids such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda, or fruits and vegetables, spills need to be cleaned up as soon as possible. If a stain is stubborn or dried up, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad along with a glass and surface cleaner. Materials such a gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint can be scraped away with a plastic putty knife once they harden. You can polish your quartz countertops. The most important thing to do is to make sure you clean the countertop first to eliminate all bacteria. If you apply polish on top of stains it can cause them to be more difficult or impossible to remove. After it is dry you can then apply the polish.
Protecting Your Quartz Tile Countertops
Quartz is heat and stain resistant, but not heat and scratch proof. Always use trivets or pads with hot pots and always use a cutting board. You should never slice or chop food directly on your quartz countertops. Do not use bleach and it is advised to avoid using cleaners that contain bleach. Always follow all care instructions with cleaning products. Avoid high-pH cleaners, like oven cleaners and concentrated bleach. Some exposure to alkaline products will not damage quartz. Removing cooking grease by using a degreaser and follow the directions. Permanent markers should be kept away from your quartz countertops. If they happen to make contact with your countertop, moisten a cloth with Goo Gone, or a comparable product, and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue. Keep solvents and powerful chemicals off the counter. This includes paint removers, furniture strippers and nail polish remover.