After being the first on the market with its solid surface material, Corian, DuPont decided to take its offerings even further by acquiring the Zodiaq brand and turning it into Corian Quartz. The difference between solid surface Corian and Corian quartz is that the latter features quartz and other natural mineral aggregate, giving it a unique shine and glimmer.
Like solid surface, Corian quartz is extremely low-maintenance stuff and is easy to clean and keep clean. It’s also very durable, resistant to scratches and much less likely to chip than its natural-stone counterparts. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is completely impervious to damage.
The advantage Corian quartz has over natural stone is that the surface is not porous like marble or granite, meaning fluid is unable to seep into the surface like it can happen with natural stone. This is largely where quartz gets its reputation for ease of maintenance. You don’t need to worry about sealing the surface, and stains are much easier to remove since it’s unlikely that anything will make its way beneath the surface.
So, let’s get into everything you need to know in order to keep your Corian quartz and Zodiaq countertops looking their best.
1) Avoid Household Cleaners:
Many of your average cleaning products you have in your cabinets right now rely on harsh or abrasive chemicals to cut through stains. While these might be perfectly fine on ceramic, solid surface, laminates and metal fixtures, your Corian quartz can be damaged or marred by these chemicals. Quartz is typically made up of 90-95% quartz, with the rest being made up of resins, polymers, and pigments. The resins and polymers that hold all that quartz together in your countertop can be broken down over time by these products, leading to a hazy or dull surface.
Then you have something like ordinary dish soap, which is tempting to use since you have some on tap right there next to the sink, but this can be counterproductive as well. The problem is that these tend to have organic moisturizing compounds that end up leaving a translucent film on the surface of your countertops. This may not be noticeable at first, but it can build up to make for a generally hazy surface.
2) Avoid Abrasive Cleaning Pads
Sometimes it might be tempting to use a scouring pad or steel wool on a tough stain or soil build-up, but this can leave you with a marred surface as well. These small abrasions might not be too noticeable at first, but they build up to make for a dull surface that has lost its luster and sheen in the light.
Also, once that surface has been abraded, you’re setting yourself up for a more difficult to remove stain to set in. Instead, try soaking a particularly stubborn spot with a wet towel with warm water or a stone-safe cleaner.
3) Use a Plastic Putty Knife
Instead of scrubbing away at a crusty spot on the surface of your quartz with a knife, spoon or scouring pad, you can use a plastic putty knife to scrape gunk away from the surface before wiping it clean. That way you can get that tough, hardened food or spill that was left to sit without scratching or dulling the surface.
A nylon brush is another good tool to keep around, with the added bonus that it works particularly well on grout as well as any stone surface you might have around the house.
4) Use a 2-in-1 Quartz Cleaner and Polish
Formulated specifically for use on any brand of quartz, Granite Gold Quartz Brite® combines a pH balanced cleaner with a streak-free polish. The advantage of that built-in polish is that it actually makes your job in cleaning in the future a little easier. Just like wax on a car, sticky substances and stains have a harder time sticking to a well-polished surface. This is especially handy for being able to quickly wipe away soap scum and hard water marks and helps to resist any stain that is left to sit on the countertop surface.
Just spray the solution directly onto the surface and buff it in with a microfiber cloth or paper towel, before wiping the surface clear with a dry cloth. Easy as that. This cleaner also works well for other similar synthetic surfaces, such as solid surface, laminates, Formica, ceramic and laminate.
5) Use Trivets, Heat Pads and Cutting Boards
One small chink in the quartz armor is that it does not boast the same heat resistance that natural stone such as granite or marble do. The polymers and pigments used can discolor, warp or even crack if subjected to too much heat in one area. This can be avoided just by placing a trivet, hot pad or serving tray under pots, pans or hot serving dishes.
We also strongly recommend using a cutting board as well, as sharp cooking knives can absolutely leave small scratches on the surface, eventually adding up to a noticeably dull spot on the counter. Plus, this is unnecessarily hard on your knives, dulling them more quickly than a wood or plastic cutting board would. A nice piece of butcher block or bamboo cutting board will look nice and go a long way in preserving your investment
To read more on what not to do when caring for your quartz or natural-stone, check out our other guides here. If you have any more specific questions pertaining to caring for your stone and need some advice, you can give our stone care experts with three generations of expertise a call at 1-800-475-STONE. Also be sure to check out more of our stone care and other related products from Granite Gold®.