The ongoing trend of choosing quartz over marble and granite isn’t limited to kitchen countertops. Historically, marble in the bathroom has been the top choice in terms of prestige and aesthetics. However, luxury hotels in Europe have been using quartz ever since the fabrication process of engineered stone became advanced enough to resemble just about any color and pattern combination found in nature, and most guests will never be able to tell the difference. Pricing is one of the reasons quartz has been more widely applied in commercial establishments instead of homes, but this is starting to turn around now that more North American companies are manufacturing quartz slabs and tiles.
One of the best aspects of quartz in the bathroom is that it’s easy to clean and care for. In terms of style, quartz looks much better than ceramic or engineered solid surfaces, and it’s a breeze to keep clean. With this in mind, here are five tips you can follow to clean quartz in your bathroom.
1. Only Use a Quartz Cleaner& Polish
The convenience of quartz extends to financial savings. Instead of purchasing various household cleaning products for daily use, disinfecting, and stain removal—products that could damage your quartz, all you need is a specially formulated combination quartz polish and cleaner. You shouldn’t use anything other than a quartz cleaner such as Granite Gold Quartz Brite® because more than 90 percent of quartz is made with natural stone, which means there’s still a chance of overly acidic products penetrating the permanent seal and causing unwanted chemical reactions.
2. Wipe Up Spills
Even though quartz is highly resistant to staining, you don’t want to take chances with certain substances such as hair dye, lipstick, mascara, and other cosmetics typically used in the bathroom. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen, and buff the quartz cleaner in with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.
3. Care for Shower Stalls and Tub Surrounds
Quartz is excellent in the shower because it functions just like ceramic materials. Unlike marble, homeowners don’t have to worry about drying off every single drop of water right after taking a bath or shower since there’s a low risk of staining. However, there’s still the potential of limescale building up over time in regions where hard water is predominant, and there’s also soap accumulation to worry about. Both of these issues can be prevented with regular cleaning.
4. Do Routine Cleaning
As long as there are no spills to worry about, you can settle into a routine of cleaning quartz in the bathroom once or twice a week depending on how often household members use it. All you need is quartz cleaner and two microfiber cloths or paper towels: one for wiping and the other for drying all surfaces when you’re done.
5. Get Rid of Crusted Buildup
Should a crusty buildup form on your quartz slabs or tiles, you can use a new, single-edged razor blade to gently scrape and shave the buildup from the quartz. Then, clean with Granite Gold Quartz Brite®, using a soft nylon brush or a gentle, safe-on-stone scrubbing pad.
With a few exceptions, caring for quartz countertops is similar to caring for counters made of natural stone such as granite. If you don’t know how to clean granite countertops, the Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® are here to help. Check out the wide array of tips offered in our blog, or give us a call at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).
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