North American home builders are increasingly making quartz their preferred material for countertops. Builders can’t ignore the advantages presented by engineered stone. Slabs can be manufactured to resemble the finest Carrara marble or Brazilian granite, and ordering them in bulk to fit floor plan designs makes them more affordable.
Quartz surfaces are finished during the manufacturing process, and the glossy look happens to be the most popular. When you purchase a new construction property that features quartz countertops, you can almost always count on their surfaces having a shiny finish. Since quartz countertops are very durable, you don’t have to worry about the finish becoming degraded, but it’ll be up to you to keep them looking shiny.
Clean Your Countertops Frequently
The polished finish of quartz countertops is permanent. Unless the surface is damaged, the only other reason quartz surfaces may look dull is if they haven’t been cleaned for a while. Keeping your quartz slabs clean is the easiest way to ensure they retain the look of their finish. Wiping down countertops right after every use is a good strategy for developing a frequent cleaning schedule.
Choose the Right Cleaning Products
The common household cleaners you usually get from the shelves of local supermarkets aren’t ideal for quartz surfaces. For example, some of the chemicals found in bathroom cleaners may stick to quartz countertops, thus interfering with light reflection, similar to the effect that can be seen when cleaning glass with dish soap. What you want is a quartz cleaner such as Granite Gold Quartz Brite®, which is specifically formulated to prevent streaking and soapy film. Plus, it’s a two-in-one product that cleans the surface and also allows you to polish your countertops to their maximum glossiness.
Buff with Non-Abrasive Polish
The shiny finish of quartz slabs can be augmented with polishing and buffing. Granite Gold Quartz Brite® is both a polish and cleaner in one convenient product. It’s non-abrasive and will leave your countertops looking great. If you know how to polish natural stone, the process of polishing quartz is similar. Spray Granite Gold Quartz Brite® directly on the surface of the quartz, then immediately buff to a luster with a microfiber cloth or paper towel and wipe dry with another microfiber cloth or paper towel.
Refinish the Countertops
If your quartz countertops have a brushed and textured finish that wasn’t meant to be very shiny, there’s a chance you may change your mind and opt for a polished finish down the line. In this case, resurfacing may be an option, but you should first apply polish and thoroughly buff the surface to see how it looks and before you make a decision. Refinishing a quartz slab will be more affordable than replacing it.
If you’d like further information on caring for quartz countertops, reach out to Granite Gold® today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866). Also, make sure to check our Store Locator to find a store near you that carries Granite Gold® brand products.