Very low maintenance requirements are part of the appeal that makes quartz countertops so attractive to homeowners in 2018. Compared to natural stone such as granite and marble, quartz is a far more durable material that also happens to be very stylish. Many of the homeowners replacing their natural-stone surfaces with quartz couldn’t get used to the frequent wiping, light scrubbing, and resealing that marble, granite, travertine, and soapstone call for.
With natural-stone counters, busy lifestyles can result in neglected cleaning and resealing schedules. When marble is installed in the bathroom, not having enough time to squeegee excess water after a morning shower may cause you to worry about water stains while you’re trying to concentrate at work. On the other hand, quartz provides significant peace of mind in this regard. The following recommendations for quartz maintenance are the only ones you should keep in mind.
Resealing Isn’t Necessary
Some quartz manufacturers extend 10-year warranties on their countertops, and they’re able to do so because they trust in their fabrication process, particularly the final stage of sealing and finishing. When quartz slabs pass quality assurance checks, the next step involves giving the surface a polished or textured look according to the wishes of homeowners. The seal is applied during this process, and it becomes a permanent characteristic of the countertop, which means you no longer have to worry about resealing. As a nonporous surface, quartz doesn’t run a great risk of developing water stains.
Avoiding Burns and Discoloration
Since quartz is mostly made of silicon dioxide, it has the potential to become discolored as a result of chemical reactions. To this end, you shouldn’t expose quartz to extreme heat from hot pots or pans in the kitchen. Also, try to keep curling irons away from your bathroom countertops.
Choosing the Right Cleaning Product
Instead of a natural-stone cleaner plus a sealant, you only need to use one solution on your quartz surfaces. A combination quartz cleaner and polish such as Granite Gold Quartz Brite® has the right formula to keep your countertops clean, and it’s the only one you should use. As resilient as quartz is, don’t take your chances with common household cleaners that could leave a stain or discolor the surface. If you run out of quartz cleaner, you can momentarily use a moist cloth to clean your countertops, but never use cleaning products you usually find on supermarket shelves.
Preventing Nicks and Scratches
As durable as quartz is, it shouldn’t be confused with Kevlar. Remind the chefs in your household that they should use cutting boards when preparing meals. Try to keep very sharp objects away from your countertops as much as possible.
To learn more about caring for quartz surfaces, get in touch with Granite Gold® today. We offer a wide array of products that are safe to use on quartz as well as natural-stone surfaces such as granite, marble, slate, and travertine. Give us a call today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).