A good way to tell how long an interior design trend is bound to last is by looking at celebrity real estate listings. In 2019, Tamra Judge, star of the Real Housewives of Orange County reality TV show, listed her Southern California home for millions of dollars, and the property featured quartz countertops. Something else that lets you know quartz is here to stay is the recent signing of supermodel Cindy Crawford to be a brand ambassador for Silestone. Presumably, this is in a direct response to Cheryl Tiegs’ endorsement of Cambria quartz.
Now that quartz countertops are all the rage, it won’t be long until you see engineered stone become a popular material for flooring, surrounds, and backsplash detailing. If you decide to install quartz in your home or if you move into a new place where quartz has already been installed, here’s what you need to know about care and maintenance.
Quartz Is Easy to Care For
Easy maintenance is one of the major reasons quartz has been riding a wave of popularity in recent years. Caring for quartz is similar to granite care, but it’s easier to maintain because you don’t have to worry about applying frequent coats of stone sealant. You only have to focus on cleaning and polishing and preventing certain situations that could damage your engineered stone surfaces.
Avoid Common Household Cleaners
The most important thing to remember about quartz is that 90 percent of its structure is crushed natural stone, which means it still has a certain potential for chemical reactions. To this effect, you don’t want to expose your quartz tiles or slabs to common cleaners that may contain phosphates, bleach, ammonia, or other harmful chemicals. Instead, use a specially formulated quartz cleaner. Granite Gold Quartz Brite® is formulated as a two-in-one cleaner and polish that’s pH balanced for engineered stone and solid surface materials. Buff your quartz countertops with one microfiber cloth and use a separate one for drying.
Only Use Non-Scratch Pads
Granite Gold Quartz Brite® can be used with a paper towel or microfiber cloth that won’t scratch polished surfaces. However, you may run into situations when you’ll need to remove food, cosmetics, or other substances that have crusted. In such cases, you can scrub with a non-scratch pad such as Granite Gold Scrub Sponge®.
If you have additional questions about caring for quartz, as well as questions about caring for natural stone such as granite, marble, and limestone, reach out to Granite Gold®. Call us at 1-800-475-STONE (7866), and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, which features monthly tips on caring for quartz and natural stone.