Why a High-Quality Quartz Cleaner Is Essential for Preserving Your Countertops
Although granite countertops are extremely popular in kitchens, there are other durable and visually appealing options to choose from, one of which is quartz. Quartz is physically and chemically resistant to weathering, and as such, it is used in a wide variety of applications, including electronics (circuit boards), jewelry, watches, clocks and countertops. As with any stone countertop, selecting a high-quality quartz cleaner is essential for maintaining long-lasting, glistening stone.
What Are the Qualities of a Superior Quartz Cleaner?
It is essential when maintaining quartz to choose a quartz cleaner that is specifically designed for cleaning and maintaining the integrity of quartz surfaces. A quartz-safe product like Granite Gold® Quartz Clean & Shine will never contain any of the enemies of quartz, such as bleach, harmful chemicals or abrasives.
Additionally, cleaners designed for quartz will never cause discoloration or damage to the countertop. Ideally, you should look for a streak-free, pH-balanced cleaner that is safe on food-prep surfaces. Products Granite Gold® Quartz Clean & Shine combine these key features with a polish that can help prevent watermarks, sticky substances and stains from sticking.
Tips for Safe and Effective Cleaning of Quartz Countertops
Use common sense when cleaning your quartz countertops. Since quartz is a hearty material, cleaning and maintenance is a fairly straight-ahead process. Using a scratch-resistant cloth is recommended, along with a non-abrasive sponge, and, of course, a quartz cleaner that is designed specifically for quartz surfaces.
With Granite Gold® Quartz Clean & Shine, the cleaning and polishing process is efficient and foolproof. All you need to do is spray the product directly onto the surface and buff it with a paper towel or microfiber cloth before gently wiping the surface with a dry cloth.
Common Mistakes Made While Using and Cleaning Quartz Countertops
Although quartz countertops are comprised of more than 90% crushed natural stone and bonded by resin, they are not immune to damage that accidents or carelessness can cause.
Potential damage to quartz countertops can come from a variety of sources.
Pots and pans that are still hot (or even warm) should never be placed on a quartz countertop. Avoid discoloration from pots, pans or curling irons by using hot pads or trivets.
Chemicals that can damage quartz include cleaning solutions that are acid- or alkaline-based, bleach, stainless steel cleaners, nail polish remover, and even some traditional granite countertop cleaning products. Luckily, a stone-safe cleaner like Granite Gold® Daily Cleaner is safe and effective for all natural-stone surfaces, including granite, marble, travertine, limestone, slate and quartz.
Abrasive Cleaning Materials
Although quartz makes for a hearty surface, rough and abrasive cleaning materials, such as steel wool scouring pads, can certainly mar a quartz countertop. In addition, any use of knives should be performed on a cutting board rather than on the countertop itself.
Permanent Markers and Art Supplies
Items like permanent markers, nail polish, paints, food coloring, glues, and resins can damage the surface of quartz countertops.
Not Cleaning Up Spills ASAP
Spills from spices (curry, turmeric, chili powder, etc.), red wine, and tomato-based products (sauces and ketchup) should be handled as soon as possible to avoid permanent and serious staining. If you do happen to spill wine or coffee, promptly spray a specially formulated quartz cleaner and polish.
Keep in mind that more acidic products, such as cooking wines containing balsamic vinegar, have the potential to cause greater damage and thus should be cleaned in a timely manner.
3 Advantages of Quartz Over Other Countertop Stones
Similar to stones like granite, quartz makes for an aesthetically pleasing and made-to-last countertop. But unlike granite countertops, which are cut from extremely large slabs of rock, quartz countertops are manufactured. This process is achieved by encasing ground-up quartz stone in a protective resin, which is then shaped to the dimensions of the countertop.
There are some key advantages of using quartz over granite for your countertops.
- Quartz countertops are available in a far wider variety of styles and colors than granite.
- Quartz countertops are comprised of 90% crushed natural stone and bonded by resin, as opposed to the more porous nature of granite.
Quartz countertops are often immune to the many hazards that plague granite countertops, such as staining and discoloration from external substances. Just make sure that if you you invest in a quality quartz cleaner to ensure its longevity.
Preserve Your Quartz with Granite Gold®
Granite Gold® Quartz Clean & Shine is the superior deep cleaning and polishing product for all your quartz and solid-surface counters. Specially formulated to preserve quartz surfaces, it effectively eradicates spills and soiling of all types while leaving your quartz countertops with shiny luster and a fresh citrus scent.
For more information on Granite Gold’s Quartz Clean & Shine, along with its other products, call 800-475-7866 or visit Granite Gold.