Quartz Care Guide

Quartz is an investment in your home or office that will give you many years of beautiful service. Quartz is a high quality, solid, non-porous product that is resistant to scratches, heat, and stains. However, Quartz is not heat, stain and scratch proof. Quartz requires minimum maintenance and the following care and maintenance guidelines will help to keep the surface in immaculate condition for years.​​

General Cleaning

For daily maintenance of your quartz countertops, mild soap/detergent and water is recommended. Quartz is non-absorbent and therefore hygienic. Harsh and heavy-duty cleaners are unnecessary. Do not use abrasive of strong alkaline or acid (high or low pH) cleaners. Contact us if you need recommendations of appropriate or approved cleaners from specific quartz manufacturers.
If you wish to take the extra step of disinfecting your surfaces, you can use solutions such as: 70 percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol, a homemade spray mixture of 4 teaspoons of bleach and 1 quart of water (Let this solution sit on the surface for 60 seconds, wipe with a dry cloth. Next, rinse the surface with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.); Lysol® Disinfectant Spray, or other similar disinfectants recommended by your quartz manufacturer.
It is best to thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing.

Spills and Stains

Quartz is highly resistant to stains caused by fruit juices, liquid food coloring, coffee, tea, wine, grapes, soft drinks, paints, nail polish and remover, automotive fluids, and permanent makers. If any of the above is spilled on the quartz surface, immediately wipe off the stained area with any commonly available multi-purpose cleaner or household detergent and then with ordinary water. For more stubborn spills and stains, repeat the procedure several times and use a household scouring pad (not too abrasive or harsh) to remove the stain. It is possible that some of the stubborn stains may leave a light mark or very slight discoloration on the stone. Contact us if a stain persists.
Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Don’t wipe the area because it will spread the spill. Flush the area with mild soap and water, then rinse. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary. Your granite surface has been sealed prior to installation but may require additional sealing after install due to the porosity of the stone. Once sealed properly, there should be little or no staining. However, if a stain does persist please see the section below regarding stain removal. A honed or brushed surface will stain much faster than a polished surface and must be sealed more frequently.

Difficult Spot Removal

For adhered materials like gum, nail polish, paint, etc. — When necessary you may scrape adhered materials with a sharp edge (for example, a razor blade or sharp plastic scraper may be used parallel to the surface). The metal surface used in scraping the dirt may leave grey metal marks on the surface; scouring pads can easily remove them. Wash and rinse the surface with water.

Sealing Not Required

The high gloss finish and extremely low moisture absorption of quartz fully eliminates the need for any sealing. Do not apply any sealers, penetrants, or topical treatments to quartz under any circumstances. Such products will wear off and may cause the gloss to appear dull or inconsistent.

Preventing Damage from Heat

Quartz is designed and manufactured to withstand moderate heat, but the product is not heat proof. Thermal shock resistance is increased with the thickness of the quartz: a slab with the thickness of 3 cm is more resistant than a 2 cm slab. Like any other composite material, quartz may be damaged by a sudden or lasting exposure to high temperature, mainly at the edges and cutouts of the product resulting in cracks. To prevent thermal shock, discoloration or other damages, it is necessary to use insulating pads when putting hot objects on the surface or with prolonged contact with very hot pots. We always recommend using a hot pad or trivet, especially when using cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots, or toaster ovens.

Use of Common Kitchen Implements

Common kitchen implements including sharp knives won’t harm the quartz, as it is made up of pure natural quartz particles. Continued use of kitchen knives on countertops could dull the polished surface. Care should be exercised when moving heavy objects and avoid dropping heavy kitchen tools on the countertops.

Polished and Brushed Finishes

Quartz is a beautiful and durable non-porous surface. Some colors are available in a brushed or matte finish which offers the soft appearance of a lower sheen compared to a polished finish. Brushed finishes may require slightly more maintenance than polished finished materials. Since the brushed finish actually creates more surface area to the material it has the potential to show more signs of living from daily use. Possible marks from metal cookware or utensils; fingerprints, food and beverages, and other items placed on, or moved across the countertop, may be visible on the surface. Most marks can be easily removed with a cloth or sponge; or by using household cleaners such as a cleaning eraser or carefully scrubbing with a sponge and a non-abrasive cleaner. Over time the Brushed finishes will develop character and a patina unique to each customer.

Maintenance of Floors

Dust, grit and barrier materials from the floors should be removed on a daily basis by sweeping with a soft brush and when necessary by use of machine. Sand can scratch the Quartz based tile floors and the surfaces should be always kept free from dust, sand and soil. Quartz surfaces can be easily cleaned with warm water and mild household detergent, using a standard mop. Make sure the floor is completely dry before allowing people to walk on it.

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