Everyday Cleaning Habits
Chances are you probably already have a kitchen cleaning routine that includes your countertops. At the end of the day, as your cleaning up after dinner, wipe down your countertops with soap, warm water, and a non-abrasive sponge. Use a plastic scraper or putty knife to scrape off stuck-on particles. Always check the labels on your cleaning agents and make sure they don’t contain bleach. Bleach-free disinfectant wipes are also a good alternative for daily cleaning, and they’ll help reduce the spread of germs and bacteria. Cleaners like Goo Gone are great for removing sticky messes like caramel or stickers.
Removing Tough Stains
For the most part, quartz is naturally resistant to stains because of the resins used to create these unique surfaces. However, dark fruits and wine spills can stain quartz and ruin your finish. Rubbing alcohol and glass cleaners are good for removing permanent marker, dye, or wine stains. Apply the cleaner to the area and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off with a damp rag or sponge. Repeat as needed until the stain is removed. After removing the stain, wipe the surface again with soap and water to remove any leftover cleaning agents. To prevent stains in the future, use cutting boards and clean up spills as quickly as possible.
Preventing Surface Damage
Quartz is very durable which is why it’s a good choice for busy families who spend a lot of time in the kitchen. However, using a knife or other utensils on a quartz countertop can scratch the surface and ruin your kitchen implements. Quartz is also heat-resistant up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. You can set a hot pot on the surface in a pinch, but it’s always a good idea to use a trivet. On a cold day, setting a hot pot on quartz can result in thermal shock and cause the stone to crack. By taking preventive measures, your Duluth quartz countertops will last a lifetime.