Quartz countertops are a stunning addition to any home. Compared to other natural stone surfaces, engineered quartz is actually very low maintenance. It is harder, more durable and requires less maintenance than marble or granite. Unlike granite or marble, quartz never needs to be sealed. You can keep quartz countertops shining with the right techniques and products.
You'll want to clean your quartz daily for a brilliant shine. Fill a spray bottle with plain water. Squirt a couple drops of mild soap, such as dish detergent, on the counter. Spritz water on the countertop to dilute the soap. Then, you can use a soft cloth to wipe the counter. It's helpful to start at one end of the countertop and move to the other, spraying and wiping a few feet at a time.
Add Some Polish
An environmentally friendly way to polish your quartz is to make a vinegar and water solution. Add 25 percent vinegar to 75 percent water and mix in a spray bottle, or purchase a vinegar-based spray cleaner. Spray and polish as you work your way across the counter. For extra dazzle, give the countertops a final polish with a little bit of spray and a microfiber cloth.
Eliminate sticky substances from your quartz counters by soaking with the vinegar and water spray and allowing it to stand. Spray the cleaner and allow it to pool in the sticky areas and let stand for a few minutes before wiping with a paper towel. If your homemade vinegar and water spray is not up for the job, try using a mild multi-surface spray, like Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar or Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Countertop Spray.
If you find something stuck to your countertop that you can't get off with cleaner, you can use a putty knife to scrape it off by hand. It's a good idea to keep a putty knife in your kitchen for easy access for this reason.
It's also important to always disinfect your quartz countertops after they come into contact with raw meats, seafood, poultry or fish. First use paper towels to wipe up residual moisture and debris. Then using a clean paper towel, spray the counter with a multi-surface antibacterial spray cleaner and allow it to stand for a few seconds. Work across the countertop spraying and wiping from end to end until you finish. Bleach-free disinfecting wipes are another great option.
In her career, Maryann Kay has transitioned from advertising writer to corporate financial/consumer vice president on billion-dollar businesses. Along the way, she mastered entrepreneurship consulting, wine importing/travel and real estate businesses. A frequent speaker, writer and financial, travel and home care blogger, Kay's writing has appeared in national publications such as the "New York Times," "Wall Street Journal" and "Advertising Age."