How to clean a quartz worktop
Monday, 28th July 2014, Jane Gibson
When it comes to desirable kitchen features, a quartz worktop ranks pretty highly. Together with soft closure cupboards - maybe a five ring Neff hob and an in-built wine chiller too - a quartz worktop is one of those items that home-owners covet and when they finally have their own, they want to look after and cherish it.
Quartz, while a hard-wearing stone, can be prone to staining but if cleaned the right way, this shouldn't be a problem. "Hang on," you say, "there's a wrong way to clean?" Yes, when it comes to quartz, there is. With its highly-polished sheen, there is a danger that the surface can be scratched. Other people complain that they can't recover the quartz's natural lustre as they've used the wrong products.
Never fear, here are a few tips on cleaning a quartz worktop:
Your quartz worktop is one of the most maintenance-free worktops on the market but it still makes sense to look after your investment by employing some regular cleaning. Whenever a spill occurs, it's crucial that it is cleaned up straight away. The longer a substance is left on the quartz, the more damage it could potentially do, so wipe the surface quickly. Similarly, keep it dust and crumb-free so that when you do wipe the surfaces, a nasty, abrasive toast crumb doesn't scratch it. Sounds stupid, but it happens.
Use the right product
Never, ever use strong chemical products (caustic soda, hydrochloric acid and paint stripper) on your quartz surfaces. This extends to bleach, which, if left on the surface for a few hours, can affect the sealant which protects the surface. Many people swear by simply using water; we at County Stone recommend HANAFIMM Rejuvenata TM, which adds sealant while cleaning and Oxy-KlenzaTM that is great for stubborn marks. To remove a specific stain, check with your worktop manufacturer, as they'll be best placed to advise on the right product.
The right cloth
It's unlikely you would grab a metal scouring pad and start scraping away those marks, but you must make sure that the cloth you do reach for is not in any way abrasive, as it could permanently mark the surface of the quartz. A microfibre cloth is recommended over a plain dishcloth; use a wet one for cleaning and a second to buff dry. The microfibre cloths are absorbent and won't leave water marks. Better still are the specially-designed glass / polishing e-cloths, which are meant for high-shine surfaces. These don't necessitate any product at all.
You've probably waited a long time to buy your quartz kitchen worktops. Look after them the right way and you'll be able to enjoy them for many years to come.