Natural quartz is a very strong, resilient material making it perfect for countertops and flooring in homes and businesses. Quartz is an excellent surface for kitchen countertops, bathrooms and floors as it is extremely resistant to stains that are typically long-lasting such as those from wine, fruit juice, food coloring, nail polish remover, tea and felt-tip markers. Because it is so strong, quartz is a non-porous material that does not need to be sealed to prevent stains unlike other stones.
Caring and maintaining for quartz is very simple with a mild household cleaner such as 409®, Fantastik®, Lysol®, or Windex®. Using mild soap and water on a regular basis also helps in cleaning and maintaining the surface. For more difficult spills and stains, soak the area for up to 10 minutes with a mild household cleaner (as listed above) and scrub the stain away with a non scratch pad, such as Scotch Brite®. Polished quartz surfaces are usually cleaned well with the mild version while honed quartz surfaces may require daily cleaning with a stronger product such as SoftScrub®.
While quartz is strong and resilient, there are still elements that can damage the surface. Follow these precautions with your quartz surfaces to ensure they last as long as possible:
- Use trivets when placing hot items on the counter. While quartz can withstand heat, periods of prolonged heat, such as a hot pot, can cause cracks and other damage. We recommend using a padded pot holder or a trivet to protect the surface.
- Keep harsh chemicals away from the surface. Products and chemicals such as Drano, Liquid Plummer, floor cleaners, strippers, etc. can cause damage to the surface.
- Continue to use a cutting board. While quartz is strong and resilient, it is still prone to scratches and can dull your knives if they come into contact with each other.
- Sunlight can also affect quartz and therefore, it is recommended to not use quartz outdoors or anywhere with UV lighting.