HOW TO KEEP YOUR QUARTZ WORKTOPS IN PRISTINE CONDITION
Installing a Quartz worktop in your kitchen is a fantastic way to add style and sophistication into the heart of your home. However, to keep your Quartz investment in its original condition, you’ll need to follow a few simple maintenance guidelines:
Day-to-day use of your quartz countertop requires a little consideration if you want to ensure your kitchen surfaces look at their best. Quartz is very scratch resistant, but try not to do any chopping or cutting straight onto your quartz slabs. Knives can cause your worktops to become dull and scratched over time and it won’t do your utensils any good either! After preparing food on your quartz surfaces wipe with a wet cloth straight after use.
If you’re carrying out any work or DIY around your quartz worktops be cautious not to knock or hit them, as they may get chipped – using your worktops edges as a bottle opener is not recommended. In many cases worktop edges will be repairable, although this will be an unwanted and unnecessary cost.
Damage can also occur when your worktops are subjected to hot pans. Although quartz is more heat resistant than granite, avoid putting any hot saucepans or trays on quartz. Use protectors or trivets instead. Quartz struggles in particular with rapid temperature changes. Place mats and trivets under cooking appliances like roaster ovens and fryers too.
Lastly, ensure that no one stands or kneels on your quartz surfaces. Not only can shoes scratch the surface, pressure put on certain areas can lead to cracks in cut-outs.
Quartz is much more hard wearing than granite and is completely non-porous which means it is not susceptible to ‘etching’ stains however strong acidic or alkali substance can in certain circumstances damage the tops. To avoid damage to your worktops you must ensure that any spillages are cleaned up immediately. Spillages such as orange juice, blackcurrent, cordials, cola, wine, etc left for even a few minutes may cause staining (etching) on the worktop surfaces.
Both acidic and alkaline substances can cause permanent damage and should be completely avoided on the surface of your quartz.
Pay particular attention to substances such as: oil, bleach, red wine, citrus fruit juice, cola, berries, beetroot, saffron, blackcurrant and vinegar which will cause etching. This is not an exhaustive list so:
ALWAYS CLEAN UP ANY SPILLAGES IMMEDIATELY
Keep the quartz in your kitchen shining, by using a natural approach to cleaning with a gentle soap and warm water. You can then buff the surface with a dry cloth. Don’t clean quartz with abrasive bleach, silicone or ammonia based products. Plus, make sure products containing Trichlorethane or Methylene chloride (like paint strippers) are not put anywhere Quartz.
It may be tempting to clean off food with coarse sponges or scouring pads, but this can be harmful. When you can’t get rid of a difficult stain, always seek the advice of an expert who can help you clean your worktop without causing irreversible damage.
AVOIDING ABRASIVE SUBSTANCES
We’ve already mentioned the need to avoid abrasive cleaning products, but there are natural food products which can also damage your quartz worktop if left over time. Clean any spillages up straight away as to avoid permanent marks that can be caused.