You have just had your beautiful, flawless, custom quartz countertop installed. It is elegant, it is sturdy, it is gleaming—you want it to stay that way! Quartz is one of the top choices for kitchen countertops because of its reliability and its beauty. A lot of common kitchen mishaps can wear on your new countertops and eventually damage them, so here are three important tips for making your new quartz countertop last as long as possible.
Keep It Dry
Quartz is known to be far less porous than most natural stone, making it extra resistant to stains and liquids. However, prolonged exposure to liquids can still be damaging to the surface in the long run. Make a habit of cleaning up liquid spills and stains as soon as you can. Coffee, tea, fruit juices and soft drinks are some common examples of corrosive liquids that might erode a quartz surface after long-term exposure. Keeping it dry as often as possible will ensure that it stays clean and elegant for longer!
Avoid Using Chemical Products
Because quartz is less porous, it also has a higher resistance to most chemicals, but there are several with higher concentrations that could damage your countertops. Paint removers, oil soaps, permanent markers, inks, and bleaches can all quickly impact the luster of your countertops. Clean your quartz with gentle chemicals (we would recommend Omni Quartz Clean & Polish Spray), and make sure to clean up any chemical or solvent stains as quickly as you can.
Use Your Cutting Board
If you find yourself tempted to leave the cutting board in the cabinet and use your sturdy countertop instead, think again. While quartz is famous for its durability and scratch-resistance, nothing is 100% scratch-proof. With enough force, or continuous use in one spot, you may still get chips and scratches on your countertop surfaces. If you are cutting fruit or foods containing citric acid, the chemicals in those foods can damage the surface as well. Not to mention—even the cost of replacing your knives after they have been damaged from using them on such a hard surface is not worth it.
For more upkeep, advice or to get a quartz countertop of your own, call Henry Tile today!