Looking after your new quartz worktops is easy if you know how! From grease to limescale, or food stains to wine – there are ways to treat each stain to make sure you get longevity out of your quartz and avoid a costly repair or replacement.
Quartz has low porosity and is known to be highly resistant to most household stains. But not all quartz is made equally so make sure you read our guide for choosing the best quality quartz to give you peace of mind that your worktop will last.
Routine cleaning & maintenance
For daily upkeep, the best thing to use is water and plain soap. Always rinse your worktop with water after cleaning, and dry with kitchen roll or a clean towel.
When faced with a stubborn stain, the best way to clean them depends on the type – here are the best ways to fix the most common household stains:
- Food – neutral soap & water with a wet dish cloth
- Ink – ethanol (do not pour directly onto the stain) with kitchen roll
- Grease – neutral soap & water with a wet sponge
- Limescale – white vinegar with a wet sponge
- Wine – diluted bleach with a wet sponge
You must always rinse the surface after using any chemicals (e.g. bleach) to avoid damage.
Never put hot pots, pans, utensils or trays onto your quartz worktops as these can cause it to crack due to the sharp temperature change. Instead use a rubber table mat or a purpose made trivet until they have cooled down.
Dos & don’ts
- Don’t leave water on the surface for long periods and always check around sink areas for standing water.
- Always use a chopping board when cutting items on your worktop to avoid scratches.
- Don’t expose it to UV light (i.e. sunlight) as this can discolour the material. For this reason, quartz on a window sills is not usually covered under manufacturer warranties because it may discolour over time.
- Don’t place any items that give off heat onto your worktop including hot pans or kettles – always use a trivet or rubber table mat.
- Do not polish the surface or use sealants, polishes or water-repellents.
- Do not place heavy objects onto the worktop.
- Do not use any scouring pads that could scratch the worktop – use a normal cleaning sponge or microfibre cloth instead.
- Do not use or place these products on your worktop as this may invalidate your warranty:
- Paint strippers
- Grease removers
- Oven cleaner
- Caustic soda
- Chlorine-based products
- Plughole unblocking products
- Anything with a pH greater than 10
Need some help?
If you happen to damage or stain your worktops and are unsure what to do, we’re happy to help. Simply give the team a call on 01430 410109 to see if we can help!