Quartz countertops are precious to the owners, but more often than not, they make some unforgivable mistakes while they do their quartz countertop cleaning, among other things. These quartz pieces are pricey, so damaging them while trying to clean isn’t a healthy mistake.
If you don’t want to spend money on repairs, then you need to avoid making these mistakes. We went over some of them and pointed out how you can avoid making such mistakes.
Quartz Countertop Cleaning: 10 Common Mistakes
- Quartz Countertop Cleaning: 10 Common Mistakes
- 1. Using Wrong Quartz Cleaner
- 2. Using Wrong Scrubbing Pads
- 3. Using Sharp Tools to Clean
- 4. Sealing the Quartz Surface
- 5. Letting Mess Build Up
- 6. Not Using Cutting Board on the Countertop
- 7. Using Concentrated Bleach
- 8. Using a High pH Solution
- 9. Using Solvents and Chemicals
- 10. Using Heat to Get Tough Build-Ups Off
- Final Words
Some certain products and tools are forbidden to get near to quartz countertops. If you want to avoid these, you need to know what not to use on quartz countertops. Keep these points below in your mind.
1. Using Wrong Quartz Cleaner
First things first, never use any cleaning product that is not recommended by your respective countertop provider. Using any general cleaner that has components in it that can destroy the structure of your quartz surface is forbidden.
Quartz countertops are not sealed, so wrong cleaning solutions will get into the surface and break it down. It’ll become dull looking.
Usually, owners tend to use whatever cleaning product they can find around them. And as a result, the countertop loses its shine and beauty. Use the recommended stone-safe quartz cleaners to maintain the pristine condition of your quartz countertop. Even soap-water will work.
2. Using Wrong Scrubbing Pads
Don’t damage the precious surface of your quartz countertop by using harsh and rough scrubbing pads. It puts scratch marks on the surface and dulls the detailed design of it. Use scouring pads instead of abrasive scrubbing pads.
And of course, remember to use a microfiber cloth if you need to remove stains that have set on the surface. Soft brushes of nylon are a good option too.
This way, you can ensure that your countertop’s beauty stays for a long time.
3. Using Sharp Tools to Clean
Don’t use any sharp objects or tools to remove any grime, grease, or plaques that have built upon the surface. Once you have put marks on the surface, there’s no going back. Paints getting scraped off is also a possibility.
Plastic knives or scrapers are a good alternative, although these alone can’t get those nasty greases off without some kind of solution.
4. Sealing the Quartz Surface
Sometimes owners want to use a quartz sealer on their quartz countertop surface for a more polished look, which is completely unnecessary. Since the manufacturers already put on enough polish that will last a lifetime, it’s a waste to do so. And it makes cleaning the surface harder.
All you need to do is clean the countertop regularly. Quartz countertops are pricey, so make sure you get a lifetime service from it.
5. Letting Mess Build Up
One mistake that is seen frequently is that owners experience a build-up of grime, grease, and other dirt. These are nothing but laziness from the owners’ part. If you want your cleaning process to be simple, then from the get-go, you need to keep cleaning the surface.
When you let the mess build-up, you have to use a strong and harsh solution that damages the beauty of the quartz’s surface.
6. Not Using Cutting Board on the Countertop
Although this is not related to cleaning, this is vital because no matter what you use to clean, you cannot get rid of any scratch marks, etches, etc. Quartz is scratch resistant but not scratch-proof.
Not using cutting boards means you’re putting the quartz surface at risk every time you cut or chop your food on a bare countertop. This is to ensure long-lasting service.
7. Using Concentrated Bleach
Keep any concentrated bleach away from your quartz countertop. Even those cleaning solutions containing bleach should be avoided. A high concentration bleach solution will damage the surface and the pattern on it. Bleach can create annoying stains that will need extra care.
If you want to use bleach for some reason, then you should use a diluted bleach solution.
8. Using a High pH Solution
If you look at the market, you’ll find that all of the cleaning solutions for cleaning quartz countertop are kept at a neutral pH level. The reason is high pH level is acidic, and acid doesn’t go too well with stones. It will certainly damage the surface and the chemical components embedded within the quartz.
If you want to remove mineral deposits, then use a solution with a slightly higher pH level and apply it to the deposits you want to remove. Don’t use it on the surface directly.
9. Using Solvents and Chemicals
If you spill cosmetics or any other spill, don’t use solvents to clean it up. You might want to use your nail polish remover or paint remover to do it, but don’t! It’ll only degrade your beautiful countertop. Be patient, and use appropriate cleaners and wait for it to break down the spill.
10. Using Heat to Get Tough Build-Ups Off
There might be situations where you’ll experience some hard build-up that is stubborn and doesn’t come off easily. You might think that heat will help you melt or loosen it up a bit so that you can clean it easily. No, that’s disastrous.
It’ll destroy the glow of your countertop, and the surface might become discolored! You don’t want to destroy such a costly piece.
Before you go, remember to keep that warranty card and user manual safe that you got with your precious countertop. The manual is all you need to take care of your quartz accessories.
It has all the instructions on quartz countertop cleaning. And if any mishap happens, the warranty card will ensure you don’t spend any extra money. Let us tell you that it’s a life-saver for many.
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