Quartz is non-porous and resists staining. Routine cleaning should be done with warm water and a sponge or dish towel. This also helps prevent buildup of mineral deposits from “hard water”
Using a little dishwashing liquid, a microfiber cloth, or a textured sponge that’s suitable for non-stick cookware can help remove spills or splashes.
For best results wipe, don’t scrub, rinse with clear water, and buff dry so the finish looks its best. Splashes, spills, and watermarks can also be cleaned with household cleaning products such as:
- Formula 409 Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Formula 409 Natural Stone & Steel Cleaner
- Greased Lightning
- Simple Green
- Windex Disinfectant Cleaner Multi-Surface
Always read and follow the manufacturer’s labeled instructions. Do not use abrasive cleaners like Ajax® or Comet®, or a scrub pad that’s not suitable for non-stick cookware.
- Use a trivet or hot pad under hot cookware and any heat-generating appliance such as slow cookers and toaster ovens
- Use a cutting board. Cutting or chopping directly on the quartz surface will dull the knife and may scratch the surface finish.
- Be careful with earthenware and ceramics because rough edges may harm the quartz finish.
- Bleach and products containing bleach should not be used. However for some persistent stains (dried red wine, inks, etc.) it may be appropriate. If so, it should be diluted, used sparingly and for less than three minutes. Then immediately rinse the area and buffed dry
- Be careful not to let harsh chemicals such as oven cleaner and drain cleaner come in contact with any quartz surface. Contact can result in permanent damage that cannot be remedied.
- Nail polish can be removed with nail polish remover (acetone), but it’s important to limit the area of contact and immediately rinse the surface and buff dry.
A granite countertop is a popular choice for home kitchens. This is partly due to its natural beauty and high durability when its properly maintained. Unlike polished granite which has an attractive shine, honed granite has a soft, matte-like appearance. This is because the stone isn’t polished to the same extent. It isn’t difficult to maintain a honed granite counter, but it easily develops stains if proper care isn’t given. Some guidelines on maintenance are outlined below, so you can keep your countertop in good shape longer.
Step 1 – Clean Daily
Wipe your countertop daily with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt and loose materials. This is especially recommended after you’re done with preparation of meals. For food that has dried on the countertop, use a spoon to carefully scrape it away and follow up with a damp cloth. Granite is an extremely hard stone and doesn’t scratch easily. Wipe the counter with a soft cloth to absorb moisture and prevent water spots as it dries.
Step 2 – Scrub Dirt Once a Week
You may want to wash your countertop with water and soap once a week, although it is best to use a natural stone cleanser and a soft-bristled brush to clear away stubborn dirt. Rinse the counter with warm water and then wipe dry when you’re done.
Step 3 – Remove Stains
A poultice comes in handy when you have to clear stains from granite. Spread the paste onto the stain and cover with a plastic wrap secured with masking tape. Allow the poultice to draw the stain out overnight before removing it with a plastic putty knife. Rinse the counter with warm water and wipe dry. In order to prevent stains, use a damp cloth to wipe acidic spills as soon as they occur, as this helps to prevent infiltration of the liquid into the granite.
Step 4 – Seal Periodically
Western Artisan uses STONETECH® Heavy Duty Sealer for honed material. Use a soft cloth to apply the sealer onto the countertop in long, smooth strokes. To facilitate proper absorption, it is best to spread a light coat of sealant instead of a thicker one. Allow sufficient time for the countertop to dry before applying a second coat. Due to the porous nature of honed granite, it is best to apply a sealer every six months. This helps to guard against stains, and it extends the longevity of your countertop.
Step 5 – Avoid Abrasives
Although granite is extremely hard and doesn’t scratch easily, be careful to avoid abrasive cleaners. Steel wool and stiff-bristled brushes aren’t a good idea. With frequent use, these can leave your countertop with a scuffed appearance. Acidic cleaners, bleaches, and alkalis can cause your granite to etch, which shortens its durability, so avoid these as well.
With proper care, your honed granite countertop will last ages and look great in the meantime, so do yourself a favor and clean it correctly.