Quartz countertops are durable, attractive and can be easily customized to your kitchen. Quartz countertops are made from natural crushed quartz, combined with a hardening resin and other ingredients. Since quartz is one of the hardest minerals on the planet, they are among the most durable and toughest countertop materials. Even so, they are not indestructible. Knowing how to care for your countertop can help you protect it from damage and keep it looking its best for many years to come.

Protect it From Extreme Heat

Quartz is heat resistant, but only to a point. Different companies will guarantee heat resistance to a certain temperature. To protect your quartz countertop from scorching and cracking, be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions upon installation. When putting a hot pad on your quartz countertop, be sure to use a hot pad or a trivet to protect the surface.

Clean Your Quartz Countertop Regularly

Quartz is stain resistant but not impervious, so spills from red wine, soda, lemon juice, berry juice and other acidic or dark colored liquids should be wiped up right away. This helps you prevent stains and makes maintaining your countertops easier.

Use a dry clean rag to wipe up new wet spills. If the spills are allowed to dry, dampen the rag to clean up the mess. For tough spills, use a plastic scrubber to clean off the counter. Although quartz countertops are scratch resistant, you should avoid using abrasive scrubbers like steel wool.

Avoid getting grease, oil, wax polish, bleach and oven cleaner on your countertop. If you do get any of these materials on your counter, clean it up right away.  

If your countertops are exposed to a substance that sticks to the surface of the quartz when dry, like a puddle of dried jello, use a plastic putty knife or plastic scraper to scrape the surface of the countertop until the substance comes free. Don't use metal to scrape at the countertops.

Scrape Away Hard Water Stains

To eliminate hard water stains, use a razor blade shallowly angled toward the counter to gently scrape away mineral deposits. If the hard water stains persist, mix together a paste of baking soda and vinegar and use it to wipe down your counters. Scrub at the stains with a plastic scrub brush, then wipe away the paste with a damp rag. To avoid hard water stains in the future, use distilled water to clean the countertop instead of tap water.

Use a Cutting Board

Quartz will scratch if hit hard enough or cut deeply with a sharp knife. Always use a cutting board when slicing up foods and vegetables on your countertop.

Know Who To Turn To with Questions

If you have questions about maintaining your quartz countertop, talk to the contractor who installed it or the company where you purchased the countertop. Speak with an expert to find out the best ways to keep your countertop looking its best for many years to come.