Choosing and Caring for your Quartz Counter-tops and Contribute to an Eco-Friendly Environment
Eco-friendly choices in general, have become, not only a buzz-word, but in fact a reality. We see the signs of not caring for our environment becoming apparent on a daily basis. How can we make eco-friendly choices in our homes?
One of the first places where we can make a difference, that comes to mind, is our kitchen. To date, granite and marble have been popular choices, unknowingly that Quartz is the latest eco-friendly option used in both residential and commercial projects as countertops, vanities, wall cladding, floor and other interior surfaces. Quartz combines beauty with outstanding performance, enabling you to bring your design imagination to life.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A COUNTER-TOP:
When choosing a kitchen countertop or other surface in the home, savvy shoppers know there are a few factors to consider:
- Is it stain and scratch resistant?
- Is it durable?
- Are there a wide range of color options to coordinate with your design scheme?
- Is it easy to maintain?
- Can it withstand exposure to lemon juice, tea, wine and other untimely household spills?
TIPS ON HOW TO CLEAN YOUR QUARTS COUNTERTOP LOOKING NEW AT ALL TIMES.
While there are several beautiful surface materials that might fit into your idea, they will most likely require extra care. Who has time for that?
Quartz surfaces offer a luxurious, nonporous, low maintenance option that allows you to prepare dinner, entertain and live your everyday life without the worry that goes into maintaining your countertops
- Take it easy on your surfaces
Because Quartz surfaces are hard, nonporous and stain resistant, it’s not necessary for you to scrub away at cracks and stains. For your daily routine cleaning, simply wipe surface with a damp cloth and warm soapy water, a mild detergent or a quality spray to maintain its luster. Thoroughly dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. For consistent shine, wipe countertops in a broad circular motion.
- Clean with product
- Rinse with damp paper towel, cloth or sponge
- Dry with paper towel
Unlike marble and granite countertops, Quartz surfaces don’t need to be sealed regularly to protect them from stains, mold and mildew.
- Use non-abrasive household cleaners
To remove fingerprints, coffee rings and water marks, give your surface a more thorough clean with a non-abrasive household cleaner, smooth cleansing cream or gentle household bleach. Apply cleaner to damp cloth or sponge, wipe, and dry with paper towel.
If you’re looking to use environmentally-safe cleaners, you can use a combination of 50/50 vinegar and water.
- Get rid of stubborn stains
Spilled oil, vinegar, soy sauce, curry, turmeric powder, red wine, food coloring, makeup, ink, permanent markers and metal marks from keys are not an issue on your Quartz. Gently add a cleanser with oxalic acid to a non-abrasive sponge and wipe. Remember to rinse and wipe dry.
For tougher stains, household alcohol and a soft cloth will work, or try a small amount of household bleach for lighter-colored surfaces.
- Oil: Olive oil, canola oil and even machine oils can be removed with a mild degreaser.
- Dry or sticky substances: Scrape off with plastic putty knife and wipe clean.
- Nail polish: Use a small amount of nail polish remover right away, and clean and dry like normal.
- Blood, candle wax, glue from adhesives, hard water deposits: Apply a mild degreaser on the surface and let sit a few minutes, then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Wipe dry.
- Be smart
Quartz surfaces are extremely strong and durable, but they are not indestructible. Don’t use abrasive sponges on your surfaces, and avoid using the following directly on your surface:
Dangerous chemicals and cleaners: Harsh chemicals and cleaners can irritate the surface and damage the sheen of your countertop. Paint removers or strippers, oven/grill cleaners, toilet cleaners and dishwasher polishing agents are chemicals to avoid.
High heat: Quartz is heat resistant; however, it’s not recommended that you place extremely hot (above 300°F) pots, pans and oven trays directly on the surface; always use a hot pad or trivet. Surfaces can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes.
Sharp objects: While food prep can be done directly on your Quartz surfaces, avoid using sharp objects and knives without a cutting board as a precaution.
Can you clean Quartz with vinegar? If you’re looking to use environmentally-safe cleaners on your Quartz countertops, you can use a combination of 50/50 vinegar and water.
Resources: Caesarstone Quartz. Author: Reneé Engelbrecht