You have just purchased a brand new, shiny kitchen countertop or bathroom countertop, now it’s time to look after it! Quartz is a fantastic surface stone to go for, and one which has grown in popularity in a huge way.
If you went for black or white as an option, you chose a very popular route! As with any type of quartz however, it’s important to make sure you do a little routine maintenance in the form of cleaning, to ensure you get the most out of your new purchase, as well as adding cost effectiveness and durability to your decision.
Here are a few tips on how to look after your new black or white quartz stone slabs.
- Clean up any spillages immediately. Don’t leave anything to chance in terms of staining; yes, quartz is stain resistant to a degree, and it is non-porous so it won’t allow anything to seep inside, but it’s always a good idea to clean up any spillages straight away, to cut down the chances of anything adverse happening. Obviously, this is a much more hygienic way to look after your countertop anyway!
- Don’t use abrasive cleaning cloths. You won’t stain your new surface easily, but if you use scouring pads or anything too abrasive very often, you run the risk of scratching and damaging your new shiny surface. Stick to soft cloths and buffing sponges to get the best out of your surface for longer.
- Avoid harsh cleaning products. You might think that bleach means you are cleaning effectively, but the fact of the matter is that you are slowly eroding the surface away, therefore cutting down on the life of your new quartz surface. Stick to warm water and soap to clean, making sure you wipe up any spillages immediately. If you do spill anything which could potentially stain, such as red wine or vinegar don’t panic, simply mop it up straight away and you shouldn’t have any problems.
- Make sure your quartz worktop is sealed properly at the time of installation. The great thing about quartz is that you don’t need to regularly seal it, because once it is done, you don’t have to repeat the process. Now, it’s important to make sure you go for professional installation, ensuring that the sealing process is done at the time of your surface being installed into your kitchen or bathroom. This means that liquids and bacteria won’t be able to absorb into the surface and cause issues.
- Avoid putting hot pans or styling tools on your surface without protection. Yes, quartz is heat resistant, but nothing is 100% effective, so don’t leave it to chance. Simply buy some attractive heat resistant space savers to go with your shiny new kitchen or bathroom, and use them for hot pans or anything which emits heat. This will cut down on the chance of damage, which will only get worse over time.
These few points might seem like common sense, but it’s important to keep all of this in mind when you are looking after your new surface. Quartz is one of the most cost effective options to go for, but it still costs money, and therefore you want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible, without unfortunately accidents meaning you need to replace it sooner.