Cleaning Your Countertops
If you're DIY savvy, there are several cheap and easy homemade cleaning techniques you could follow to carefully clean your quartz tiles and other similar surfaces come in contact with it. We have formulated a quick and easy guide on how to properly clean quartz tiles, as well as other rough surfaces. This article also includes a brief description of the quartz cleaner we've discovered that works extremely well on many surfaces.
In order to properly clean the surface of quartz surfaces, the proper cleaner should contain the correct ingredients for the type of stone being cleaned. Cleaning stone veneers is different than cleaning granite. Granite should be properly sealed with a stone sealer prior to application and regular cleaning. Stone veneers are very fragile, and could even scratch if care is not taken to apply the stone sealer correctly. If you accidentally spill the sealant, wipe the spill immediately with a cloth or sponge to avoid staining the veneer.
It is not recommended that you use a normal household bleach and water combination to clean stone countertops. It would probably do more harm to the granite surface than good, as this combination of chemicals could even weaken the granite itself, weakening its structural integrity. Bleach and water solutions tend to dry out granite, leaving it more susceptible to stain damage and etching. Cleaning with a commercial cleaner that contains acid will do more harm to your granite, causing it to loose its polished, natural look. You can try a rock doctor granite cleaner for an extra-light cleaner.
For basic spot removal, you could use a cotton soft sponge dipped into the recommended liquid soap (such as Dove), a clean cloth or a scrub brush. Allow the liquid soap to sit on the affected area for a few minutes before scrubbing it gently with a scrub brush. Be very gentle with the sponge and clean cloth, as any roughness will scratch and damage the stone. After cleaning the area, rinse it with clean water, taking care to pat the surface dry with a clean towel. If necessary, repeat the process. If your sink, countertop, or counter space has a stubborn stain, you may need to repeat this process once more.
Some people prefer to use a specialized quartz cleaner, available at home improvement stores, or from online suppliers. A liquid oxygen bleach is a good cleaner to use on almost all types of quartz surfaces. To apply, spray it on a clean cloth and dampen it with a small amount of water to form a thin, lukewarm lather. Use a toothbrush to apply the cleaner to the surface, being careful to not apply too much. Using a lint-free rag will help you prevent scratching the surface.
You may find that your particular cleaning method does not work well on your specific type of quartz countertop stains. In that case, consider contacting a professional cleaning specialist in your area. Some acidic cleaners, especially those containing citric acid, can cause serious damage to your countertop. Others simply do not dissolve the stain; instead, they leave a sticky residue that can only be cleaned away with a new application.
A better choice for removing stains from your surfaces is to purchase a commercial product that contains both boron and oxygen. These cleaners will not only remove the stain, but they will also restore the luster to your surfaces by preventing the formation of new stains. This is due to the property of oxygen and boron, which can penetrate the porous surfaces of quartz. Boron, a compound derived from petroleum, is used in many paper products because of its disinfecting properties. The oxygen it creates also aids in the removal of grease, oil and food stains.
When shopping for a granite, marble, or quartz surface cleaner, consider the environment in which the product will be used. For example, a cleaner that is meant to be used on glass and ceramic surfaces should be avoided for use on granite or other stones. Instead, opt for a cleaner that is made specifically for use on your countertop surfaces. If possible, contact a professional stone cleaner to recommend a specific cleaner for your granite, marble, or other stone countertop.