For many homeowners, quartzite is the ideal countertop. It mimics the look and durability of natural stone, but it’s not porous like other natural stones that need regular sealing to protect them from stains.
The finish on your quartzite countertops will not wear off unless you have damaged it with a knife or abrasive cleaning product. To avoid making your countertops look lackluster, follow these care steps to keep your quartzite looking polished to showcase your home’s beautiful interior.
Gently Clean Daily
Allowing a thin layer of dust to form on the surface is the quickest way to make your quartzite look dull. Wiping down your countertops daily will remove crumbs, dust, and debris. Use a gentle detergent or dish soap on the surface and spray water to dilute and spread. Use a soft cloth to brush everything off gently from one end to the other. Take care to remove all the soap, or the film can make your counters look hazy. Make this part of your cleaning routine to ensure your countertops will be sparkling for years.
Have Polish Available
Unlike other natural stones, vinegar is the polishing agent of choice for quartzite. You can make polish at home by using 25 percent vinegar and 75 percent water to sprinkle and wipe your counters as you see fit. Remember to dilute the vinegar and wipe it off thoroughly, as undiluted vinegar is too acidic. It can harm quartzite over time.
Look for a white or apple cider-based vinegar that doesn’t have added fragrances or dyes. Vinegar has stain-busting properties to help restore your countertop’s original colors. If you purchase a polish, it will be a more refined mixture that can yield the same results. In terms of quartzite, most polishers are really stain removers and color enhancers.
Disinfect Your Countertops
While you might think cleaning is enough, it’s not the case if your cleaning agents don’t have antibacterial properties. Especially in high bacteria areas like your bathroom and kitchen where you prepare your food, you should use a particular product for disinfecting needs. If you have opted for vinegar to polish your bathroom quartzite countertops, it also kills bacteria. Spray your disinfecting agent on your clean and dry countertop. Let it sit according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then wipe off the residue. This will ensure your countertops are sanitary and ready for food prep. When you are short on time for your cleaning routine, there are antibacterial wipes that will do the trick in a pinch.
Deep Clean the Right Way
We are all used to using a little elbow grease and vigorous scrubbing to ensure we’ve thoroughly cleaned other areas of the house, but this isn’t the case for your countertops. Allowing your cleaning products to soak and sit on the surface will enable them to break up the stain or hardened dirt on your worktop. It is best to let the cleaner work and avoid harsh scrubbing.
Be quick to clean dirt and stains off before they can harden on the surface. If you allow the build-up to become too stiff for soaking to be effective, you run the risk of scraping your counters when removing it.
If you have scratched your countertops trying to scrape hardened dirt or food off, there are some steps you can take to repair it.
- Clean the scratch and surrounding area. You may miss some damage if you haven’t properly cleaned the site. You need to see how big of a blemish you need to repair.
- There are products specifically for filling deep quartzite scratches. Follow their instructions to fill appropriately, which often includes drying overnight.
- Stiff residues may remain where you used the filler. Carefully remove the excess and quickly polish and clean your counters.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if scratches appear in your kitchen. You can expect some wear and tear. Minor damage to your counters is inevitable in a kitchen with sharp knives and hot pots. Use cutting boards and trivets to minimize the opportunities to hurt your worktops. When damage does occur, try to address it immediately to avoid damage progression or chips which you cannot quickly fix.
Products to Avoid
Quartzite is incredibly durable and stain-resistant, but there are a few products you should avoid to prevent dulling their shine over time:
- Abrasive scrubbers and cleaners
- Bleach and acetone
- Acidic chemicals such as lime-based cleaning products or hydrofluoric acid
- Ammonia, oven cleaners, and degreasers
Fabricators create quartzite from quartz and resign to be stain resistant and durable. It has semi-synthetic qualities while mirroring natural stones’ aesthetic minus the price tag. Luckily, you can solve most of your quartzite problems with some minor cleaning. Follow these easy maintenance tips to maintain their shiny surface. If you think you might like quartzite countertops in your kitchen, talk to a local quartzite supplier to see this beautiful option for yourself.