Transforming your kitchen with brand new quartz worktops is a big investment in your house and in your lifestyle. It’s not something you do every day, so you want your worktops to last as long as possible.
Thankfully, if you take care of your new worktops they should last for many years to come.
Quartz is an unbelievably resilient material that can easily last decades. But, as with all materials, if you mistreat it, it won’t last as long as you’d like.
That’s why we decided to create this blog — to give you all the information you need to care for your quartz worktops, keeping them looking good as new both now, and long into the future.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
The first thing you need to check is that your surface has been properly sealed. If you got your worktop from us, then you’ll know already that we always seal out worktops with Dry-Treat sealant — a world-leading permanent impregnating sealer and stain protector.
If your worktop hasn’t been sealed, get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you get it sorted.
You don’t need to spend much time, but it’s important to take a few minutes each day to give a little care to your worktops.
Use warm water with just a drop of surface cleaner (antibacterial if you like) to ensure that your worktops are clean. And don’t forget to rinse them afterwards and keep them dry with a soft cloth.
Make sure you quickly clean up any spillages, whether it’s food or drink. This’ll help you to avoid staining and means that you won’t have to deep clean quite as often.
Occasionally (particularly if you don’t clean daily) you could end up with a tough-to-clean layer of grease and grime on your worktops, that won’t come off with the method mentioned above.
If this happens, you’ll simply need to use a slightly stronger cleaner. You can mix together your own quartz cleaning solution by mixing together isopropyl alcohol and dish detergent. Mix together a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol into a spray bottle. Spray onto the stone surface and allow to sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with water and wipe down with a clean microfibre cloth. This will remove excess soapy water and periodically disinfect your quartz worktops, restoring their natural shine.
You can find more info on cleaning quartz worktops in our previous blog post on the topic.
Cleaning dos and don’ts
- Clean spills immediately
- Clean daily
- Use soft cloths or sponges
- Use glass cleaner, bleach or other household cleaners
- Use anything acidic to clean, such as vinegar or citrus
- Use bathroom, tile or grout cleaners
- Use anything abrasive to clean with — no scourers!
Apart from cleaning, there are other things you can do to make sure your quartz worktops last as long as possible. An important thing to remember is that although quartz is an extremely hard and durable material, it does need to be treated with a little care and consideration.
Here’s a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to caring for your worktops:
Care dos and don’ts
- Always use cutting boards for food preparation
- Use coasters for glasses and cups
- Use heat pads or stands for pots and pans, even cold ones
- Cut or chop directly onto your work surface
- Sit or stand on your worktops
- Don’t store anything that might spill something nasty directly on your worktop
Enjoy your kitchen
Although this sounds like a lot, in reality, it takes very little work (and just a bit of care and attention) to keep your quartz worktop in great condition.
As we mentioned earlier, quartz is a fantastically resilient and hardwearing material — so following the advice in this blog, you can expect it to last you a lifetime.
Interested to find out more about how to clean other worktop materials? We have blog posts about that too! Take a look at our guide on how to clean granite kitchen worktops.