If you are the proud owner of a quartz worktop, then surely you understand why so many people are envious – after all, the quartz worktop is not only a thing of beauty and elegance, but also of practical application and a great investment. Most any kitchen or bathroom is sure to benefit from the surfaces only quartz worktops have to offer.
However, a little bit of regular care is required in order to make sure that the quartz worktop stays as clean and as shiny as on the day it was first installed. This upkeep is not hard – but it is important and should be performed on a regular basis. Do you have a quartz worktop? Then this one’s for you. Here are some top tips on keeping a quartz worktop clean and beautiful.
What is quartz?
Quartz is a manufactured material – it consists of about 93% natural stone (quartz, a mineral found abundantly in nature) and a binding agent that keeps the natural stone together (usually about 7% resin). This unique construction makes it ideal for worktop surfaces. Not only is quartz very strong, it is also non-porous (meaning, water does not seep into it), beautiful (rivaling the elegance of other natural materials such as granite) and uniquely practical when it comes to installation as it can be manufactured to specific requirements.
Stains and abrasive products
Quartz is non-porous, so the spilling of any liquid upon it should be fine – generally speaking. The material will not absorb it and so no harm is done. However, you should still be careful with corrosive materials (such as harsh cleaning products) and should wipe up any spill immediately, especially if the liquid that was spilled is of an acidic or alkaline nature (think of lemon juice, vinegar, wine, and so on). In general, quartz is much better than other materials, but it’s still better to use precaution.
Quartz is not heat-proof, so avoid placing hot objects on the surface.
Whilst quartz is a very hard material (you need diamonds to cut it), it’s still recommended to use a cutting board, as quartz worktops London specialists from J.R. Stone attest. Scratches are rare – but it’s better to be careful.
One last hint: stains are unavoidable and it does happen sometimes that a certain material or product dries on the surface and may seem difficult to remove. If there are hardened materials, such as gum, nail polish, paint, or grease that seems to stick to the worktop, remove it gently with a non-corrosive cleaning material and a blunt scraper. A household cleaner made of part water and part vinegar works well too. Never force it; be gentle so your worktop can shine for a long, long time to come.
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