Maintaining quartz countertops is quite easy
Engineered or Quartz Countertop is a manufactured product and can be very attractive. The manufacturing process allows for a much wider range of colors than you’ll find in natural stones such as marble or granite. The appearance of the finished engineered stone is rich, even luxurious. The finish has a depth that can’t be produced with solid surface materials such as Corian.
Having engineered countertops will give you the same durability as concrete and granite, but is quite a bit more forgiving, so it won’t chip or crack as easily. It doesn’t have the same hardness in the feel that some people find unpleasant.
Like other hard surface materials, engineered countertops are non-porous so they resist staining much better than granite, marble and concrete. They stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen. For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses. You can always be confident that it is quite easy to care for engineered countertops, and that’s a great benefit in both the kitchen and the bathroom.
Below, let us look at some of the simplest and most effective methods to help you care for engineered countertops.
Clean your countertops routinely
Wipe down with a soft rag and mild detergent. Clean the counter with soap and warm water daily, if possible. If you have honed surfaces, wipe them down more frequently, as needed. Honed surfaces tend to make common signs of use, such as fingerprints, more visible
Scrape away dried gunk. Use a blunt, plastic scraper such as a putty knife. Scrape gently to remove hardened spills or buildup such as gum, grease, nail polish or paint.
It’s a good idea to keep a plastic putty knife in a nearby drawer for quick access, so that you can use it when you notice dried spills on your engineered countertops.
Do not Throw Away the Warranty Certificate of your engineered countertops
Every engineered construction material will always come with a manufacturer’s warranty, which you should review and keep around for the entire term of coverage. Keep in mind quartz slabs are amalgams that can sometimes break away under rare circumstances. The warranty certificate will specify some recommendations on how to care for engineered countertops, and following them will ensure a long life for your investment.
Protect your countertops
There are a number of ways to care for engineered countertops by protecting them from unwanted blemishes. For starters, protect the surface from extreme temperature swings. Always put down pot warmers or stands for hot pots and pans, and use coasters for coffee and cold drinks, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus. Quartz for Kitchen Countertops is fine in temperatures over 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but it does not handle abrupt temperature swings very well.
Don’t Cut On your engineered countertops
You should avoid cutting directly on the engineered surface. Use a cutting board instead as this will protect the surface from becoming chipped or damaged. Quartz can handle a lot of abuse, but it is possible to scratch it with a sharp knife or any other cutting tool.
There are special cleaners for engineered countertops
Despite the non-porous surface of a quartz countertop, some messes are too big for your everyday cleaning routine. The best cleaner for these messes is still a mild liquid dish soap. Never use harsh chemicals, as these may react with the resins and etch the surface.
Also, avoid using anything abrasive, such as scrubbing cleansers. For a stubborn caked-on, dried mess, it’s safe to let it soak beneath a damp towel until the dirt loosens. You can also ask your fabricator to recommend some special quartz countertops cleaners and more ideas on how to care for engineered countertops.
Design considerations for engineered countertops
Although quartz countertops come in a wide array of colors, even a white quartz countertop can provide variety in texture. There are some Quartz Countertops that are finer or coarser depending on the design. The finer end of the spectrum will lend a smoother, more uniform finish. The coarser end of the spectrum will add more variety to the texture of the finish
Most countertops fabricators & installers carry designs that are made to mimic marble countertops. Most of them are white quartz slabs with streaks and veins of black and grey. These designs provide a great alternative to marble; they still have the beautiful look of marble with all of the durability and the easy tips to care for engineered countertops.
Artstone Atlanta supplies a fine line of engineered countertops from the most recognized brands. Reach out to us today for the best selection of Atlanta Countertops.