There is no doubt that quartz countertops in Atlanta are beautiful works of art and make for the perfect center pieces in any home. Unlike natural stone countertops, these countertops are engineered from crushed quartz stone and resin to specifically meet the needs of everyday life. They are durable, hygienic, and relatively easy to maintain. However, proper care is still important in order to keep quartz countertops in perfect condition for a long time.
Always Use Non-Abrasive Cleaning Cloth
Use a piece of soft cloth or sponge and detergent to clean loose stains. Dry with a clean, white cloth. Avoid scrubbing with steel wool and other abrasive cleaning pads and using strong base or acid cleaners (such as bleach), paint solvents, turpentine, nail polish removers or oven cleaners. Tougher stains need to be soaked in glass cleaner, mild washing detergent or a vinegar/water dilution for about 10 minutes before being rinsed with warm water. Avoid scrubbing with steel wool and other abrasive cleaning pads and using strong base or acid cleaners (such as bleach), paint solvents, turpentine, nail polish removers or oven cleaners.
Use a Plastic Putty Knife When Scraping Away Gum, Oil, or Paint
Do not use hard metal tools to perform any abrasive action. Use a stiff but soft object, such as plastic card or a flat wooden, to remove as much sticky or greasy mess as possible before proceeding with the usual warm water, mild detergent, and soft cloth wipe. Do not use too much force, regardless, as the polymer resin might get damaged.
Wipe and Clean Liquid Spills Immediately
This is especially important if the spill contains acids or bases. While highly resistant to the effects of corrosive chemicals, leaving spills (e.g. fruit juice, vinegar, sauces) on for long periods of time may etch the surface. While stains will not seep deep into quartz, they can still be more difficult to clean if left to dry. Use a soft cloth and mild detergent to clean the mess. Glass cleaners also work well – never use abrasive cleaning methods, no matter how tempting it is to just “use whatever is available” and brute force a solution in.
Use Trivets and Pads
Although Atlanta’s quartz countertops are very heat resistant, the resin is not. Placing hot objects (skillets, grills, pots, pans, etc.) directly on its surface is likely to damage it. Also, sudden high changes in temperature can also cause stone to crack through thermal shock. Fortunately, any burn marks can be fixed by sanding down the surface evenly using specialized tools.
Want to know more about the benefits of installing quartz countertops in Atlanta? Contact us today at Art Stone Granite & Marble. We are more than willing to help you provide more details and a free design estimate. Call us now!