Quartz countertops are extremely resilient. It is the low-maintenance that make quartz countertops so appealing.
Routine care and cleaning is very simple, and with basic precautions to prevent stains, dents or scratches, quartz countertops can lend beauty and a sense of permanence to a home for decades.
With the right care, quartz countertops can lend aesthetic appeal to your kitchen, bathroom or office for years. Quartz can be cleaned easily with a mild detergent, water and a soft cloth or paper towel. Abrasive cleansers or harsh scouring pads and cleansers that contain bleach should not be used with quartz. Engineered stone surfaces do not require polishing to keep them shiny and smooth, but they should be cleaned gently to maintain their distinctive shine.
A rounded plastic knife should be used to remove dried foods or liquids on a quartz surface. Dried paint or grease can be gently scraped away with a plastic knife. Avoid using metal knives and utensils directly on the countertop, as metal may scratch the quartz.
To remove grease from your quartz countertops, use a product recommended by your manufacturer. Harsh cleansers should not be used to remove grease or other cooking stains. Gently scrape away hardened grease with a plastic knife before applying cleanser.
While quartz countertops are resistant to scratches, scuffs, dents, stains and burns, these surfaces are not damage-proof. Homeowners must take care to avoid exposing quartz countertops to permanent inks, markers or dyes, as these substances may not be removable. If a countertop is marked by a permanent marker or dye, rinse the area with water as soon as possible, then apply a cleansing product approved by the manufacturer if the stain is still visible. Clean the area again with water after applying the cleanser.
Although quartz is resistant to stains from juice, wine, coffee and other food substances, it is best to wipe up spills immediately to prevent possible stains. When chopping vegetables, slicing bread or preparing other foods with sharp utensils, use a cutting board to prevent scratches.
Turpentine and other paint stripping products may damage or discolor a quartz surface. To be on the safe side, avoid exposing quartz to any strong chemicals or solvents unless your manufacturer recommends them for use in removing stubborn stains or hardened grease. If exposure to a potentially harmful chemical solvent occurs, clean the area with water immediately.
Quartz countertops can be damaged by direct exposure to heat. When cooking, use trivets or heating pads to guard the countertop surface against direct exposure to hot cookware or coffee pots.
Quartz product does not require sealants, and its non-porous surface makes it a durable, sanitary option for kitchens or bathrooms. To ensure that you get the most life from your countertops and that your warranty covers any unexpected damages, follow the manufacturer's instructions for care and quartz countertop maintenance.
To get the maximum use from this investment, choose quartz countertops that are covered by a warranty. A manufacturer's warranty will replace or repair a countertop if it shows evidence of a manufacturer's defect. With a reliable warranty and proper care, quartz is a safe countertop material.
Leading manufacturers provide a 10 to 15 year limited warranty that covers manufacturers defects. Warranties will not cover damages caused by the owner's use of the product unless damage is linked to an error made by the company. Your quartz countertops must be installed by a professional contractor in order to be covered by the warranty, in most cases. Follow the manufacturer's specific recommendations for maintaining your new countertops to get the maximum value from this investment.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE GUIDE Dal-Tile does not manufacture installation products or countertop cleaning/maintenance products. Dal-Tile provides the information on this page to its customers as an information source only. Please contact an installation product manufacturer directly, PRIOR to usage, to obtain proper handling instructions, application instruction and warnings concerning potential health hazards for any product contemplated for use.
To ensure your natural stone products will provide you with a lifetime of beauty and utility, proper maintenance is crucial. Natural stone products are porous by nature and require a different maintenance program than traditional ceramic tile. Dal-Tile also strongly recommends testing a small area PRIOR to usage of any installation/countertop cleaning/maintenance product to determine whether the product serves its intended purpose.
SAFETY PRECAUTION TO CUSTOMERS The products described in this document may have chemicals that cause reactions in certain individuals. Dal-Tile strongly recommends the use of safety glasses, respirators (masks) and gloves in handling any materials that contain chemicals. Dal-Tile recommends the proper disposal of any scrap tile/stone, installation and/or maintenance products discussed herein.
Natural stone has unique qualities that not only distinguish it from man-made materials, but also should be considered in selecting it for a particular project. Stone is not manufactured; it is a product of nature. Blocks are removed from the quarry, slabs are cut from these blocks, and the slabs are further fabricated into the final stone to be installed. Each block is different; each slab is different. Skillful blending or matching of the dimension stone blocks, veneer panels, tops, etc., results in a beautiful blending of nature’s variety and man’s design. “Uniformity of material,” when applied to natural stone, is a term of relative value that needs to be understood when making a selection.