There is a common misconception that quartz countertops are a great investment because they don’t stain. In short, this is not completely true. Although quartz countertops always seem to look stunning, they are only stain-resistant, not actually stain-proof. You don’t need to worry though, as there are ways that you can prevent this, keeping them looking as good as new.
Don’t pay extra for quartz countertops that claim to be stain-proof
There is no way for any type of quartz to be totally stain-proof. Paying extra for what appears to be better-quality quartz is probably exactly the same material as cheaper alternatives that don’t brand themselves as stain-proof.
Quartz countertops are still capable of chemical staining
Quartz countertops are not 100% quartz, they are often also comprised of resin and pigments, often mixed with petroleum. It is these specific elements that can be stained, not necessarily the pure quartz. The resins can react with certain chemicals, to create discoloration and the appearance of staining.
If you want to ensure that your quartz countertop remains stain-free, you can take steps to ensure that its exposure to chemicals is limited. Don’t ever use your countertop for any kind of pastime that involves any form of chemical – e.g. painting, dyeing, heavy-duty gluing, using permanent markers, etc. Also, be careful with what products you use to clean it with. There is no need to use harsh solvents, and definitely do not try and use bleach. A simple mild soap should easily get rid of any buildup on the countertop, getting it sparkling clean again.
Quartz can experience heat damage
There is an expectation that because quartz is such as strong material, that it must be heat resistant (like granite). This is simply not true either. Although it is not as prone to heat damage as some other materials, you do still need to watch out. A hot pan that has come directly off of the stove is likely to leave a permanent mark.
Avoiding heat damage is as simple as placing a protective layer between your countertop and the hot object. Before placing down hot mugs, pots or pans, always remember a coaster or trivet. There are so many different styles available that are affordable, it’s super easy to find one that matches the aesthetic of your countertop and room. If you really don’t like the look of coasters and trivets, you can always store them away when not in use. This allows your quartz countertop to shine in all of its unstained glory.
Quartz countertops can experience UV damage
Although quartz is not going to stain due to normal amounts of exposure to direct sunlight, it is still not a good idea to place a quartz countertop outside, or in an area that sees direct sunlight for extended periods of the day. Prolonged exposure can cause your quartz to begin to discolor. This is especially obvious in darker-colored quartz.
If you have the redesigning opportunity and you really like the look of quartz counters, try to place them out of direct sunlight. Of course, they are going to be exposed to direct UV rays to some extent, but do your best to minimize this. If you can’t control the location of your countertops that are in heavy sunlight, perhaps you should reconsider whether quartz is the right choice for you.
Quartz countertops can still experience regular stains
Despite their sleek exterior, quartz countertops are still completely vulnerable to stains from everyday food and drink items. Red wine, coffee, and fruit juice are all going to stain your countertop if left to sit for too long. Granted, you do have a much larger chance of being able to clean up the mess completely, compared to other counter materials. But this doesn’t mean you can leave it alone without repercussions.
If you are cleaning up the spill as soon as it has happened, you only need a damp cloth or towel. This should be enough to wipe it up and leave no trace. If perhaps you didn’t do a proper cleaning job initially and you are now left with a slightly tougher mark, use a cloth, some warm water, and mild soap. The strength of the quartz means that you can generally work the countertop pretty hard without worrying about causing damage. If soapy water is not enough to get the stain out, then do not attempt to use harsher chemicals. There’s a high risk that these could stain the countertop even further.
If you do stain your quartz countertop, call a professional
If you have accidentally stained your countertop and basic cleaning methods aren’t working, it is highly recommended that you seek a professional for help. They have a greater understanding of the properties of quartz and will be able to use the right products to get it looking brand new again.
Some stains or damage is going to be permanent, and there will be nothing they can do to alleviate the discoloration. In cases like these, it is still important to utilize their services, as they can help to prevent the issue from getting worse.
Only properly maintained quartz countertops are stain-resistant
One of the benefits of quartz countertops is that they require very little heavy-duty maintenance. The quartz material is sealed as part of the fabrication process, so there is no need to continuously stay on top of that. But it is never a bad idea to reseal the quartz to reduce the chances of staining.
One of the most important things that you can do to help keep your quartz countertop stain-free, is to properly maintain it. This involves regularly cleaning it thoroughly so that potential stains don’t get the opportunity to cause damage. Remember to never use harsh chemicals, and you should be able to wipe away any dirt and impurities easily.
If you are still concerned about your counters, you can purchase cleaning agents that are specifically designed to clean quartz without damaging it. These can be found online, or through specialists in your area with a comprehensive knowledge of quartz.