Quartz Care Sheet - Motor City Granite & Cabinets

Care Sheet Quartz Counters

Daily Cleaning: Once daily or as needed, wipe your quartz surfaces clean with a damp cloth, then dry carefully.

More Intensive Cleaning: Always start with the gentlest method first, working your way to more intensive cleaning options until the desired results are achieved.

Routine Soils:

  • Using a mild soap or detergent, together with cool or warm water, wipe your quartz surfaces clean, using a soft cloth.
  • Use a soap or detergent with a pH range of 5 to 8. A lower pH is too acidic and a higher pH is too alkaline. Either extreme, can potentially dull the finish, especially with prolonged or repeated exposure.
  • After cleaning with soap and detergent, always thoroughly rinse the surface with cool water and immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.

Stubborn Soils:

  • If cleaning with soap and water is not removing the soil, you may consider “stepping up” to a common, non-abrasive household cleaner such as Soft Scrub All Purpose (no bleach). Apply the cleaner sparingly to a clean, damp, soft cloth (never directly to the quartz surface) and wipe gently. Repeat these steps until desired results are achieved, rinsing the soft cloth and re-applying the cleanser as necessary.
  • Thoroughly rinse the surface with cool water to remove any residue and immediately dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Grease Spots:

  • Moisten a clean soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe the spot. Repeat these steps until the desired results are achieved.
  • Always follow cleaning with mild soap or detergent as outlined above, then thoroughly rinse the surface with cool water and immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.

Glue, Tape, Stickers, Gum:

  • Apply Goo Gone or a similar d-Limonene based cleaner to a clean, soft cloth and apply to the affected area.
  • If necessary, gently scrape the residue using a plastic putty knife until removed.
  • Always follow cleaning with mild soap or detergent as outlined above, then thoroughly rinse the surface with cool water and immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.

DO NOT USE: Never use any of the following to clean your quartz counter. The list below is not all-inclusive and is a guide only. If a cleaning agent, tool, or technique is not explicitly suggested in the cleaning methods section above, it is NOT recommended for your quartz counters.

  • Abrasive cleaning pads such as Scotch Brite or the equivalent (any color).
  • Magic Erasers or equivalent melamine sponges.
  • Steel wool, SOS, Brillo, etc.
  • High acid cleaners such as tub and tile cleaner, mold remover, rust and hard water stain removers, toilet bowl cleaner, drain cleaner, etc.
  • Powdered oxalic acid (e.g. Bar Keeper’s Friend)
  • Alkaline cleaners such as bleach, ammonia, oven cleaner, etc.
  • Oil soaps.
  • Industrial solvents or fuels of any kind.
  • Paint stripper or floor stripper.
  • Goof Off
  • Stone polishes
  • Acetone or fingernail polish remover
  • Scouring powders, including Comet, Ajax, or baking soda
  • Concentrated detergents such as those intended for automatic dishwashers or laundry
  • Glass cleaners
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Metal polish of any kind
  • Toothpaste
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Products containing waxes or silicones

Excessive Heat Protection

Your quartz counter is designed to be heat resistant with normal use; however, like any product containing natural stone, it is subject to thermal shock when subjected to sudden and extreme changes in temperature.

It is not recommended to set hot pots or pans directly on quartz counters, therefore, always use a hot pad or trivet. Take care to similarly protect your counter from other sources of high heat, including, but not limited to, crockpots, electric skillets, griddles, and similar appliances.

Always Use a Cutting Board

Your quartz counter is highly scratch resistant, but not “scratch-proof”. Therefore, it is not recommended that you cut directly on the quartz surface. Always use a cutting board for this purpose, it will keep your counter, and knives, in the best possible condition.