How to clean quartz countertops

Keep quartz countertops clean, stain-free and in great condition with our advice

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Quartz countertops are a popular choice for kitchens – and no wonder. They look as beautiful as natural stone, they’re hygienic, and they’re easy to look after. Really, what’s not to love about this kitchen countertop material?

Like anything in your home, though, quartz countertops need the appropriate cleaning and care regime. That way, they’ll stay looking as good as the day they were fitted to your room. 

What do you need to know? It’s all right here. Just scroll down for the skinny. 

How to clean and maintain quartz countertops

To keep your quartz countertops in tip-top condition get yourself into a daily routine. You should wipe crumbs and dust off the surface every day with a damp cloth. The best cloth to use is a microfiber version which is kind to the quartz surface. 

If you want to use a cleaner on the quartz surface, you can use a mild dish soap solution. Don’t use too much, though.  A few drops in warm water will suffice. You can opt for a general household cleaner instead, but do make sure it’s a gentle, pH balanced product. 

If you spill anything on a quartz countertop, don’t wait until you’re doing your daily clean-up – a speedy intervention is key. Quartz is non-porous, but you should wipe up straightaway because it can nevertheless be marked. Again, it’s a microfiber cloth you want to use for the task. Rinse, then use a dry microfiber cloth to buff the surface dry. 

How to get rid of a stain or mark on a quartz countertop

Grease is a common cause of marks, but you can remove it from quartz countertops. Get yourself some household cleaner (see above for guidelines) and apply with a non-scratch cleaning pad. Rinse straightaway.

It there’s a stain that’s proving hard to remove, you can call on the same product help. This time leave the cleaner in contact with the stained area for a couple of minutes then work on it with a non-scratch pad. Again, make sure you rinse thoroughly.

When something you spilled is proving hard to get rid of, use a mild dish soap solution and a non-scratch pad. Rinse with warm water when you’ve finished. If this doesn’t do the trick, it’s time for household cleaners as above. Always work on the stain with a non-scratch pad and rinse thoroughly. 

Spilled something that’s dried on to the countertop? Food, paint or, er, gum can be scraped off using a plastic scraper. Here are the caveats: go gently and hold the scraper at an angle so you’re working on the debris and you don’t scratch the surface. 

Can you use vinegar on a quartz countertop?

Live in a hard water area? If limescale is spoiling the appearance of a quartz countertop, you can call on the old favorite to get rid of it. Yup, get the white vinegar out of the store cupboard along with that other trusty remedy, baking soda. Make up a paste with equal parts of vinegar and baking soda and apply to the surface and leave for 10 minutes or so. Remove the paste with cold water on a microfiber cloth. Bear in mind that you might need to repeat this process if the hard water staining is stubborn.

What shouldn’t you use on a quartz countertop?

Quartz countertops are easy to look after, but there are some things you shouldn’t use on them if you want to keep them in their original condition.

Don’t ever use abrasive cloths or scourers, steel wool, pumice stone or a stiff brush on a quartz countertop. They can damage the surface and make it lose its sheen. OK, you won’t make it unusable as quartz is a durable surface, but it won’t look as good. We’ve already mentioned using a microfiber cloth and that’s because it’s soft and won’t harm the quartz surface, but will still do an effective job. 

Make sure you don’t use harsh cleaners on the surface, either. We’re talking products like bleach or oven cleaner. 

Some quartz supplier recommend products such as Formula 409 and Windex to clean grease and stains off quartz. Do check your manufacturer’s guidance on this , however, as using a product it doesn’t recommend could invalidate your warranty.

How to bring the sheen back to a quartz countertop

If your quartz countertop has lost its luster, this could be due to build-up on the surface. If you haven’t been using mild dish soap to clean it, now’s the time to try this remedy as it could bring the shine back by banishing grease. 

The problem could also be caused by a build-up of cleaning products. If that’s the case, a specialist stone cleaning product that is designed for use on quartz as well is the one to go for. 

Sarah Warwick
Sarah Warwick

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For Realhomes.com, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.