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How to Clean Quartz Countertops (And Which Cleaners to Avoid)

If you’re wondering how to clean quartz countertops, a mild cleaner or dish soap is your best bet.

Quartz countertops are a mixture of natural quartz with polymer and resin. The result is a manufactured stone that’s scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, and durable enough for most cleaning products.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

But, if you want to keep your counters looking their best, there are certain cleaning products you should avoid. Here’s how to clean quartz countertops.

The Best Cleaners for Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are durable enough to handle most mild multi-surface and stone cleaners. Here’s a look at the best cleaning products for quartz or Silestone counters:

As long as your countertops are quartz (not quartzite), you can also use a gentle all-purpose cleaner like the ones from Method, Better Life, and Mrs. Meyers.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops: Step by Step

While you can purchase many spray cleaners, the best cleaner for Quartz countertops is dish soap. 

Step 1: Wash the Counters with a Sponge and Dish Soap

To wash your quartz counters, dampen a sponge or soft cloth and a couple of drops of dish soap. Work the dish soap in until the sponge becomes sudsy. Then, wash the counters.

Step 2: Rinse with Water

Rinse the soap from your cloth or sponge and re-wipe the counter to remove excess soap.

Step 3: Dry to Prevent Water Spots

Dry your quartz counters with a fresh towel to prevent streaks and water spots.

How to Disinfect Quartz Counters

To disinfect your quartz countertops, fill a clean spray bottle with 2 cups of water, four tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and a drop of dish soap. Give the bottle a light shake to combine.

Spray the solution on your counters, allow it to sit for one minute, and then wipe it away with a fresh cloth. You can use this as a homemade quartz cleaner.

If you don’t want to make your own cleaner, you can use a product like Weiman Granite and Stone Disinfecting wipes.

How to Remove Stains from Quartz with Baking Soda

Since baking soda is a mild abrasive, it’s not a good quartz cleaner. But you can use it as a possible stain remover. 

To remove stains from your quartz, mix baking soda with water until a paste forms. Apply the paste to the stain and allow it to dry. Once dry, remove the baking soda, rinse the area with water, and dry with a towel.

Cleaners to Avoid Using on Quartz

While quartz is one of the most durable stones, you must avoid using acidic or harsh cleaners. Don’t clean your counters with vinegar, ammonia, bleach, or acid-based products.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Can you use a Magic Eraser on Quartz?

You can use a Magic Eraser to remove stains from Quartz, but use caution. Since Magic Erasers are abrasive, pressing too hard can dull your counters.

Can you use granite cleaner on Quartz?

Yes, almost all granite cleaners are safe for quartz.

What are the best cleaning wipes for Quartz?

The best cleaning wipes for Quartz are Weiman Granite and Stone Cleaning or Disinfecting wipes.

Can I use Soft Scrub on Quartz countertops?

Don’t use Soft Scrub on quartz unless you’re trying to remove a stain. Even then, be cautious, as it can dull your countertop.

How do you get stains out of quartz?

If you’ve noticed a stain on your quartz countertop, dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe it over the stain until removed. Then, rinse the area with water and dry it.

Can you clean quartz with Dawn Power Wash?

Dawn Power Wash is safe quartz. Use it for extra cleaning power or as your daily cleaner.

Final Thoughts

Quartz is one of the most durable stone countertops withstanding heat, stains, and cleaning products better than comparable materials. The safest daily cleaner for your quartz is dish soap. But you can use any mild PH-neutral cleaner without issue.

To keep your counters in good condition, put potholders down before placing hot pans on the counter, clean the counters daily, and address spills as fast as possible.