How to Clean Granite and Quartz Countertops

How to Clean Granite and Quartz Countertops

Granite and quartz countertops make stylish and durable additions to any kitchen, but they need proper care and maintenance to stay at their best. The right cleaning agents and techniques will prevent stains and discoloration, and proper maintenance will keep them free of bumps, scratches and other damage. This quick guide will give you the tips you need to keep your countertops in perfect condition.

How to Keep Granite Countertops Clean

Cleaning and maintaining granite countertops helps preserve their appearance, prevent stains and avoid scratching, which can lead to permanent markings. When done correctly, cleaning your countertops can also help extend their life span. Here are some valuable tips on maintaining and cleaning stone countertops.

How Do You Clean Granite Countertops?

Follow these easy tips for the best way to clean granite countertops:

  • Use dish soap or granite and quartz cleaner: The cleaning agent is vital. A pH-balanced, nonabrasive cleaner designed for cleaning granite counters is the best choice. However, using diluted mild dish soap is also an effective option. You can even make your own granite cleaner using a simple recipe.
  • Use a soft sponge or microfiber cloth: Granite is somewhat prone to scratching, so clean it with a soft tool. Avoid abrasive scrubbers, as these could damage the surface.
  • Wring out water: Your sponge or cloth should be as dry as possible before use, so wring it out to remove excess water until suds appear. Do not allow water to pool on the countertop because granite is highly absorbent. If it absorbs too much water, you could notice some discoloration.
  • Wipe the counter: Wipe the countertop gently using small, circular motions. Dried-out food splatter may require a bit more force, but you should always use nonabrasive materials.
  • Completely dry your counter: Use a soft cloth immediately after wiping the granite. This will protect your granite from water damage, remove streaks and leave the surface shiny.
  • Use baking soda or granite stain remover: Use a homemade baking soda-based solution or a granite stain treatment to remove stains. Apply your product to any remaining spots after your initial cleaning and drying.

How Do You Care for Granite Countertops?

Maintain your granite countertop with these helpful tips:

  • Clean messes promptly: Clean messes as they are made — letting them sit could lead to staining and discoloration. The quicker you can clean up a mess, the better.
  • Seal regularly: Seal your granite regularly to protect it from stains and spills. Sealing your granite countertop will save you money and extend its life span.
  • Avoid sharp objects: Avoid putting sharp objects directly on your countertop to prevent scratches.
  • Dust the countertop surface: Dust your countertops to prevent abrasive particles from scratching the surface.
  • Use protective mats: Put placemats and trivets underneath appliances like toaster ovens and coffee machines. This protects the stone from wear and tear.
  • Use cutting boards: Always use a cutting board instead of cutting things directly on the granite.
  • Clean up crumbs: Crumbs encourage bacterial growth and can attract bugs. Keep food scraps off the granite, and never let a mess stand for too long.
  • Avoid heavy objects: Avoid putting heavy objects on the countertop. You should also avoid sitting or standing on the countertops, as they can crack under the pressure of too much weight.

How to Keep Quartz Countertops Clean

While granite and quartz are examples of stone, they have different properties that require different cleaning and maintenance techniques. These tips and tricks will help you keep your quartz countertop spotless and well-maintained.

How Do You Clean Quartz Countertops?

How Do You Clean Quartz Countertops?

Quartz is more durable than granite, and quartz is not porous, meaning sealant is not necessary. These are some cleaning tips unique to quartz countertops:

  • Use a gentle pH-balance cleaner: A mild pH-balanced cleaner made for quartz surfaces is ideal. Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners.
  • Create an isopropyl alcohol solution: To remove stubborn stains, use an isopropyl alcohol solution. Combine the solution with water and keep it at a 1:1 ratio. Gently use the solution to treat tricky stains.
  • Use soft nylon brushes: A soft nylon brush will deep clean your quartz countertop. This is most effective for cleaning seams and corners while avoiding scratches.
  • Use razor blades on tough spots: You can carefully use a razor blade to scrape things off your countertop. While this method effectively removes dried substances stuck to the counter, it should remain a backup plan and should not be done regularly. 
  • Combine warm water and dish soap: Much like granite, mild dish soap diluted with water is an effective option that makes an ideal choice for everyday cleaning. Make sure the soap is mild, and avoid harsh chemicals and bleach.

How Do You Care for Quartz Countertops?

Follow these maintenance tips to keep your quartz countertop in tip-top condition:

  • Avoid excessive heat: Quartz is heat-resistant, but it is still better to avoid putting hot items on your countertop. Use a mat or trivet to protect the countertop surface from extreme temperatures.
  • Protect from sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause your quartz countertop to fade over time. Use window coverings to protect your counters from UV rays.
  • Refrain from impact: Quartz may be durable, but it is not indestructible. Avoid dropping heavy objects directly on the surface to prevent chipping and cracks.
  • Inspect seams: Regularly inspect seams for signs of separation or damage. If needed, you can repair seams by filling them with epoxy or resin. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation when repairing seams on quartz countertops. 
  • Polish your countertops: Use granite and quartz polish to keep your countertops shiny and smooth. This specialized product enhances a stone countertop’s shine and brilliance and is still necessary even for a nonporous stone like quartz. The polish will highlight the natural patterns and colors in the stone.

Looking to Change Your Countertops? Contact H.H. Ross

Are you interested in updating or replacing your kitchen countertops? If so, you’ll want to know how to keep them in optimal condition. These tips will help you maintain your new countertops and keep them looking stunning.

If you’re looking to invest in granite or quartz kitchen countertops, shop the selection at Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. We’re a family-owned business with more than 60 years of experience in giving contractors and homeowners the best countertops. We can create beautiful countertops to match the style of any home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and beyond. 

Contact H.H. Ross for a free quote, and browse our range of countertop materials today.

Looking to Change Your Countertops? Contact H.H. Ross